Some residents said the
Tennessee Department of Transportation didn't
Others said that just wasn't the case.
Elected officials relayed the
support of local government during the
It was all part of a listening
session Thursday held by the University of
Gov. Phil Bredesen ordered the project reviews this year, and they are scheduled for completion in July, said Steve Richards, the center director.
The project in question was
the proposed construction of 4.4 miles of
Work to complete the extension
was halted last year when a group of
Richards invited Maryville
Mayor Steve West and Alcoa Mayer Don Mull to
West said the city needs the
extension to relieve traffic congestion,
``Mass transit may come someday,'' he said. ``But in the near future it's going to be automobiles.''
According to Blount Partnership
President and CEO Fred Forster, the county's
``It just makes sense,'' he said of the project.
Marian Fitzgerald, a member
of CAPPE, raised questions about the potential
While the project may have
been planned for years, TDOT had failed to notify
TDOT also failed to note local
planning policies, according to Susan Keller,
Sometimes, those who opposed
were treated indifferently, said Colleen
``We were told, `Where were you 20 years ago?'''
TDOT's traffic data was challenged by one resident.
Speakers each got four minutes each, and Richards and the rest of his colleagues listened, interrupting only to tell people when they had one minute left to talk.
Richards said the center is not in the position of deciding which projects will be completed, but after collecting information will issue reports with their findings and recommendations to TDOT.
The center's team will collect data through June. He said they would also take letters, e-mails and, if necessary, meet face-to-face with individuals and other groups.
He offered his e-mail address
(email@example.com) to audience members who
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