Completion of Kingston Pike Safety Enhancements

Kingston Pike in West Knoxville sees safety upgrades for cyclists and pedestrians.

A notable improvement project has been completed on a 1,400-foot section of Kingston Pike in West Knoxville, addressing long-standing safety concerns for bicyclists and pedestrians.

On Thursday, June 27, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, to celebrate the culmination of the $2.3 million Kingston Pike Complete Connections Project.

The project, funded by the City of Knoxville in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, aims to enhance the multimodal corridor between Wesley Road and the library at Golfclub Road, just west of Bearden Hill. Improvements include a wide, smooth ADA-compliant sidewalk on the south side of Kingston Pike, and new bike lanes on both sides of the pike. Additionally, infrastructure for a new Knoxville Area Transit bus stop shelter, a crosswalk with pedestrian signals at Papermill Drive, and new detection equipment to improve traffic signal timing were installed. Enhancements in drainage and lighting were also made.

Jon Livengood, the City’s Alternative Transportation Coordinator, highlighted the significance of the new bike lanes, especially for West Knoxville bicyclists. “For years, it was a big barrier: A high volume of traffic, no shoulder, fast-moving vehicles. Many bicyclists didn’t feel comfortable riding there,” Livengood explained. “These state and City investments improve this corridor for everyone – but especially for bicyclists.”

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