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A waste of state money

Posted Monday, January 21, 2008, at 9:32 AM

Here's a unnecessary state expense we all helped pay for.

"JOHNSON CITY (AP) -- State transportation officials are buying eight new condominiums in Johnson City, saying the buildings block sight lines for an improved highway.

"State transportation department spokesman Travis Brickey says the condos weren't built yet when plans were approved to widen Tennessee Route 36 to five lanes. They went up as road construction was under way.

"...The state has bought most of the condos and plans to wreck them this spring."

Seems like whoever built the condos would be at fault since the road plans were already in place.

Sarcastically speaking, maybe land along Shelbyville's upcoming new bypass could be turned into personal profits at state expense. Just build something in a critical location, hike the price and make the state pay.


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Dang it David, now you went and told everybody. I'll never get that property at dirt cheap prices now :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 12:27 PM

I don't guess the state would bother to salvage the materials for public use.

All those plumbing fixtures,windows,doors,cabinets,countertops,appliances,etc. all going to a landfill instead of being re-used would be another sin.

I assume the condos are unoccupied and the owners aren't being made homeless by eminent domain?

(Government reinbursement is sometimes lacking.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 12:44 PM

The Johnson City Press has a photo and more details:

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Detail.p...

-- Posted by David Melson on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 1:18 PM

So people are actually living in those condos now?

You would think TDOT would have seen the Condos going up and said something before they were actually built and sold?

I am sure blank land is cheaper than having to deal with individual owners of new condos. Thus costing the road project a lot more which in turn cost the taxpayers more money.

It also makes me wonder if the company who built the condos told the new owners before they purchased their condo about the road project?

Kinda makes you go Hmmmmmm.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 1:31 PM

Sarcastically speaking, maybe land along Shelbyville's upcoming new bypass could be turned into personal profits at state expense. Just build something in a critical location, hike the price and make the state pay.

And with what may I ask??? Taxpayers $$$

-- Posted by Disgusted on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 6:11 PM

Just because they were not built yet does not mean the land had not been purchased prior to the States plan of widening the road. Let them stay where they are and the State will still be at fault when someone has an accident! Whos on first??? Sometimes no one knows! You cant blame the State for everything...

-- Posted by Disgusted on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 6:19 PM

Were getting a new Drivers Testing Station in Tullahoma to replace the one in Manchester, its been in the works for over two years now and it may be another two years before its complete. The one in Shelbyville fell out of the sky when it came. Supply and demand, the State deals with it daily!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 6:25 PM

Maybe I just missed something, but would lights not work here???

-- Posted by happymama on Mon, Jan 21, 2008, at 8:34 PM

As we read in today's paper about the Condo deal in Johnson City and the long awaited "Shelbyville bypass" and the fact that the railroad overpass is the holdup; it brings to mind another case of outrageous waste of our tax dollars by the T-DOT. In my option, building an overpass as part of this bypass is a terrible waste of money. How often would traffic have to stop and wait for a train to pass? The Walking Horse and Eastern Railroad is primarily used as a place to store unused rail cars. I seriously doubt if the train makes more than 3 trips a week from Shelbyville to Wartrace and back. The train never has more than four or five cars plus the engine, except on those rare occasions when they are moving the stored cars out to the main line in Wartrace (which hasn't happened in over a year since I've been watching). At the very most, a grade crossing would cause traffic to have to stop for one minute each way for a maxim total of six minutes per week. Is it worth spending millions of dollars to building an overpass out in the middle of nowhere (no offence to the good people of Caldwell) to avoid having traffic stop for a very short period of time. There are a lot of places that our tax dollars could be spent that would benefit a lot more people. Who is really benefiting from the building of this overpass?

-- Posted by Farmer Bill on Tue, Jan 22, 2008, at 9:04 AM

Who is really benefiting from the building of this overpass?

The developers and politicians, that's who!!

-- Posted by puppydinks on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 2:38 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.