Stoplight changes could help traffic flow

Pigeon Forge and Sevierville to work together to improve traffic flow. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Pigeon Forge and Sevierville leaders are in the early stages of trying to figure out how to change stoplight patterns to help traffic flow between the two cities.

According to Pigeon Forge City Manager, Earlene Teaster, only a few meetings have happened, and the group doesn't have enough information yet to make any recommended changes.

Traffic between the two cities is slow in peak tourist times. John Arnold and his wife just got into town on Monday avoiding the weekend rush, just what they'd hoped after being stuck in it before.

"I've been here with it was much worse, We were here a few months ago, we sat a long while at some lights," said Arnold. "It kind of gives you a chance though to look at everything, to say I kind of want to go there, let's look at that. So it's kind of a slow tourist kind of ride."

Changing light patterns would be a cheaper, quicker option than building all new roads, but still Pigeon Forge leaders say changes won't happen over night.

"When people are just packed into the parkway, those days we need to address those," said Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear. "Those are probably going to be an issue from here and into the future. and the only way to get a good grip on that is for everybody to come and work together."

Teaster says before the cities spend any money on changes they want to review all the options available.

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