Steps to establish sunflower planting at TDOT SmartFix-40 site?
Hope you’re doing well. We’ve exchanged messages before about park land opportunities on TDOT right-of-way for SmartFix-40 section of I-40.
Today I’m writing because Parkridge Community Organization in Knoxville Tennessee funded a study by the East Tennessee Community Design Center to beautify the area in the vicinity of the SmartFix-40 overpass at 6th Avenue.
Some progress has already been made in cooperation with TDOT with a "Sixth Avenue Mural Project" to beautify the I-40 overpass at 6th Avenue.
One of the East Tennessee Community Design Center’s suggestions was to beautify the area inside the TDOT fence (see map and photo below) by establishing a planting of sunflowers.
Image Source: July 2016 Google Street View, https://goo.gl/maps/dpe4kDZSNFL2
Obviously, this would require a new partnership with TDOT to make possible, likely also involving the City of Knoxville Public Works and Urban Forestry to coordinate on establishing the planting.
I wonder if you could help me out with understanding what might steps need to be taken from the neighborhood organization to get the ball rolling on preparing a spot for a sunflower planting? Can you foresee any objection from TDOT with respect to establishing a stand of sunflowers at this location?
The biggest cost will be sunflower seeds – but I believe the neighborhood organization can cover that cost. I wonder if you’re aware of any TDOT grants that might go towards the cost of acquiring sunflower seeds for this location?