Committee rejects attempt to resurrect James White extension

Committee rejects attempt to resurrect James White Parkway extension

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A motion by the Sevier County representative on the TPO to put the parkway extension project back on the TPO's four-year plan failed when no one seconded the motion. A motion by the Sevier County representative on the TPO to put the parkway extension project back on the TPO's four-year plan failed when no one seconded the motion.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A committee of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization voted down Tuesday an attempt to put the James White Parkway extension back on the drawing board.

A motion by Perrin Anderson, the Sevier County representative on the TPO, to put the parkway extension project back on the TPO's four-year plan failed when no one seconded the motion.

The TPO then voted to keep the Transportation Improvement Program as it stands now, meaning without the JWP extension project, and only Knox County representative Cindy Pionke and Anderson voted against it. The vote passed.

The TPO voted in  in August removed the project from its four-year Transportation Improvement Program. Removing the project effectively killed it from the Tennessee Department of Transportation's efforts to extend the highway from Knoxville into Sevier County.

The parkway extension had been in the planning stages for many years, but TPO members said the region was not in favor of the project.

Several proposed routes for the highway would have cut through the newly expanded Knoxville Urban Wilderness area.

The executive board of the TPO will vote next Wednesday on the TIP.

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