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  1. TDOT is currently accepting proposals for design services for the widening of I-65 to six lanes from Long Hollow Pike to the Kentucky state line. This work is divided into four segments but will be designed and constructed concurrently. Only two of the segments are shown in the three-year plan, but assuming typical intervals all four would go to construction in FY 2023. These were supposed to be design-build projects but were moved to design-bid-build, I'm not sure why exactly. TDOT is updating the I-40/I-81 corridor plan now, it will probably include a recommendation to widen I-40 to at least six lanes to I-81, then all of I-81 in Tennessee. TDOT is already installing a third lane in certain locations between Nashville and Knoxville. The I-65 corridor study already recommended widening I-65 to at least six lanes from Kentucky through Bear Creek Pike east of Columbia, which is a little less than two-thirds of the mileage through the state.
  2. The IMPROVE Act projects were not "shovel-ready", to borrow the stimulus term. In fact, most of them had been sitting in environmental purgatory long enough that they needed NEPA reevaluations, which is adding to the time. But there are plenty in the works. The ones currently under construction are mostly bridge replacements, as they are generally the quickest to go to construction. I-440 was a design-build project, which is why it beat the other roadway projects to construction. FYI, you can track the progress of these projects here: https://www.tdot.tn.gov/projectneeds/spot There is a filter for project status that can show the ones currently being constructed.
  3. Slightly off-topic, but not really. Some of you may remember about ten or fifteen years ago, when TDOT had completed phase I of the I-40/Briley interchange improvements on the west side of town, they went ahead and built a bridge pier in the median for the phase II improvements. They did this because they were already working in the median for the Briley / White Bridge overpass, and it was easier from a maintenance of traffic perspective to knock out all of the median work at one time. It sat there for a couple of years before the flyover was completed. I was driving a car one day during these couple of years with someone, we'll call her an acquaintance, who didn't know at the time what I did for a living. We passed the interchange on I-40 and she pointed to the pier, hanging out all by itself. "You know why that's there, right?" No, I have no idea. Why is that there? "When they were building the new bridge, they read the plans wrong and thought they were supposed to build it towards town instead of away from town. Then someone told them they were building it wrong, but they'd already built that support, so they had to just leave it there." Oh, OK. That's pretty crazy.
  4. I was hoping for them to use the sound wave motif across the front, or a sash mimicking the N in the crest. (The crest is still trash, by the way.) Edit: 9,000 hours of painstaking work in MS Paint later...
  5. That one looks like a handicap ramp where the handrails weren't rendered. But yes, it's ridiculous when it shows up.
  6. I like the nod to the previous occupants of the property, but that is going to confuse the hell out of anyone who isn't familiar with the area. Such as, you know, hotel guests.
  7. Since everyone is complaining I used my powers of site development to fix One Bellevue Place. As always, Crosland, my services are available for a reasonable fee.
  8. That angled step outside the door facing Third Avenue is really asking for trouble. Designer should have just taken the L on that one and had both doors front KVB.
  9. The technical answer is that it's required by the state constitution. But the general reason you would want to elect a property tax assessor is to avoid a situation where they are able to carry out a personal agenda without accountability, since they are supposed to act independently of the county executive and council. Same reason we elect judges. Metro just retimed the signals in 2016. They would be due for another retiming in the next year or so assuming they have budgeted for this. https://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/pw/2016 Countywide Signal Timing Optimization.pdf
  10. Well, the article states that high hotel rates were a factor in relocating, then calls out Nashville specifically as a city with even higher hotel rates, so that's not promising.
  11. Typically once projects within TDOT's purview reach the point where they are considered on an individual level, TDOT completes a planning report for the project that brings together most of the information they need to start an environmental review and begin design. They go out to the project site, collect traffic counts, perform preliminary cost estimates, put together functional plans (done on aerial imagery without survey), things like that. I'm pretty sure this project is in that phase and that the report should be close to completion. After that report is completed, the project moves to the environmental phase where TDOT completes all the documentation necessary to satisfy NEPA requirements. This is usually where projects get bogged down, but TDOT has a programmatic categorical exclusion agreement for bridge replacements. That's here: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/tdot/environmental/Final%20PA%20for%20Categorical%20Exclusions.pdf This just means that TDOT can skip most of the environmental process for bridge replacements meeting certain conditions. I am not sure if this bridge would qualify since Union Station is a NRHP-listed building, but either way they can expedite the process. There are some examples of CEs for bridge replacements located here (for a design-build project currently out for bids in West Tennessee): https://www.tdot.tn.gov/Applications/Documents?pathName=%5CConstruction%5CDesign_Build%5CDB1901%5CReference%20Material%5CEnvironmental%5C3-12-19 After that is approved it may go to design or to alternative delivery, more on that in a minute. If I am correct, it would show up here once completed, but it is generally not publicized at this stage: https://www.tn.gov/tdot/government/g/planning-studies.html There are also other examples of the project planning reports I mentioned above at this link. If I can speculate, I would guess that, if they leave the bridge open during construction, they will retain at least four lanes (two in each direction) at all times. The AADT on Broadway in the bridge area can work with only four lanes, and most people familiar with the Broadway / West End corridor know that, due to the intermittent on-street parking, turning vehicles, deliveries, and the like, the outside lane is not often utilized anyway. The work would require multiple phases but the bridge is wide enough to reconstruct in this manner (any proposed bridge can't be much wider and the horizontal/vertical alignment has to stay pretty much the same because of the adjacent developments). That being said, this is a prime candidate for ABC, either through an alternative delivery contract or via the typical contracting methods. If TDOT goes for ABC via an alt-d contract, the most straightforward way to do it is to assign costs for time and lane closures and let the contractors figure out the quickest and cheapest way. So it could take any form: weekend closures, shut it all the way down, etc. And of course there is CSX underneath the bridge, so they will have a say in the process.
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