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One-Man Protest Staged Against Bradyville Pike Expansion

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by Marcus Washington

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Rutherford County man is staging a protest against the proposal to expand the road where he lives.

While not big in size, the message is simple and clear: if you drive by too fast down this Murfreesboro road, you might mistake Horace Martin's mission.

"A lady came up and had about ten $1bills and said, 'here you go.' I said, 'no lady, you put that in church. I am not a panhandler,'" he says.

Martin's hold his one-man protest from his mobility scooter with a simple sign that reads, "No Highway."

Officials say they plan to widen Bradyville Pike in Murfreesboro between South East Broad and Rutherford Parkway.

After hearing about the plan to expand the very road he lives on, Martin decided to protest.

"It's going to be too difficult for me to cross the road now. It's going to be so wide, people will be going fast and more traffic - my chances of getting run over will be greater now," says Martin.

For the past two years Martin has used his mobility scooter to get from one place to the other.

"I pray to God every time I go down this highway that he takes care of me," says Martin.

Chris Shofner with the City of Murfreesboro says the stretch of Bradyville Pike is old, doesn't have any shoulders and a lot of walking traffic out there.

The $7.3 million capital improvement project is a city, state and federal partnership that officials said will improve safety on the roadway.

"It's going to be a whole lot safer out there than it is right now… especially when you have sidewalks. They don't have to get in the streets," says Shofner.

Not only is Bradyville being widened to three lanes, but the project will include sidewalks, bike lanes and an upgrade in light signals.

Martin says but he wants to see it happen to believe it.

"If they expand it, make it safer for me to go on it and drive my scooter, because I travel down this road a lot," says Martin.

The project could take up to five years before construction begins. Preliminary designs are currently being looked at.

Back in 2009 improvements were made to the pavement and bike lanes were added as part of the interim project.

Utilities will also be moved as part of the expansion.

Once started, it's expected the project will take up to two years to complete.

Email: mwashington@newschannel5.com

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