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lamsalfl:
all of 840 should be tolled.  This can help prevent sprawl I think.  If you're thinking "Orlando's toll roads didn't prevent sprawl" you're right, but 840 is WAY out there.  You'd have to pay more money to drive the road since you'd need to drive more miles.  Toll it.

flaroads:

--- Quote from: lamsalfl on January 27, 2009, 10:58:24 PM ---all of 840 should be tolled.  This can help prevent sprawl I think.  If you're thinking "Orlando's toll roads didn't prevent sprawl" you're right, but 840 is WAY out there.  You'd have to pay more money to drive the road since you'd need to drive more miles.  Toll it.

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You're right, Orlando's toll roads did not prevent sprawl.  But the difference here is that 3/4's of this highway have already been built and opened to traffic for several years now, with some portions over a decade.  And I am sure if TNDOT or a toll authority could toll it, it would meet extreme opposition.  And tolling it would only slow sprawl down, not prevent it.  Of course the current state of the economy is doing well enough to slow it :)

mightyace:

--- Quote from: flaroadgeek on January 27, 2009, 10:51:39 PM ---And I will have to check on this new Tennessee toll road authority...interesting...

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The tolling authority thing was something I remembered from The Tennessean newspaper back in the summer of 2007.

Here's a link I found from Google http://www.ooida.com/Legislative_Watch/2007/TN/Updates/SB1152.html

The only project that was specifically mentioned was the "Neelley's Bend Connector" a link from Goodlettesville or Gallatin to Briley Parkway near Opryland.

Now, since TN 840 was built without Federal funds and is currently a state route, no federal approval would be necessary to toll it.  However, I think that the Tennessee Tollway Act does not allow putting tolls on existing highways.  Plus, with the lack of traffic on that road, I don't know whether tolling would make sense.

Also, at the present time, there is little sprawl that TN 840 seems to have caused but with the growth here in middle TN who knows how long that will last.

Stephane Dumas:
I wonder if TNDOT will upgrade the "Breezewood gap" of TN-111 at its junction with I-40 at Cookeville? http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=36.164202&lon=-85.504295&z=15&r=0&src=ggl

roadgeek:
TN has too many US Routes with suffix's. US 31E, US 31W, US 31A...I mean c'mon!

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