Knoxville Mayor Madeline Battlin' Rogero threatens to kick some a$$ and the state backs off, thus saving face for Gov. Big Bill. OK, so I probably stretched it a little bit. But probably not that much. Heh. Story right smack here.
In the meantime, here's TDOT Commissioner John Schroer's official statement:
"Today’s action by the Knoxville Regional
Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) effectively stops work on the James
White Parkway Extension Project. Until today, TDOT continued work on the
project because it was included in the Knoxville TPO’s Transportation
Improvement Program (TIP). The project was developed in part to address
safety and congestion issues along Chapman Highway. We remain concerned
that our efforts to improve conditions along Chapman Highway will not be
sufficient now, and particularly in the future.
TDOT will not build projects that aren’t supported by communities and our local
partners. Today, we received a clear statement by the current members of
the Knoxville TPO that they do not wish to see the project progress. We
will no longer commit any further resources to this project"
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