Tennessee DOT Moves Past Road-Widening as a Congestion Reduction Strategy | Streetsblog Capitol Hill
August 31, 2012 1 Comment
Tanya Snyder brings us this post on changes going on at the Tennessee Department of Transportation. John Schroer, the current TDOT commissioner, wants to be the “no-bypass commissioner,” and as such, has worked with Smart Growth America and other state agencies to try and find solutions other than the traditional roadway widening. They came up with a range of context-sensitive solutions that are not only cheaper, but often greener and better for economic development. They’ve realized that transportation and land use cannot be separated, and since they have no authority over land use decisions, they have been partnering with local governments to try and come up with solutions together and avoid sprawl. For instance, instead of a new bypass, you could improve congestion by fixing signal timing at congested intersections for a fraction of the cost. While the Department doesn’t have a set of binding recommendations, it has come up with a set of metrics by which to evaluate projects. This will lead to better transportation projects that fit with good land use decisions.