The new ramp for westbound Lee Hwy travelers who want to go south on I-75 at the Ooltewah exit 11 is great! The road planners got this one right and it works great. Certainly this will help with traffic entering I-75 south at Ooltewah.
But... it appears road planners have given us one good thing and taken away another. The closing of the temporary ramp installed on Hilltop Dr. (near Miller Industries) during interstate construction primarily for Ooltewah's Hunter Road area travelers wanting to enter I-75 southbound is a bad thing! Moving the traffic that has been using the temporary ramp back to the exit 11 interchange is a mistake.
Two problems here:
First, traffic from Hunter Road and Mountain View Road (and Snow Hill, etc.) now have to take turns behind the Kangaroo Mart and the Super 8 Motel at the traffic light to even get onto Lee Hwy eastbound (or is it northbound?) to then have a chance to share two lanes headed for the I-75 southbound ramp. This will create backups on Hunter Road and Mountain View Road which are unnecessary.
Second, to add insult to traffic backup injury, once this two-lane traffic has negotiated the turn toward the I-75 ramp, we will have to instantly merge from two lanes down to one lane while accelerating to highway speeds. Here we go again; another bottleneck!
It's as if planners (or the politicians who appropriate for them) are insuring their job security by only building enough to barely handle existing capacity. There appears to be no desire to plan AHEAD! We (the taxpayers) have just spent a large fortune for all this construction and beautiful wide interstate lanes in the Ooltewah area, only to barely meet existing capacity. None of us has to be a planner to see that this as a problem.
If we can have our Hilltop Dr. southbound I-75 on-ramp back again, much of the coming congestion at the exit 11 interchange will be eliminated. And how much worse will this congestion be when school starts up again! School traffic is a large amount of additional traffic that will have to go through this same interchange when school starts back again. Why not divert as much traffic away from this interchange as possible so that the improvements can serve us for years into the future?
And another thing - if the Chattanooga City Council votes to re-zone a parcel of land just one mile north of this interchange on Hunter Road at the July 13 City Council meeting to R3, developers from Florida will soon build a 254 unit apartment complex that will deliver another 500 to 1000 cars to this interchange each morning and each afternoon. At least this problem can be averted by the Chattanooga City Council doing the right thing and denying this R3 re-zoning request. Not only will that help with the traffic at the exit 11 interchange, but it will avoid creating a new major traffic safety concern on Hunter Road.
To Moonpie ...
You are NO Vol fan!
If you were, you would show some appreciation and support for the Vol team, the great efforts of the players, and the football competence this new coaching staff has displayed.
Lane Kiffin is the Tennessee coach. A Vol FAN will support him and his staff's efforts. Get on board (the "train") or find a team you can support. A real fan isn't wishy washy. A real fan doesn't publicly feign indifference to his team because you are embarrased to say you are a fan in the presence of others who may hold your team in disdain. This is the type of speech one would expect from a politician - trying to impress others by your lack of bias and trying not to offend anyone. Make a stand, declare your allegiance, and then defend it. Develop a spine and choose a team. Then act like a real fan.
As for Kiffin's comment about the "no call", it is one of his responsibilities as the team's chief public proponent to raise the question. I don't pretend to know the rule, but we should all want to know how this should have properly been called. In my opinion, it would probably come to nothing. If so, the game is over and the emotional reaction is understandable. However, rules are rules. So if it was a penalty, everyone deserves to know. But a Vol fan will always look to promote the Vols and want to find a way for the team to win.
And finally, Crompton certainly has improved lately. However, he was dismal last year and at the beginning of this year. That is simply an indisputable fact. So why is he better now? Did Phil Fulmer's coaching from last year finally sink in? (No disrespect intended to Coach Fulmer.) Of course not! There's only one reasonable explanation. Lane Kiffin and his staff have had a positive impact on Crompton, including Kiffin's stubborn support of his quarterback when he was playing poorly early on. I don't know if the improvement is something physical or mental, but Crompton (based on two very good games) seems to have figured it out. Let's all hope it continues.
The Vols played very well and especially hard on Saturday! Based on this year's performances (so far) and on paper, Alabama is clearly the better team with better personnel. But Saturday, Tennessee played better for most of the game and the production stats clearly reflect that. Unfortunately for all of us Tennessee fans, the scoreboard didn't.
The wins are coming. The rest of the SEC (and the rest of the country) now sees that.
How 'Bout Them Vols!?!