Crowd packs room for Bonny Oaks widening hearing

From one end to the other, folks who live and work along Bonny Oaks Drive agree on one thing: It desperately needs widening.

Many who had concerns about what that would mean for them turned out Thursday night for the first public design hearing on the project, held by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

More than 100 people met with TDOT personnel and representatives from consultant Volcker at the transportation department's offices on Cromwell Road to view giant maps of the proposed project and pore over engineering drawings.

At the west end of the corridor, Linda DeMarinis, president of the Villa Green homeowners association, wanted to know if TDOT can solve the flooding and erosion problem plaguing residents of the development at Bonny Oaks and Highway 153.