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Murray Lane, Holly Tree Gap intersection improvements in final design phase

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Murray Lane, Holly Tree Gap intersection

An aerial view of the intersection of Murray Lane and Holly Tree Gap Road.

Brentwood city commissioners on Monday unanimously approved an agreement with an engineering firm to help alleviate future traffic backups that commonly occur at the intersection of Murray Lane and Holly Tree Gap Road.  

Commissioners awarded a $125,907.20 contract to Alfred Benesch & Company for its engineering and design services to improve the current three-way intersection.  

A study conducted in 2019 recommended a roundabout at the intersection, based on factors such as safety, cost and capacity to handle nearby school traffic, according to city staff notes.  

Several impacted property owners voiced their concerns with the project at the commission’s May 12 meeting. Some questioned the functionality of a roundabout and how it would impact their property and home values.  

However, city staff and commissioners ultimately decided the costs associated with the roundabout were too high due to existing water utility vaults that would need to be relocated. 

City Manager Kirk Bednar shared more Monday about the project’s completion timeline and how the city plans to coordinate to ensure work is done when school is out for the year.    

“The hope would be to begin some right-of-way acquisition by the end of the year and start construction next spring,” Bednar said. “It’s a difficult intersection and no real alternatives to detour around it, so it will be a challenging project, but this contract will allow us to begin the final design.”

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