What greenway corridors is Knox County planning?
This planning study is looking at four corridors. If a corridor is identified by a road or highway, that doesn’t mean that the greenway will run along that road, just that the goal is to have a greenway running parallel to that transportation corridor. Here are the four corridors:
- Beaver Creek from Hardin Valley to Gibbs
- Northshore Drive from Lakeshore Park to the Loudon County line.
- Chapman Highway from Gary Underwood Park to the Sevier / Blount County line.
- John Sevier Highway from Chapman Highway to Alcoa Highway
Why these corridors?
These greenway corridors were chosen by Knox County for a number of reasons. They run through fast-growing parts of the County, where there’s a great demand for trails, and where it may be possible to get sections of trail built as part of commercial or residential developments. If we know where we want the trails to go, it’s easier to get them built as part of road projects or other developments.
How will the routes be chosen?
Input from the public and from elected officials will play a big role. Other key factors are:
- Connectivity and safety: Which routes connect the most people and places? Which ones have the greatest safety benefits?
- Quality of life, health & equity: Which routes connect people to parks and natural areas? Which routes best serve low-income populations and others who may need safe, healthy alternatives to driving?
- Economic development & tourism: Which routes might draw jobs and tourism dollars to Knox County?
How long is it going to take to build these trails?
That will depend on a couple of factors, including how many miles can be built through development or as part of other projects, and also how much funding Knox County allocates toward greenway construction. Typical construction costs for paved greenway trails are about $1 million per mile.
How long will this planning process take?
The first round of public meetings is planned for June 2019, with a second round to follow in late summer 2019.
Knox County staff expect the plan to be wrapped up by the end of the year.