Where does Knoxville need sidewalks? City asks for input

Sidewalk in Knoxville/(WVLT)
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Published: Jun. 13, 2019 at 10:24 PM EDT
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The City of Knoxville is working on a master plan for sidewalk improvements and installation throughout the city. They just kicked off a 10 month study to see where the biggest needs are.

"The traffic there moves really fast and you definitely don't want to get too close to the road," Rachel Davis said.

She lives in a neighborhood off Northshore and said getting to the Rocky Hill shopping center can be tough by foot, especially in one area where there are no sidewalks.

"I kind of cut through the grass, there, and it's a pretty big ditch there, and it's a drain there, so it can be wet," Davis said.

She joined others at Knoxville's first workshops for a sidewalk study being completed over the next 10 months.

"If we can connect places, then we're probably meeting the greatest needs," Senior Planner John Houghton said. "Connecting schools, parks, transit, places where people work. If we can build those sidewalks, and fill in those gaps, then we're going to make progress."

That's where the city needs your input.

As for Davis she says all it will take for her is a small strip of concrete.

"Putting a side walk there would really improve that whole path, between and being able to walk instead of drive," Davis said.

Future workshops are listed below:

- Wednesday, June 19, 5-7 p.m.

South-Doyle Middle School Library, 3900 Decatur Drive

Larry Cox Senior Center, 3109 Ocoee Trail

- Thursday, June 20, 5-7 p.m.

Christenberry Recreation Center, 931 Oglewood Ave.

Cumberland Estates Recreation Center, 4529 Silverhill Drive

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