SR 60 corridor sets management team
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
May 23, 2013 | 770 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Progress was made in formalizing the State Route 60 corridor management committee on Wednesday with the election of officers.

Cleveland resident Jonathan Sparkman and Bradley County Commissioner Terry Caywood were elected as chairman and vice chairman respectively.

Both nominations were made by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland.

“I want to recommend two people whose families go back a long way with this project for several generations,” Rowland said.

Caywood’s father sold a portion of his land so that Route 60 could be widened.

Tyler Jeffery of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation was elected as secretary.

Each person will serve for one year.

The committee set three priorities to address before other issues were tackled. These included: “develop corridor roadway cross sections with the state Department of Transportation as the lead agency,” “develop a corridor alignment and capacity plan that defines and preserves future right-of-way as part of the comprehensive plan for Bradley County and the city of Cleveland,” and “establish a process for coordinated access permit review and approval.”

John Houghton, senior planner with Grisham, Smith and Partners, said each of these priorities is interconnected.

(The company has been working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation on corridor management.)

The committee’s focus is to provide advice on best practices for the stretch of State Route 60 starting at the state line to Eureka Road.

“The committee is not to implement anything,” Houghton said.

Any recommendations would go to each local governing body before being implemented.

The committee brings together the city of Cleveland, Bradley County, Cleveland Urban Area Municipal Planning Organization, Tennessee Department of Environment and conservation and Tennessee department of Transportation.

Houghton said the committee will present recommendations that align with local government growth and comprehensive plans. He said the recommendations would establish guidelines for implementation as it pertains to State Route 60.

The committee serves as a time of dialogue to make sure everyone is on the same page moving forward. The committee also serves as a way to best plan for further development of the stretch of road.

Marshall Elizer, senior vice president of Grisham, Smith and Partners, said limiting the number of lesser roads or driveways bringing traffic to the road is important to consider.

“Access management is about how many access points there are to State Route 60; where they are; how do they work together, or do they actually create bottlenecks along the corridor; are they too close to signalized intersections — it’s all these kinds of things that you need to think about,” Elizer said.

TDOT representatives will bring information to the next meeting pertaining to the corridor roadway cross sections. Scott Medlin of TDOT said he would bring copies of aerial shots of the area to the next meeting.