Interstate 40 is About to Go Crazy; Read This Blog CP March 27, 2008 Blogging, News 6 Comments Related
We are stuck right in the middle of the mess. Sometimes living downtown isn’t so convenient. Now if somebody would just move Turkey Creek closer to downtown and put in a Macys, well that’d be just superyduper! That’s a smartfix I can get behind!
I had posted an article at the Wigshop last month analyzing the “SmartFix.” The problem is holistic- two four lanes are intersecting I-40 at basically the same place: Hall of Fame and James White. An interstate interchange takes up a lot of land, and when you have TWO… you get the traffic engineer gymnastics that are building a huge artificial hill and deep lane pits- all so the double interchange can coil over itself on four layers.
SmartFix? I think not.
Get rid of James White. That’s the elephant in the room that no one is addressing in this whole scenario.
Good analysis CK. Most don’t think about James White Parkway.
We use James White, but only because it’s connected to the equally useless South Knox Connector and that provides us with a quick route into our neighborhood that doesn’t involve either Henley or Gay. That’s the only thing it’s good for though.
I think that the James White bridge is still somewhat useful, but instead of hanging a hard right at first creek and going up a dedicated freeway, South Knoxvillians could just turn right at a (hypothetical) new intersection onto Hall of Fame Dr. (at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame). Then they could still get to I40 with only a few more minutes of drive time.
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