Monday, April 17, 2006

Blog Stuff: Knox Traffic Blogging

Once upon a time, Lovell Road was an only moderately busy suburban artery, 'way out here on the western fringe of K-town. It was probably a sensible place to locate a Pilot Travel Center and a T/A Truck Stop, being the Last Gas Stop inbound from the west before hitting metro traffic.

Then Turkey Creek happened.

Now the truck stops there are a liability that only gets worse as more businesses open in the Turkey Creek area. Not a lunch hour goes by that a left-turning semi trying to enter the Pilot lot doesn't snarl up three lanes of traffic on Lovell, or an eighteen wheeler flying over the bridge trying to make the left onto the I-40W on ramp doesn't nearly collect a car as it runs the red.

Come to think of it, eighteen wheelers run the red lights at the Lovell Road off ramps so often that the local .gov could probably clear up any budget shortfalls in a week just by stationing a cruiser there and writing truckers.

Anyhow, it remains to be seen how long semis and soccer moms can coexist in the burgeoning Turkey Creek traffic nightmare.


Anonymous said...

Never fear, the folks at Pilot will - eventually - realize that the real estate is worth more as something else. (With luck the property is too small for a Wal-Mart)

Dr. StrangeGun said...

Sorry anon, there's already a walmart. And a target. And a hospital and 100+ snobby retail establishments.

Zendo Deb said...

Oh I think annon has it right.... something will go in there. Starbucks, Panera, 20 screen mega cinema, water slide park.... any one of the many things that developers are convinced we can't live without.