They were wrong, and by letter
the Tennessee Department of Transportation is
TDOT staff told city and county
officials earlier this year that the Federal
Upon investigation, Ed Cole,
TDOT Chief of Environment and Planning, learned
The controversial construction
project was halted in federal court last July
``While the FHWA had discussed
doing an EIS on this project, no such
In CAPPE's petition to stop
the project, the group charged the FHWA, the
According to CAPPE members,
TDOT told city and county officials earlier this
The listening session, held by the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research, is part of a review of the project.
``I think what I publicly stated at the meeting was what I heard (TDOT) publicly state. Apparently, that was incorrect,'' said Forster. ``I'm glad they corrected the record.''
The statement prompted CAPPE to bring the error to the Cole's attention.
Gregg spoke with Cole June
9 about the inaccurate information and requested
Gregg was surprised that officials at the May listening session didn't approach CAPPE after Forster's statement.
``I know that many local officials had also received this erroneous information and none had approached us to discuss it,'' she said.
The result of the error, wrote
Gregg to TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely on
With regard to TDOT's handling
of the matter, Gregg said, ``We're very
TDOT also sent a copy of the
letter to the UT Center for Transportation
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