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  1. I agree with a lot of what you said, we're in Huntsville and when we go to Chattanooga or East Tn we get on I-24 at US-72 which means we don't even have to experience Monteagle. I've had all the experience with Monteagle for my life time and hope to not experience it anymore. It never fails that we're delayed a couple hours between US-72 and I-124 (I refuse to call that road US-27) by a mind numbing accident or slowed down from what we can tell by nothing. As for Nashville MSA as a whole and I've said it over a dozen times here. The biggest problem is that from about I-440 and about Briley Pkwy. out to the suburbs you have eight, ten to twelve lanes. Inside I-440 and Briley Pkwy into Nashville, they haven't been touched since they were built. That means eight, ten to twelve lanes all converging and bottle necking onto a six lane hasn't been upgraded 50-60 year old downtown loop. I won't call "Fast Fix-8" or whatever it was called an upgrade but rather a rebuild of what was already there. I've always called bull on the "widening doesn't help" crowd and maybe it doesn't in a lot of places. I don't see adding lanes would help a thing on I-24 from Briley/Thompson to the Boro but the bottleneck which inside I-440 and Briley and the downtown loop would. Yes there's room for twelve lanes everywhere on the loop without acquiring new right of way, I've 1 to 1 scale CAD'd this in the past. That's the biggest thing I didn't get about the double decking idea, there's room within the current right of way to do the same without adding an eyesore. Think I-71 in downtown Cincinnati where they have eight to ten lanes with a ten foot shoulders butted up against a walls on both sides. On the west side of the loop between George L. Davis and 14th Ave think about rather an exit per street (Demonbreun, Broadway, Church and Charlotte) and exit (traveling north) at Demonbreun, service road then re-entry ramp after Charlotte connection Demonbreun, Broadway, Church and Charlotte as one ramp with a service road system. The service road is already there with George L. Davis and 14th Ave. Same on the east side with Shelby to Spring Street, one exit to service road connecting Shelby, Woodland, Main and Spring followed by a re-entry ramp. 4th and 2nd Avenue exits need to go away on the south side from too many people trying to shoot over three lanes at once to go west on I-24 or south on I-65 causing accidents. I didn't do this configuration in my CAD drawing mentioned above but I have mentioned here my idea of the whole downtown loop running in one direction counter clock wise with seven lanes so no new bridges has to be built and no lanes added. Just removal of the middle retaining wall and reconfigure/removal of two ramps per all interstate junctions, I-24 bridge being two bridges will make this plan tricky though... As for I-65 north to the state line six lanes would be nice but I've never really had a problem there but maybe I've been lucky.
  2. ^^^My dad who grew up in Toledo has talked about when they would go up to Tiger's games there was little to no parking around old Tiger Stadium that it was like what we know around here parking for a college football game. You paid to park in someones yard. I've been to Tiger Stadium once when I was eight in 1988 and remember very little about the surroundings, but remember the game itself. I do remember the players parking was along the street fronting the stadium and it was a very impressive line of Ferrari's, Lamborghini's and the likes.
  3. Kind of mentioned above, why didn't they build the mall on the land owned on the other side of Briley that they were going to do Dolly's thing? Did they own that land back then? I could be wrong but I thought I remembered it being a significant amount more land on the east side of Briley that they own then the current site on the west side? If so it seems they could have built the mall there, moved a majority of the parking over there too, kept the park and have expansion room using the then and current parking lot. With some infrastructure work it being on both sides of Briley they could have kept it all as ONE attraction. I've mentioned it here before with (I think) little love fair, if a new park was built I'd put it on Cornelia Fort. Tons of land there, build a bridge over the Cumberland at the Opry Mills exit, maybe a sky tram from the hotel to the park and you have three to five times the land to build on than the current site. All could haves, should haves, would haves and pie in the sky ideas I know.
  4. ^^^I hate when North isn't at the top on a map, it took me a hot minute to figure out "the rivers not north of Nissan..." that routing.
  5. Arizona Cardinals used to be the Phoenix Cardinals after they moved from St. Louis. Yes, St. Louis used to have two pro teams named the Cardinals.
  6. As I remember it we had a first design for two towers which included the small parking lot. The lot owner started playing hardball while Bass Berry was putting up a fuss as well, then the developer released a second design with two towers still but didn't include the small parking lot. If I remember right both towers gained a few stories as well due to the smaller footprint. Later a third and final design came with the north tower removed and the pedestal keeping the same footprint for both towers and without the small parking lot. All that to say is if they were to come back and build the north tower I don't think they'll need the small parking lot, the question is if they built the pedestal in that location strong enough to add about 35 stories on top of it. I could be off on all that though but I don't think so.
