DAILY NEWS JOURNAL: Rep. Scott DesJarlais gets involved with Murfreesboro's Battlefield road issue
MURFREESBORO -- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais seeks to help Murfreesboro build a Northfield Extension to the Stones River National Battlefield entrance on Thompson Lane, his spokesman confirmed Monday.
DesJarlais is working with the Department of Interior, said spokesman Brendan Thomas, who works for the Republican from South Pittsburg. The congressman is running for re-election against Democrat Mariah Phillips of Murfreesboro.
“Because of business-friendly economic and job policies, Murfreesboro is a rapidly growing area with infrastructure needs, a good problem to have," DesJarlais said in a statement. "For example, a new medical center and other job sites are opening at the Gateway location near the battlefield. I am confident we can balance local history and economic growth, and am working to settle this matter as quickly as possible for the benefit of all our citizens.”
To reach an agreement with battlefield officials, Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland offered a land swap that would provide the National Park Service five to six acres in Old Fort Park at Fortress Rosecrans, a Civil War historic site where the the Union Army stored weapons and other supplies.
The city in exchange would be able to build Northfield Extension by 2019 to the Battlefield entrance with a traffic signal that leads from the Gateway area. The city has agreed to complete a road to Thompson Lane for a children's health-care office that Vanderbilt University Medical Center is building.