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Dumbest. Logic. Eva.

September 2, 2010
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If you haven’t been paying attention, some nincompoops somewhere have been trying to build a road from Savannah to Knoxville. The theory is that with all the goods coming into the constantly growing Savannah harbor, this will be a direct link to transporting the goods inland while having the good fortune of bypassing Atlanta, relieving some of our traffic woes.

Let me get this straight, you want to build more roads to relieve traffic? Have you people heard of this little bit of existing infrastructure called rail roads? Maybe I’m wrong, but I heard that railways get freight off of roads and out of traffic permanently and rail uses less fuel than trucks.

Rail. What a novel idea.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Darin permalink
    September 2, 2010 12:22 pm

    Great point — rail would be a better option for reducing energy use on this shipping route. I can’t imagine why a highway would be favored by planners. Are new highways easier to fund than new freight rail?

  2. Velocentric permalink
    September 2, 2010 2:13 pm

    An additional third lane in the Panama Canal is to be completed in 2014. It will allow much larger vessels than the original two lanes. Southeastern U.S. port authorities are wetting themselves over the expected increase in business. Everyone, especially rapacious road construction outfits are twisting this into justification for more spending —on them.

    That said, there’s a good case for a highway linking Knoxville and Savanah. Public infrastructure is a good investment and job creator during down times. There’s a lack of East- West routes connecting Knoxville, Greenville, Asheville and Savanah.

    There’s an even better case to be made for rail expansion out of the port. The current line seems dedicated to the Atlanta terminal. Do them both, for different reasons.

    • CCTgirl permalink*
      September 2, 2010 2:36 pm

      Currently the Savannah harbor isn’t deep enough to accomodate those larger ships, making it a moot point. The efforts to deepend the harbor have been put on hold for more than a decade due to legal battles, so unless they dredge it before that new lane is finished, that business won’t go to Georgia.

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