Input on Draft 2040 Mobility Plan Projects Sought
Starting today, the TPO will be accepting comments on the draft mobility plan project list.
Cities, counties, state and other agencies across the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s (TPO) planning area submitted projects for which they will be requesting federal funding and will be completed by 2040.
Missing Link of Foothills Parkway Grant
The Foothills Parkway in Walland, TN was recently awarded $10 million for the completion of the last section of the Parkway in Blount County.
The funds were made available through the highly competitive 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program and will be matched by an additional $10 million from the National Park Service and $15 million from the state of Tennessee.
The $35 million will be used to connect the road in what is referred to as the “missing link” of the parkway in Blount and Sevier counties. Additional safety features, such as guardrails, pull-offs, striping and signage, will also be included in the upcoming work. Officials expect it to be completed and open to the public in 2018.
North Broadway Bus Rapid Transit Study
An editorial published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on June 21, 2016 discussed a $6.4 million grant that the City of Knoxville is applying for from the state.
The funds would be used to install a traffic signal system along Broadway, one of the busiest transit routes in Knoxville. As the City continues to grow, an efficient transportation system is becoming increasingly important to residents, which is why the Knoxville Regional Transportation Organization completed the Knoxville Regional Transit Corridor Study in 2013.
Smart Trips Program Offers Options to City Parking Changes
As of July 1, 2016, several changes related to garage and street parking took effect in certain parts of Knoxville.
With a focus on downtown and Fort Sanders, the City and Public Building Authority (PBA) are increasing enforcement, adjusting rates, and installing new meters. With all of this, monthly parking fees for garage parking will see a slight increase, most meters will have slightly higher fees and now include Saturdays, and there will be more officers to police these changes.
Transportation Planning Work Program Being Updated
Draft Update: 2016-2017 Knoxville Regional TPO Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP)
The TPWP outlines a two year transportation planning work program for the activities undertaken by the TPO and its federal, state and local partners. It is updated annually and reviewed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.
Safety Upgrades Scheduled for Clinton Highway
Updates are scheduled for a 2.6-mile stretch of Clinton Highway from Edgemoor Road to the Knox County line.
This particular section of road is known for its safety issues, with a significant number of wrecks occurring there. Upgrades include resurfacing, a continuous center lane and wider shoulders, and new lane markings to show dedicated passing areas. This project is scheduled for next year, and similar upgrades for Clinton Highway from Clinton to Edgemoor Road are planned for 2018.
Call for projects: Transportation Alternatives funding
The TPO is seeking projects for Transportation Alternatives funding.
This federal funding source typically goes toward projects and programs to improve the safety of people walking and bicycling. The TPO receives about $750,000 in TA funding annually. However, more costly projects may be submitted for TA funding, as the TPO has other funding that can be added to projects that are selected for funding. A minimum 20 percent local match is required.
New Report Forecasts 300,000 Population Growth - Long-Range Plan Prepares for Change
The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) recently published the State of Transportation in East Tennessee 2015 Annual Report. Providing insight into the work of the TPO and who is involved, the report gives an overview of the region’s network of road, transit, biking, and pedestrian options.
Bike Month Success
May was National Bike Month, and Knoxville’s participation showed how eager the community is to continue growing its bike culture.
There were activities throughout the month with various events, rides, and classes that celebrated all kinds of people who ride bicycles. Several local businesses also contributed to the momentum by offering a discount to anyone displaying their I Bike KNX helmet sticker throughout the month.