  7. I'm a car guy and I HATE the water (honestly terrified of large bodies of water or ones with current), I would love a view of the interstate way more than the river. I'm sure I'm the only one though.
  8. How on earth could Montreal be a top contender for an expansion team? Montreal wouldn't make my top fifty. It didn't work AT ALL the first time so why would it work now? The Expos was a perennial last in attendance with some decent teams dang near every year of there existence and a terrible fan following in there area. It was SOOOO bad that MLB purchased the franchise to move to DC. Again why do they think this time will be any different or am I missing something? Charlotte, Nashville, San Antonio or Austin, Portland, Indianapolis New Orleans, Las Vegas or even Buffalo should get a look at over Montreal.
  9. ^^^That is what the news was reporting at the time. Also back then no one thought hockey was working nor was it going to in Nashville so they probably thought the Preds were on there way out. That's my guess anyways, I hear what you are saying but actually the first two cities mentioned for the Grizzlies was Nashville and Louisville with Memphis coming later out of the blue. I think Memphis was the better choice for the same reason you mentioned and Memphis has always been more of a basketball city than Nashville. I think (could be wrong) Memphis probably produces the most instate basketball talent in TN.
  10. If I remember right almost twenty years ago around 2001, 2002 or 2003 when the Grizzlies were looking to move it was between Nashville, Louisville and Memphis. If I remember right there first choice was Nashville but since Nashville gave complete control of the arena to the Preds so they (the Preds) had to agree to it as well. The Preds did not want to share the arena and a fan base to a sport that plays its seasons at the same time frame they play there season so they stopped them from coming to Nashville. As for the Grizzlies, did anyone here really stop rooting for the team they've pull for before and become a Grizzlies fan? I'm still a Celtics fan and could care less about the Grizzlies, probably still would had they moved to Nashville other than I'd might have a second favorite team.
  11. ^Yeah they're a fairly new style interchange but there are a few around. The only one I know of in TN is SR-66 in Sevierville into the Gatlinburg area though. North Carolina has built a few. I thought the Bell Rd. or Hickory Hollow exit on 24 was also going to use this style interchange as well. Again I think they're quite genius.
  12. those interchanges are actually genius, it does away with all wide turns and keeps traffic flowing better. I've used this style of interchange before and I don't think they're confusing either. Better IMO than a round-a-bout because they're more dummy proof.
  13. I did not know an interstate number could be used twice within the same state, that's why I went I-624 since that hasn't been taken in the State and if Briley was upgraded between I-24 and I-40 on the southeast (airport) then it would cross I-24 twice also. I'm reserving an I-224 for Chattanooga, I-424 for Murfreesboro and I-824 for Clarksville if the need ever came up. Can upgrading I'm guessing a miles and a half of existing roadway really cost in the nine figure range? If Ellington connect to the DT loop directly it would no longer be a spur which is why I gave it an even number. As you "run it through the conceptual design wringer" eliminate the ramps with Spring Street and Main Street and add ramps to I-24!
  14. I'm from Lawrenceburg with a lot of family in Ohio. Like I said earlier I-65 was on the east side of the loop in my childhood, maybe I'm old school but if I'm heading north through Nashville (still on 65 today since I'm in Huntsville now) despite what the I-65N signs say I still take the east side of the loop when seeing family. I can't say I have ever driven the old I-265 ever. The only times I can ever remember going on the west side of the loop was when I worked at I.C. Thomasson as a draftsman delivering drawings at Cummings Station to I can't remember the arch's there back then. Even though I've been there more than any other arch firms I can't remember the name, home base was out of Atlanta and was a two name name. and Earl Swanson ( I think) in the Lowes building in West end. We're talking about 2001-2004. Also we use the west side of the loop when we would go to the State Capital protesting against state income tax around 2002. My wife and I have had multiple nights at the Sheraton and I bought a G coupe from a guy living in the Viridian. Those are the only times thinking out loud I can ever remember using the west side of the loop.
  15. The only ramps needing reconfigured are the interstate ramps. Secondary roads could keep a left and right entrance/exit ramps sign it to what your next turn would be. I'm getting on the loop from 2nd ave. south heading south I can take the first ramp (of a counter clock rotation) if I want take 65N/24W or I could take the second ramp on the if I want to go 40E/24E. Maybe Prune I'm not getting the confusion your talking about.
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