Now that the James White Parkway extension has been canceled, is it time to encourage TDOT, TPO, etc. to focus on fixing Alcoa Highway? Check out the TDOT project site.
TDOT has divided the project into four segments that will be done separately (three segments are in Knox County (Topside Road to UT Hospital) and one is in Blount County (Singleton Station Road to Topside)). Among the improvements are turn lanes, overpasses, fewer crossovers and frontage or access roads. According to TDOT's web site, no timetable has been established for any activities beyond the public hearing process. According to TDOT project director Michael Russell, "he expected the final environmental document stating no significant impact to be signed and approved by federal authorities this fall. At this point, money has already been allocated to begin designing the entire project."
These fixes to Alcoa Highway do not include any sort of Alcoa Highway Bypass/Parkway in Alcoa, which should be canceled like the James White Parkway extension.
I have been told "TDOT has 9 times as many projects as funding." Is it now time to make Alcoa Highway safe a top priority?
Each of us can take action to move this issue.
Two things you can do:
1. Contact your local and state elected officials and ask them to make fixing existing Alcoa Highway/US129/SR115 the #1 priority in this region for the state's limited highway funds. Now is the time to do this when they are in their home districts.
Contact your own representatives even if you do not live in the district that Alcoa Highway runs through. You and your loved ones drive on it. And contact the elected officials who represent the Alcoa Highway Corridor. Many of these are named below.
2. Contact residents you know along the Alcoa Highway corridor and people who commute along Alcoa Highway, and ask them to contact their representatives. Giving them the contact information will make it more likely they will follow through. Encourage neighborhood associations to do the same.
Contact information follows.
Knox County State Senators
District 5 - Randy McNally, 307 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243-0205, 615-741-6806
District 6 - Becky Duncan Massey, 3 Legislative Plaza, Nashville, TN 37243 615-741-1648
District 7 - Stacey Campfield, 4 Legislative Plaza, Nashville, TN 37243-0207 615-741-1766
Knox County State Representatives
District 13 - Gloria Johnson, 38 Legislative Plaza, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-2031
District 14 - Ryan Haynes, 214 War Memorial Bldg., Nashville, TN 37243-0114, 615-741-2264
District 15 - Joseph Armstrong, 35 Legislative Plaza, Nashville, TN 37243-0115, 615-741-0768
District 16 - Bill Dunn, 115 War Memorial Bldg., Nashville, TN 37243-0116, 615-741-1721
District 18 - Steve Hall, 113 War Memorial Bldg., Nashville, TN 37243-0118, 615-741-2287
District 19 - Harry Brooks, 117 War Memorial Bldg., Nashville, TN 37243-0119, 615-741-6879
District 89 - Roger Kane, 202A War Memorial Bldg., Nashville, TN 37243-0117, 615-741-4110
Knox County Commission District 9
Mike Brown, City County Building, Suite 602, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902, 865-577-4715
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett
City County Building, Suite 615, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902, 865-215-2005
City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero
City County Building, Suite 691, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902, 865-215-2040
Blount County State Senator
Doug Overbey, 301 6th Ave North, Suite 306 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-0981
Blount County House Representatives:
Rep. Bob Ramsey, 310 6th Ave, North, Suite 201, War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-3560
Rep Art Swann, 10 6th Ave, North, Suite G-19A, War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-5481
City of Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor
City of Maryville, 400 W Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37801, 865-273-3900
City of Alcoa Mayor Don Mull
City of Alcoa, 223 Associates Boulevard, Alcoa, TN 37701-1948
Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell
Blount County, Blount County Courthouse, 341 Court Street, Maryville, TN 37804-5906, 865-273-5700
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