Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Road Work: Which of Tennessee's Roads Should Be Fixed?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 5:01 AM

Over at, they're talking about the I-40 widening project out in Wilson County. It's notable, apparently, because "it is the largest design-build project to date that the Tennessee Department of Transportation has bid out. Design-build is a type of contracting that allows a single firm to design a project and construct it. Typically, the state would competitively bid the design and construction work separately."

While I think this is the kind of thing government waste watchdogs should keep an eye on, I think that under circumstances where the work needs to happen quickly, this is a good strategy for TDOT to have available to it.

This got me wondering, though: Why isn't I-40 at least six-lane from Memphis to Knoxville? I've never been on any portion of 40 that didn't seem busy enough to warrant it.

And that got me thinking, what fixes would you propose for roads in the area?

I have two dream road changes:

One: Having driven it pretty regularly for a few years, I'm convinced that the right lane on I-24 headed east should not disappear shortly after Briley and shortly before 24 merges with 65, but instead continue to Trinity Lane. Every backup happens there because people see the sign saying that the right lane goes to town. So everyone gets over, and then they have to shift back to the left lane because the lane disappears.

Two: If you are traveling on an interstate through town, there should be one lane you can get in that will remain the whole way through town. Right now, there's no way to take an interstate through town without having to switch lanes. But man, I think it would help move a lot of non-Nashvillians through town if they knew they could get in the marked lane for their interstate and stay in it and end up on that interstate on the other side of town.

Any of the rest of you have obvious (or not-so-obvious) fixes to our travel troubles?

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