PIGEON FORGE — The city is considering three routes for the West Side Connector, and it will offer them for public consideration during a meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in Meeting Room B of the City Hall complex.
The connector is meant to eventually give drivers a route that will take them from Wears Valley to Pine Mountain Road without traveling on the Parkway.
“We hope to improve traffic and give people a better way to get around,” Mayor David Wear said.
The project has been ongoing for years, as the city has been working on it in phases.
The first phase was the McGill Street Connector, which has been completed and runs from McGill Street to Lafollette Circle.
Now, with funds set aside to work on it, the city is hoping to move forward with the entire project.
But in the years since they started, there have been developments that block the original route planned for the project.
City Commission is considering three possible routes to take the road from West Mill Creek to Pine Mountain Road, all of which could impact businesses or homes along the route.
Two routes would mostly run along Mill Creek as it goes by Freedom Baptist Church and Pigeon Forge Care & Rehabilitation Center.
A third route would also begin at West Mill Creek but then go around the north side of the church, impacting a few properties on that side.
The route that goes north of the church would impact three houses.
Now the city is inviting people to the meeting to learn more about the plans, view the routes, and to weigh in on which one they would prefer.
“We’re trying to get people’s feedback, Wear said.
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