A few weeks ago it was someone running for governor. Now it's a member of Nashville's Metro Council that's proposed stacking our highways in middle Tennessee to solve the traffic problem. Council member Robert Swope says we could double our capacity if we just make our roads like bunk beds (our analogy, not his).
Obviously he's right about traffic being terrible. But it gets complicated because the interstates belong to the state, not Davidson county. That's why he thinks it needs to be done as a state/federal project.
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer has said, “We think it'd be extremely expensive to do that, and we need to remember as a state we don't borrow money so it would be a pay-as-you-go project, which would make it difficult."
Swope says the TDOT argument is wrong.
"Double stacking 11.6 miles of freeway, which is what it would take to basically alleviate 35-40 percent of the traffic through Nashville, has an estimated cost of $1.2 billion," Swope told WZTV. "I don’t think that’s too expensive."
Whether it's bunk roads or some other solution, this part of his argument rings true. (In fact it's what now-dethroned Megan Barry campaigned on... a regional approach)
"Because you need to move people from Rutherford County and Wilson County and Williamson County not just Davidson," Swope said to WZTV.
"Eighty percent of the traffic in this town during peak hours is from out of county, and 35 percent of it never stops in Nashville at all."