James White Parkway extension motion voted down

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Sevier County representative made a motion to include the James White Parkway Extension in the Four Year Transportation Improvement Program, but the motion failed when no one on the Knoxville Transportation Planning Organization technical committee seconded it.

The extension would take the parkway through South Knoxville and the urban corridor, creating a direct link to Governor John Sevier Highway.

The Transportation Planning Organization technical committee approved the Four Year Transportation Improvement Program without the extension in the plan. Only Knox and Sevier County representatives voted against it.

In August, the committee voted to remove the extension from the plan, saying many were against the project. Mayor Madeline Rogero said she's glad it's still off the drawing board.

"We want to support the businesses along Chapman Highway. We want the state to come through with what they had proposed, which was major millions of dollars in improvements to Chapman Highway. We want to protect the urban wilderness," said Rogero.

The Four Year Improvement Plan will now go before the executive board of the Transportation Planning Organization. Unless the executive board makes changes to the plan the technical committee approved, the James White Parkway extension will be left out of the plan.

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