Construction barrels and barricades discourage drivers from continuing south on the James White Parkway in South Knoxville. Recent decisions by the Transportation Planning Organization will likely ensure a five-mile section of the roadway beyond the barricades will remain unfinished.
As long as it still has a pulse, the James White Parkway extension isn’t dead. Not yet. But as of today, it appears to be one step closer.
Supporters of the controversial road attempted to pass a motion before the Transportation Planning Organization’s technical committee this morning that would have moved the project back onto the TPO’s long-range plan. In late August, the TPO voted to abandon the decades-old project. This morning’s motion by Sevier County Communications Coordinator Perrin Anderson represented an attempt to reverse that decision.