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ACTT Workshop: Tennessee
April 6-8, 2004, Knoxville, Tennessee

Appendix B (continued): Skill Set Reporting Forms

Environmental/PR/Aesthetics

IDEA (Short Name) IDEA (Detailed Description) Implementation Details (Barriers, Skill Set Coordination, etc.)
Sound Walls
  • Aesthetics, materials, graffiti, plantings, color/texture, whisper walls, spray anti-graffiti material, neighborhood vs. historical
(open question - not in const. plans) (location and ht.?)
  • designs are far enough along to see where the grades will be
  • retaining wall on the sides of the Gill St. Bridge (Whisper Wall technology) (precast concrete that looks like stone used out west and is aesthetically easy on the eye (planting vines may damage the structure of the wall
  • some parts on Papermill project that has cypress trees going along the edge of the wall on state right-of-way) (mural or painting to discourage graffiti
  • can you spray for anti-graffiti and anti-noise at same time) (in TX they've been putting in terraced sound walls but more expensive to build and maintain) (cost on sound walls - sm. Compared to a 160 m project-vision)
Lighting
  • Corridor only, not flooding neighborhood, 24 hr. under bridge
  • (localized to the corridor - not flooding the neighborhood) (mercury or sodium vapor) (orange light has more contrast as opposed to stark white) Ullrich says shadows are "no good and people feel unsafe" Needs to have lighting underneath the structures - 24 hr. lighting - Gill St. Bridge wouldn't have the problem of darkness as much as Central or Broadway - lighting for security issues -
Bridges
  • Clear spanning (no pillars), homeless issues
  • (structures need to be designed where homeless people (1,000 - 1,500 per month -Travis: one of the highest in the south because Knoxville is very generous to the homeless - better solution than chain link fences ? - in Calif. they use "razor grid" to keep the homeless away -
    • design period? 20 yr. Design period will always be in reconstruction
    • needs to go 100 yr. design period, Fed Hwy. encourages longer design period
    • clear span a bridge with high-strength concrete you minimize the cost
    • look at future cost
    • recommend clear span bridges
    • clear spanning makes it easier for future reconstruction because of no pillars
    • clear spanning may provide more visibility
    • also provides savings in geo support
    • mirrors used for visual inspection to look for the homeless?
    • 24 hr. lighting will help to discourage the homeless
    • could install cameras to monitor homeless
    • multi-use for bridges = parking, signage, etc
Creek
  • Flood Control
  • Upstream and downstream flood control - City of Knoxville issues
PR
  • Thru traffic vs. local, discuss how to handle local, signs for local area, signs for detour route
  • Put out press releases for info. Detour rts. (putting up proper signage for detours) and traffic flow to other areas (immediate) - putting out the proper signage for local of interest
  • Needs name for project, Smart Fix
  • A plan in place, a central contact to deal with the public, a dedicated PIO to get announcements out and inform the public as to project issues, would Travis have time for big a project or bring in a contract person (an intern could/would work for free), pr firm?, ways to inform the public about construction
  • E-mail list serves, city council members, information dissemination methods discussed, keep flow of info. clear that flows between information people (no miscommunication possibilities) the key is to have one person who makes the decisions as to information flow, (should be a TDOT person to make info. is clear and what you want the info. to reflect) two-way communication is necessary between the residents and the PIO. The PIO should be familiar and accessible to the public.
  • Closer to the construction date, have a public meeting with a sign-up sheet for information releases. Before construction starts: have a preconstruction meeting with the public and put the info. in simple terms, phasing maps, have q and a, send out announcement about 2 weeks before on a postcard with an artist rendering of what the finished project would look like.
  • Get the names and addresses of stakeholder groups up to ½ mile outside the parameters of the project area and the project area itself. Can get this through KUB.the. Other concerns will be the college, emergency medical personnel, etc., credibility is very important with communication issues. Use the Chamber of Commerce as a communication resource for information dissemination. The contractor should always attend public meetings
  • Have TDOT lease a bldg. In the area for a project presence with maps, drawings, etc., and staffed certain hours each day so it's easily accessible to stakeholders. A presence there would make a big difference in PR.
  • The PIO is officed with the construction engineer to ensure communication.
  • Let the CEI group have a designated person to disseminate info. An information flow chart should be implemented.
  • Media events (like Hall of Fame Kick-Off)
  • Designated radio station to inform the public of project closures, alternate routes, including rehab on detour routes and tourism issues.
  • Telephone line set up with daily reports recordings
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