TDOT suspends James White Parkway plan
From Staff Reports
KNOXVILLE — Tennessee Department of Transportation officials said work on the proposed James White Parkway in south Knoxville will stop with the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s decision Wednesday to withdraw the project from its long-term plans.
“TDOT will not build projects that aren’t supported by communities and our local partners,” agency officials said in a news release. “Today, we received a clear statement by the current members of the Knoxville TPO that they do not wish to see the project progress. We will no longer commit any further resources to this project.”
TDOT officials said the project was developed in part to address safety and congestion issues on Chapman Highway. “We remain concerned that our efforts to improve conditions along Chapman Highway will not be sufficient now, and particularly in the future,” the release said.