I am writing to express my concerns with the proposed Pellissippi Parkway
Extension. According to TDOT’s assessment, this massively expensive
highway will not result in significant, if any, improvement in the stated
goals to improve traffic congestion or levels of service on most of our
Even more frightening is the sound or sight of an emergency vehicle — there is nowhere to pull aside, causing confusion in both directions. Living close to this highway, I know the high frequency of usage by emergency vehicles (several times daily). I wonder if anyone has even consulted with these services about how it will affect them? And given that there is also a school being developed farther down this road, any plan that increases traffic on this road is completely irresponsible.
To use an estimated $100 million is a misuse of my, my children’s, and grandchildren’s money for a project that will benefit a few (in terms of 10-20 minutes per day), out-of-town tourists who will bypass our area, and contractors and builders. Instead of unnecessarily wasting this money, I suggest the no build option — use these funds to improve the current unsafe roads that more citizens travel on every day.
3311 Scarlet Drive
Maryville, TN 37804