TDOT unveils Pellissippi expansion plans; reaction mixed

Oct 25, 2007 Read more: WBIR Knoxville 40
Blount County neighbors took to Heritage High School Thursday night to tell the Tennessee Department of Transportation their opinions on plans to extend the Pellissippi Parkway to Highway 321. Read more
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Jas

Knoxville, TN

#21 Oct 26, 2007
You sure got "purty lips"
THE FG

Nashville, TN

#22 Oct 26, 2007
There is sprawl right now in Blount County without the Parkway in areas no where near the parkway.

The road has been on drawing boards for decades and the NIMBY people were not upset about it unti they found out it was their land (they owned or leased) that was going to be paved.

If CAPPE is so concerned about sprawl and the environment, then that cat is already out of the bag and I see none of them trying to put it back in.

CAPPE, the Retarded Raven Society (RRS) have personal economic issues that are not so attractive in their mission statements.

Start construction now so we can get through the inevitable spoiled-brat lawsuits by 2020 and move on with our Blount County Lives.

How dare a well organized bag o' nuts tell me I shouldn't develop my Walland property if I want.

Would the Kellers be happy if we let them "farm" the interstate medians?
Uncle Fester

Ringgold, GA

#23 Oct 26, 2007
red neck wrote:
<quoted text>Why don't you go up on Nebo and tell them that face to face! They might find what is left of your sorry ass in a few years.
Have been there, friends there....all are related....what road do you live on there???
Keepin it Clean

Union Point, GA

#24 Oct 26, 2007
Master Roshi wrote:
Have you people never traveled outside of Tennessee? Do you realize how bad the sprawl is getting here, in one of the most naturally beautiful areas in the eastern US? I welcome growth...responsible growth. This will just lead to more strip malls and treeless subdivisions. No thanks.
I'm sorry but you left one out....BANKS!! I think we need a few more banks in Blount County. Regions bank, Three in a row one right after the other only in about 3 miles. Has it got so bad that we have to have a bank every mile or so?!
Sylvester

Ten Mile, TN

#25 Oct 26, 2007
I doubt that the accidents in Alcoa and Maryville are caused by tourists so this extension won't ease that problem. If caused by people going to Knoxville then it won't solve it either as most of them live in the Maryville/Alcoa area, not east of Maryville. So there is no reason to complete the addition. Stop it where it is.
American

Goodlettsville, TN

#26 Oct 26, 2007
I am for the road. It will be a safer and quicker access to and from the Smokies for thousands of people. I can understand the locals of not wanting it in "my backdoor.
amazed

Hermitage, TN

#27 Oct 26, 2007
hate to be the bearer of bad news,if this is anything like the orange route,knoxville parkway,knoxville beltway,or whatever their going to call it,(75 north to 40 west)it's already a done deal,doesn't matter what the people of south knox or blount county want.it's already been decided years ago,wait and see
The Alexander Driveway

Maryville, TN

#28 Oct 26, 2007
Senator Lamar Alexander started this project when he was governor, the people protested from the start. It was designed to provide faster and more direct access to Lamar Alexander's property.

I understand he no longer has any property in that area, but I find it hard to believe he's not still connected with the current owners.

Had it not been for Senator Lamar Alexander, this road would never have been designed, never been needed, and never wanted.

I have noticed that the media has left him out of this in the most recent stories. When he was governor, they broke the story and he lost his temper, BIG TIME! He stopped the project until he removed himself from the project.
BellRinger

Maryville, TN

#29 Oct 26, 2007
Pellissippi Parkway is the greatest use of taxpayer money I have ever experianced. I live near it in Blount County and the traffic increase is more than offset by its benefits. Its way past time to connect it with 321. At the same time the Foothills Parkway extension to Pigeon Forge should be completed.
willie

Taylorsville, NC

#30 Oct 26, 2007
Sure, let's not allow Pellissippi extension to 321. Instead let the land owners, who feel the road will impact the environment and provide too easy access to the big city (Knoxville)sell the land to developers and make millions ($) to build 1200 sq ft homes on postage stamps or put some more trailer parks in the area. Wake up and smell the coffee! Greed continues to be the great motivator.
Master Roshi

Friendsville, TN

#31 Oct 26, 2007
Keepin it Clean wrote:
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I'm sorry but you left one out....BANKS!! I think we need a few more banks in Blount County. Regions bank, Three in a row one right after the other only in about 3 miles. Has it got so bad that we have to have a bank every mile or so?!
lol, so true. you should see Turkey Creek; two banks already and two more under construction. one got robbed just last week :/
Jackson

United States

#32 Oct 27, 2007
red neck wrote:
<quoted text>Why don't you go up on Nebo and tell them that face to face! They might find what is left of your sorry ass in a few years.
You just proved his point.
Yme

United States

#33 Oct 27, 2007
Just moved to Blount County this year. Use Sam Houston Parkway to get from Seymour to Maryville. The place where that CAPPE sign is that asks 'Do you want an interstate here" is beautiful pasture land with a peaceful view of the mountains. I came through that road and remember seeing that sign ten years ago when we were looking around up here for an area to live in (took a while to get here). wanted to live in the mountain area all my life. I think it is a terrible shame to put a road right through the middle of such beautiful scenery. If you keep paving roads and building subdivisions with no acreage, there will be nothing beautiful left to look at. I just hope it does not happen in my life time. I hope they put off that road for another 70 years or so just to make sure I don't have to see it happen.

