Late last month, April 2017 to be exact, we received some news on the legendary Foothills Parkway development project being conducted through Townsend and Wears Valley and are proud to announce progress on it continues with an end date projected at 2018 with the bridges expected to be finished in 2017.
For those not in the know – the Foothills Parkway is a famous road project that has been in the process of being built longer than a lot of people have been alive. The Foothills Parkway has been authorized by Congress back in 1944 in an effort to produce a 71-mile roadway that is designed to connect US-129 at Chilhowee Lake to I-40 along the Pigeon River. To say it has been a long project in the making is an understatement to an understatement, but also that our pride for seeing it completed soon is brimming is also quite an understatement!
“The 16 mile stretch of the Foothills Parkway known as the “Missing Link” is set to be completed in 2018. […] The section will connect Walland and Wears Valley and give drivers scenic views that aren’t available by other routes. ‘It’s the only way you can see the highest mountains in the eastern United States in this way,’ said Sen. Lamar Alexander. ‘There will be millions of Americans who will come here to do that. They’ll enjoy east Tennessee, they’ll leave their money here and best of all we’ll have a chance to see it and enjoy it anytime we want to.'”
We’ll have more on this information as it becomes available. Stay tuned!