Letter: Regretful Adventures

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Mr. Howard’s letter [“Stick to the Plan,” Dec. 20, 2012] concerning the proposed James White Parkway extension seems to conclude that it’s the burden of citizens and their elected representatives to provide an alternative plan to the Yes Build solution that resolves the traffic and safety issues. It’s my understanding that designing such an alternative plan is TDOT’s job, not that of concerned citizens who have done their duty by voicing their opinions.

The considerable public opposition to the project’s construction represents a challenge to TDOT to reinvent itself for the 21st century. Considering the likely increase in gas prices, the trend toward driving less, and the new awareness of environment fragility, my conclusion is that we need to seriously rethink how we design our communities. If safety along Chapman Highway is a concern, TDOT has an opportunity now to showcase its creativity and engineering skills by taking on the continuing problem of how to modernize and improve our existing transportation infrastructure rather than set out on new adventures we might regret.

Michael Kaplan

Knoxville

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davidallanhoward writes:

Michael Kaplan:

TDOT did its job: it offered 3 solutions and 1 no-build option. Should the no-build option be selected I’m sure they will put those 40-year-old plans back into storage while continuing to affix bandages to the Chapman Highway corridor.

I merely challenged our elected representatives (and anyone else) who opposed the completion of the Parkway to offer their own solutions to this decades-old problem. To date I’ve not heard, nor has anyone offered, a reasonable alternative to completion of the Parkway.

Cheerfully encouraging TDOT “to showcase its creativity and engineering skills by taking on the continuing problem of how to modernize and improve our existing transportation infrastructure” is NOT a solution. TDOT has stated, repeatedly, that it is virtually impossible to improve Chapman Highway due to costs and logistical constraints.

The mere fact that a bike club managed to rally their members to a public hearing does not constitute “considerable public opposition”, but you are free to believe as you wish.

I believe the growing populations along the Knox/Sevier County line that must rely on Chapman Highway almost daily far outnumber those that oppose this project and I believe they are making the BIGGER investment in South Knoxville/Knox County.

David Howard

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