TDOT Holds Final Right-Of-Way Division Meeting To Discuss APD-40 Interchange Project In Cleveland

Friday, January 25, 2013 - by Tonya Brantley
Several Cleveland Residents View Maps of TDOT’s Final Plans for the New Interchange Project on S.R. 311 at Stone Lake Extension off of APD-40.
Several Cleveland Residents View Maps of TDOT’s Final Plans for the New Interchange Project on S.R. 311 at Stone Lake Extension off of APD-40.
- photo by Tonya Brantley

Several Bradley County residents attended a public TDOT Right-of-Way Division meeting at Park View Elementary School Thursday night to hear details of the final plans for the new interchange project on S.R. 311 at Stone Lake Extension off of APD-40 in Cleveland, a distance of 0.919 miles. A public meeting was held on Oct. 8, 2009 to solicit public input regarding alignment and location issues. The purpose of Thursday evening’s meeting was to allow property owners the chance to view the final right-of-way plans prior to the beginning of appraisal and negotiations.

Chief of Acquisition and Relocation with the TDOT Right-of-Way Department in Chattanooga Van Lawrence gave a brief overview of the project followed by a general question and answer period. He addressed the crowd stating there are presently 23 tracts affected with one residential relocation. The physical surveying of this project is completed. The independent fee appraiser for this project is Nelson Pratt from Knoxville. He was not in attendance.

Mr. Lawrence explained appraisal work is in progress and will be completed in the spring of this year. Upon completion, the appraisals will be submitted to his office for review and approval. Negotiation paperwork will then be prepared and the written fair market value offer is presented to the property owner at that time. Negotiations are expected to begin this summer.

One concerned resident said, “We’re having this shoved down our throats. We’ve voiced our opinion against it and voiced our opinion against the industrial park. There are too many things going on here that we are not let in on. Every time you’ve had a meeting and wanted to know our opinion on it, we’ve all voiced our opinion. I’m not happy. I don’t know too many people here that are happy with this project because again, it’s being shoved down our throats. We’re just going to get the short end of stick. We are going to get shafted on the acquisition deal as well.”

Mr. Lawrence responded, “Everyone will get a copy of the appraisal. You don’t have to accept the offer unless you want to. You do have that choice. We do not have that many condemnations. Local representatives in this area are the ones that have pushed this project.”
 
He went on to explain, completion of this project will take at least two to three years to finish depending on how much time it takes to acquire the property. This project is separate from construction of the I-75 Exit 20 project. The starting date for that project is slated for this spring or summer.
 
Property owners and residents with additional questions concerning this project can write or call the Region II office at Tennessee Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 22368, Chattanooga, TN 37422. Toll Free 888 711-2339, ext. 1100. For Relocation - 423 510-1111. For Negotiation - 423 510-1121.
 

Mother Gets 20 Years In Death Of 4-Year-Old Son, Severe Injury To 3-Year-Old

Patricia Brewer was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for the abuse death of her four-year-old son and severe injury of her three-year-old son. She appeared before Judge Rebecca Stern and entered guilty pleas to two counts of aggravated child endangerment. Police said the injuries came after the mother left them alone in the care of her boyfriend, who has a history ... (click for more)

Corker, Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Urge Democratic Republic Of Congo to Act On Adoption Reform

Senator Bob Corker joined Senators John Cornyn (R-Tx.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Mn.) and a bipartisan group of 183 lawmakers in a letter this week urging parliamentary leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to pass adoption reform legislation and resume intercountry adoptions after the country suspended issuance of exit letters last year:   “We are concerned ... (click for more)

Thanks For Publishing The Stokes Photo Book

I pre-ordered the Stokes Photo Book and picked it up Wednesday . The covers and content are very high quality and contain photos you will not see anywhere else.  This book of photos is worth much more than $35.  I have seen many historic photos of my hometown Chattanooga, but this collection is amazing. My favorites are National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery near ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)

Owls Beat McMinn, 30-12, To Complete Unbeaten Regular Season

(Story will be updated) After a sluggish first half, Ooltewah’s Owls riddled visiting McMinn County with three Kelvin Leon touchdown passes in less than six minutes in the third quarter and went on to defeat the Cherokees, 30-12, Thursday night to complete the team’s third undefeated regular season in school history. Leon, who threw for 105 yards in the first half, ... (click for more)

CCS Falls To Knox Catholic In PKs

MURFREESBORO - The defending state champion Knox Catholic was pushed to the limit by Chattanooga Christian here Thursday night, but in the end prevailed on penalty kicks, 9-8, in a semifinal TSSAA Girls State Soccer match at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.  The Charger defenders kept the high scoring Lady Irish  off the scoreboard for 110 minutes of play prior ... (click for more)