This site is dedicated to preserving the peace and tranquility of the Quaker Knob and Stone Dam Rd. area from the proposed TDOT bypass around the 11E bypass. TDOT surveyed the existing 11E bypass and found that there was congestion. The TDOT survey found that approximately 26,000 vehicles traveled through Greeneville per day. With imput from local government, TDOT came up with a plan to put a bypass around the existing 11E bypass.
TDOT came up with three plans. Alternate A, Alternate B and the third plan is to improve the existing 11E bypass. Of course, a "no build" option exists.
The Western end of Alternate A and Alternate B both start between Pruitt Rd. and Hal Henard Rd. and are North of the existing 11E bypass and terminate either between Stone Dam Rd and Wagon Wheel Trail (Alternate A) or at Rt. 107 (Alternate B). Here is a link to the TDOT website with a PDF map of the Alternate plans.
There is no question that the current 11E bypass is congested at times. At a public meeting on September 27, 2011, a number of questions were asked of TDOT officials. One question was during the TDOT survey of the current 11E bypass, did the survey determine how many of the 26,000 vehicles per day were local traffic and how many vehicles were passing through. The TDOT survey DID NOT determine how may vehicles were local and how many were not.
Based upon the TDOT survey, a determination was made to either bypass the current 11E bypass or to improve the existing road. The decision to bypass the existing 11E bypass is flawed. If the majority of the current 11E bypass traffic is local (and we believe that it is), building Alternate A or Alternate B would not relieve the congestion and be a huge waste of taxpayer money. If the majority of the current 11E traffic is not local, then there would be an economic impact on the many business located along the current 11E bypass. Improving the current 11E bypass makes the most sense. It is the least expensive and will cause less impact on local businesses. .
The original "Option A" plan has been revised because of impacts on Sinking Creek cave. "Option A-1" is approximately 1500 feet south of the original "Option A". "Option A-1" would still adversely impact this entire area, including, homes, farms, farm animals, a possible Indian burial ground called "Tater Hill", a Certified Wild Life Habitat and the many fine people who reside in this area. Here is a link to a Google Earth image of the Quaker Knob proposed bypass Option A-1".
Additionally there are two Greene Valley Development Center "Community Homes" recently built in the path of the new Option A-1. These homes cost about $856,000 each. Both of these "Community Homes" will be impacted or have to be removed for the construction of the Option A-1. See Greeneville Sun article.
Link to a Google Earth image of the original "Option A" proposal.
Link to the Greeneville Bypass Environmental Statement dated August 2009 making the change in the "Option A" proposal. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view this document.
While building a bypass around the existing bypass in Greeneville may appear to be a local problem for the residents of the Greeneville in the "Option A-1" or "Option B" areas, it really affects all Tennesseeans. The state of our economy is rapidly deteriorating in Tennessee, throughout the United States and the world. Businesses in Tennessee are failing and are shutting down or terminating some of their employees.
Projected Current Costs for the Greeneville Bypass
Construction Cost = $126,708,000
Length = 9.6 miles
Construction Cost = $116,593,000
Length = 8.5 miles
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