TDOT Pellissippi Parkway Extension Public Meeting Scheduled

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will host a Virtual Design public meeting from April 15, 2021, to April 29, 2021, to gather public input on the proposed project in Blount County on SR-162 Ext. (Pellissippi Parkway), from SR-33 to SR-73 (US-321).

The virtual meeting will be open to the public at 8:00 am EST on April 15, 2021 and will close at 10:00 pm EST on April 29, 2021.  The website link is: https://gather.cdmsmith.com/v/v8jkyAVO149

More information on the project can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/tdot/projects/projects-region-1/pellissippi.html

Participate!

The Technical Committee collaborates with staff to provide recommendations to the Executive Board in the development of regional transportation plans and programs.

The Executive Board sets policy and adopts plans and programs. The Board provides a forum for collaboration and decision-making related to regional transportation policy, planning, and funding.

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Technical Committee and the Executive Board are open to the public.

If you are interested in speaking during either meeting about a specific agenda item, email laura.edmonds@knoxplanning.org no later than noon on the day before the meeting with your full name, phone number, and the agenda item of interest.

Comments on specific agenda items should be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. the day before the meeting to laura.edmonds@knoxplanning.org.

You can watch all meetings live on YouTube.

Right of Way: A Conversation About the Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths

Active Knox and the Knoxville Regional TPO are hosting two virtual events (via Zoom) with Angie Schmitt to discuss her work on how race and class intersect with our transportation system to produce a growing epidemic of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. 

Angie is the author of Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America, and was the longtime national editor at Streetsblog. Her writing and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and National Public Radio. She is the founder and principal at 3MPH Planning and Consulting, a small firm focused on pedestrian safety.

Registration is required, and training credits will be available for planning commissioners and individuals with ITE, ASLA and AICP certifications.

Lunchtime virtual event: noon on April 29 (register here)
Evening virtual event: 6 p.m. on April 29 (register here)

Staff Gives Presentation on Pedestrian Safety

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Alderman recently held a workshop on pedestrian safety after recognizing problem intersections along Kingston Pike. They also have future plans for a mixed-use town center that they want to be safe and comfortable for people walking. To address these issues, they invited Ellen Zavisca to give a presentation and guide conversation about pedestrian safety in intersection design. You can watch the full presentation below.