At tonight's AMP meeting at Cohn Adult Learning Center it was announced that TDOT has refused to grant Metro's request to allow traffic lanes along the AMP route to be reduced from 11 feet to 9 feet. Still Metro is planning to move ahead!
This means the price tag will be considerably greater than the current $174 million price tag. The current AMP design of a center loading platform and dedicated lanes in both directions cannot fit in the existing roadway. To build the AMP as planned, the roadbed will have to be widened. This will require property condemnation and rebuilding of sidewalks. An estimate of how much more the project will cost than the current estimate of $174 million was not available. In addition to an increase in cost and a destruction of the esthetic appeal of one of the most beautiful streets in Nashville, this will mean it will take more time to build the project and a longer period of disruption of traffic and a longer period of restricted access to businesses along the route.
With this latest bit of news it is time for Metro to admit that what was already a poorly conceived and planned project, just got worse.
It is time to pull the plug on the AMP and go back to the drawing board.