City of Knoxville officials will meet with engineers and the community to discuss improvements to the interchange of Magnolia Avenue, Rutledge Pike and Asheville Highway. The meeting will be 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Honey Rock Victorious Church International, 4113 Holston Drive. Everyone is invited.
Gresham Smith has been hired by the city to prepare a study looking at possible improvements to the interchange in East Knoxville. The consultant will investigate options that meet transportation needs and evaluate the interchange configuration in regards to its urban surroundings.
This informal meeting will update the community that the study is underway and invite engagement with city staff and the consultant early in the process.
The current interchange has been criticized by some because it limits turning movements by motorists, and it’s difficult for bicyclists and pedestrians to navigate. Do users and nearby residents see other issues, and do they have suggestions for improvements? Are there design changes that could encourage economic development, and is that something that the community would support?
The Open House will consist of several interactive stations with displays, and visitors will be encouraged to provide feedback and offer suggestions. A Google map of the intersection is here.
Paige M. Travis is a public information specialist with the city of Knoxville.