Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Future students could be walking underground

We’re lucky to have a movie theatre and tons of great restaurants just across the street from campus. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a way to get across the street without playing a real life version of Frogger with the Nashville Pike traffic?

In 2011, the city of Gallatin will receive funding and begin work to build two tunnels beneath Nashville Pike at both entrances of the Colleges to the businesses across the street. The city of Gallatin sent a request to the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for funding for tunnels to connect Vol State to the businesses across the street back in 2007.

That might seem forever to students, but the faculty I talked to loved the idea. “I’d rather walk than drive. It saves up on gas, and walking is good exercise,” said Cyndy Atteberry, Secertary of Advising.

But with budget cuts left and right by the state of Tennessee, tunnels may be nothing more than hopeful thinking.

“At this point the project is still … scheduled for 2011 but it may be impacted by the reduction of funding recently announced by TDOT (Tennessee Department Of Transportation),” said Gallatin City Engineer Jim Svoboda, “I am not sure how this project will be affected by the cuts, but since this project wasn’t scheduled until 2011 it has a greater chance of being impacted.”

Take our poll located on the sidebar and let us know; would you use tunnels if they were built?

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