Since: Sep 07

Friendsville, TN

#34 Oct 27, 2007
I seem to remember when hwy 321 was being built from Maryville to Lenior City, no one wanted it but now it is a 4 lane hwy all the way to the lake.
Extending Pellisippi Pkwy to Sevierville is a good thing...think of Wears Valley Road in the summer when people are trying to go up there. Even Elejoy is getting a bit crowded.
I bet most of the people who do the complaining are the same ones who drive on Pellisippi like it is a race tract to Knoxville.
BellRinger

Maryville, TN

#35 Oct 27, 2007
Yme wrote:
Just moved to Blount County this year. Use Sam Houston Parkway to get from Seymour to Maryville. The place where that CAPPE sign is that asks 'Do you want an interstate here" is beautiful pasture land with a peaceful view of the mountains. I came through that road and remember seeing that sign ten years ago when we were looking around up here for an area to live in (took a while to get here). wanted to live in the mountain area all my life. I think it is a terrible shame to put a road right through the middle of such beautiful scenery. If you keep paving roads and building subdivisions with no acreage, there will be nothing beautiful left to look at. I just hope it does not happen in my life time. I hope they put off that road for another 70 years or so just to make sure I don't have to see it happen.
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If they follow the original plan I-140 connects to 321 near Lone Star Baptist Church.That is not in the mountains and doesn't block any views.As an aside,are you suggesting they leave the road unpaved?
anti raven cappe

La Vergne, TN

#36 Oct 29, 2007
Keepin it Clean wrote:
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I'm sorry but you left one out....BANKS!! I think we need a few more banks in Blount County. Regions bank, Three in a row one right after the other only in about 3 miles. Has it got so bad that we have to have a bank every mile or so?!
Are you for real????? look at all the banks popping up. gee lets see regions just merged this past weekend with amsouth bank. so obviously they will have a few banks near each other. they have to get all the accounts and systems working together to help thier customers. in the near future they will be consolidating the banks. but it cannot be done in a weekend. now i see why you have no rational sense of logic. So build the hwy just so you can see just how logically that it is the right thing to do...
1 more thing, ask a cappe or raven, buzzard, member if they ever driven on the pellissippi? thats right they won't answer.
anti raven cappe

La Vergne, TN

#37 Oct 29, 2007
Yme wrote:
Just moved to Blount County this year. Use Sam Houston Parkway to get from Seymour to Maryville. The place where that CAPPE sign is that asks 'Do you want an interstate here" is beautiful pasture land with a peaceful view of the mountains. I came through that road and remember seeing that sign ten years ago when we were looking around up here for an area to live in (took a while to get here). wanted to live in the mountain area all my life. I think it is a terrible shame to put a road right through the middle of such beautiful scenery. If you keep paving roads and building subdivisions with no acreage, there will be nothing beautiful left to look at. I just hope it does not happen in my life time. I hope they put off that road for another 70 years or so just to make sure I don't have to see it happen.
Oh as for the sign on keller's farm, well he gets paid by the goverment and has a bunch of tax reliefs. as for that sign, well do you think that the cattle wont grave around the concrete columns because the cars are going overhead? if you do not look at the whole picture of that scenario, look at what the cattle are grazing around the powerlines towers going through the farms. Guess what the cattle do not even care. But you dont think that kellers or any of the other landowners wont sell to move away and make thier $$$$$ you need to re-think that. Just awaiting for the prices to go up even higher to collect more. the kids won't farm since they are out in the workforce and know that farming is not a money maker.
CURLY

Bybee, TN

#38 Oct 30, 2007
STOPPING THIS HWY IS NOT ABOUT FARM LAND OR THE
ENVIRONMENT BUT THE ALL MIGHTY [DOLLAR] THAT IS
THE TRUTH OF IT AND I HOPE THE PEOPLE OF BLOUNT
CAN SEE THAT
ben-here ah while

AOL

#39 Jan 31, 2008
you ins knows, just like at one blodger sade.........if un, yah, aint never seen um build 100 roads,in lesser time than it tuken em to jus build this in, as fur as it is,it gonna stay broke,and I'm just talken actual construction time,the politics parts are above me,and just fur the recurd,I think the road has been on the books since the late 20's or late 30's, not my late 20's and 30's ,mean-in 80 year or so.
Let me know when at ole boy goes up air and gets on EM AIR NEBO-ENS,CAUSE I'D LIKE TO SEE THAT(FROM A DISTANCE).
Voice of experience

United States

#40 Jan 31, 2008
There's a very simple solution to all this: give up your cars. Move closer to your work, ride the bus, and there will be no need for new highways.

If people want to go to the mountains, there are charter buses leaving daily.

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