The TPO Executive Board will hold a public hearing at its regular monthly meeting to consider public comment on the proposed Program of Projects funded by Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Transit Grant funds and Section 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities Grant funds.
Rather than featuring an outside speaker as we typically do, this event will bring together a panel of local activists and educators to discuss how communities can collaborate on building more walkable, bikeable places. Join us at 6 p.m. on May 23 in the Community Room at Pellissippi State – Magnolia Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville. Doors open at 5:30.
Schaad Road and a portion of Lovell Road east of Pellissippi Parkway will soon be under construction for a roadway improvement project. Once complete, the corridor will connect Kingston Pike at Lovell Road to I-75 at Callahan Drive, increasing connectivity in the area. The project is split into three separate phases. For details on each, including scope, improvements, costs, timelines, and a corridor video, visit the project overview.
The 8th annual TN Bike Walk Summit will be in Knoxville May 9-10, 2019. Held at the University fo Tennessee Conference Center, this annual event focuses on how our communities can be made stronger and more economically vibrant when people walk and bike.
The TPO has supported the Volunteer Assisted Transportation program since it first began. This award was for $426,170 in federal dollars, which will be used to provide transportation options for seniors and persons who are disabled.
This fall, TDOT will begin work on a study of I-55/75/26 to identify short-term and long-term solutions to improve problem spots along those corridors. The study will ultimately provide a list of potential projects that can be considered by TDOT and local planning organizations and is expected to be completed by March 2020. To help inform the study, a survey is now open.
The second community workshop for the Chapman Highway Implementation Plan was held earlier in April and attendees were asked to prioritize proposed projects. This feedback will help inform TDOT on how to spend the $45 million that has been set aside for improvements along the corridor.
We need your input on priorities for the projects that have been identified as part of the Chapman Highway Implementation Plan.
The projects are intended to address problems and needs we heard from the input we received at our first public workshop and survey last fall as well as from analyzing updated data for information such as traffic counts, crashes and speeds on Chapman Highway. This survey contains the same projects that were presented at the April 16th Community Workshop and will allow us to obtain input from those who were unable to attend in-person.
Savannah Robertson joined Knoxville-Knox County Planning as the Smart Trips Program Coordinator in February. She is already busy handing day-to-day operations, attending events throughout the area, supporting employers and implementing new programs. Help us welcome her!