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I like this article.
I do not see any mention of what sort of designs the intersections will be.
There look to be a lot of innovavative intersection designs,
What about cameras, sensors and using the Web for making it a "smart street?" UT's transportation research group could monitor it and use as a teaching tool.
From "Roads Gone Wild" in Wired magazine ...
"The old ways of traffic engineering - build it bigger, wider, faster - aren't going to disappear overnight. But one look at West Palm Beach suggests an evolution is under way. When the city of 82,000 went ahead with its plan to convert several wide thoroughfares into narrow two-way streets, traffic slowed so much that people felt it was safe to walk there. The increase in pedestrian traffic attracted new shops and apartment buildings. Property values along Clematis Street, one of the town's main drags, have more than doubled since it was reconfigured"
"Instead of widening congested highways, New Jersey's DOT is urging neighboring or contiguous towns to connect their secondary streets and add smaller centers of development, creating a series of linked minivillages with narrow roads, rather than wide, car-choked highways"
"WORST WASTE OF PUBLIC FUNDS AND URBAN ACREAGE"
That goes for both sides of the river. Horrible waste of space.
Aside from the space issues there are significant health issues....http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/...http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23188393/
Are you sure folks were not voting for your old metropulse.com site?
Even if your motivation is revenue, this is very short sighted. With foresight and protection we will always have tourism as a source of revenue. Coal is a flame that will burn out quickly. That a miniscule part of the state will benefit from. Tourism and the scenic beauty of the state buys a lot more groceries than coal ever will.
This is about exporting coal and making money for coal companies. Not the good of Tennessee.
Coal Can't Fill World's Burning Appetitehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/03/20/ST2008032000989.html
Personally the scenic rural characteristics of the state make it a desirable place to live. Destroying the natural landscape and overdevelopment do irreparable damage to our quality of life.