N. MJ Road section now open for business

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=5|imageid=320|displayname=0|float=left}District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers said the project really began in 2001, when TDOT worked to widen South Mt. Juliet Road and modify the interchange with I-40 to accommodate Providence MarketPlace.

I have already heard from several constituents who are pleased with the improvements to Mt. Juliet Road, Beavers said. The project has reduced congestion and provided easier access to all the businesses located along this corridor.

Beavers noted that she is one of many local residents who have been stuck in traffic while the construction was under way. When the project finished on May 25, she said she had heard reports that businesses enjoyed record sales on Saturday, May 26.

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty said the completion of the North Mt. Juliet Road project was a milestone in the citys larger plan to become more than just a bedroom community of Nashville.

We want to be a true edge city and the first component was widening North Mt. Juliet Road, Hagerty said. There are hundreds of people that need to be thanked for this.

District 57 State Rep. Linda Elam, who served at Mt. Juliets Mayor when the project began, said while the construction was a major difficulty, it also was a symbol of progress.

This extensive project has been a long time coming, but is sorely needed, she said. Now we get to enjoy for years to come the many benefits arising from our patience during the construction phase.

Businesses and the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce are preparing their own celebration to be held Friday, June 8, through Saturday, June 15, with their Rediscover North Mt. Juliet initiative.

Mt. Juliet Chamber President Mark Hinesley said the participation by businesses along the 2.2-mile stretch of North Mt. Juliet Road has been overwhelming. The major part of the initiative is a Bingo game where customers visit each participating stores to take advantage of sales and enter for a chance to win many prizes on the final day.

So far, Hinesley said almost every single business has signed up to take part, and they had to alter the game of Bingo to accommodate them.

We actually had to go up to MJ Bingo because we didnt have enough squares on the Bingo card, Hinesley said. This lets us have 49 squares on the cards.

Hinesley said the plan is to encourage customers to get back into the habit of visiting the businesses in the north end of Mt. Juliet. Each business on the Bingo card will have a stamp to signify that customers have been in to shop at their store.

The businesses will also be having sales and special promotions during the week to celebrate the event and bring customers through their doors.

Hinesley said the Bingo game begins this Friday, June 8, and ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. You can find the Bingo card at participating businesses on North Mt. Juliet Road and at the Chamber office at 46 West Caldwell Street, Mt Juliet.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.