A public hearing will be held at South Doyle Middle School December 6 at 5:00 PM over the proposed extension to the James White Parkway in South Knoxville. The TDOT description of the proposed project and lengthy history is here. The proposed project has drawn significant opposition because of the number of homes that will have to be taken, plus the degradation to the numerous trails and such that have been constructed in the area that would occur were the project to proceed. Parts of South Knoxville do not want through traffic to bypass it by going around Chapman Highway. Here is a partial list of project opponents. The proposed project would cost more than $100 million dollars.
- Knoxville News Sentinel Editorial Board
- Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero
- Knoxville Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis
- Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett
- The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
- Legacy Parks Foundation
- Ijams Nature Center
- South Haven Neighborhood Association
- Metro Pulse's Frank Cagle
The project is designed to alleviate an expected increase in traffic on Chapman highway in the future. Alternatives that have been proposed are improvements on Chapman Highway. Chapman Highway, being one of the main streets in south Knoxville, can certainly be upgraded in its bike/ped friendliness with sidewalks and bike lanes as part of any overall improvement project.