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Sam Cooper Boulevard Through Memphis
« on: October 22, 2021, 02:30:34 PM »

I'm surprised Sam Cooper Boulevard still exists as a freeway along much of it, considering that opposition forced I-40 to be rerouted. Why does it still exist if citizens have voiced concerns about it, opposition killed the segment connecting to I-40 Exit 1E and it isn't even a spur or business loop of I-40? Note/Disclaimer: There was a thread about this road, but it was mainly about who maintains it.
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Re: Sam Cooper Boulevard Through Memphis
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2021, 05:57:22 PM »

I'm not sure if Memphians even care about it that much in it's current state. The reason I-40 met so much opposition in Memphis was because of its planned routing through Overton Park and the zoo, not because of the part of Sam Cooper Blvd that is extant. As far as what I've seen there are no concerns about it locally (and rightfully so, as Memphis's roadway network has some much bigger fish to fry), and it still serves as a glorified arterial, so no need to remove it.

I can't answer why it's not a 3di of I-40.
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Re: Sam Cooper Boulevard Through Memphis
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2021, 06:09:32 PM »

I can't answer why it's not a 3di of I-40.

Surely it's because it lacks a logical terminus on its west end.
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Re: Sam Cooper Boulevard Through Memphis
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2021, 06:34:45 PM »

I can't answer why it's not a 3di of I-40.

Surely it's because it lacks a logical terminus on its west end.
Plenty of odd 3dis dead end at a city street at one end.
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Re: Sam Cooper Boulevard Through Memphis
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2021, 08:06:09 PM »

It's been 50 years since the Overton Park segment of I-40 was cancelled, and the opponents had a very good reason for it because its routing would've destroyed a heavily forested area, as well as downtown to the west.

I can't answer why it's not a 3di of I-40.

Surely it's because it lacks a logical terminus on its west end.
Plenty of odd 3dis dead end at a city street at one end.
Also, the westernmost stretch is actually an at-grade parkway, which is unnumbered like the limited-access section.
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