Speeding and traffic safety have been on our radar for quite some time, and our Knoxville Police Department liaison has worked with us to implement speed stops on some of our busier streets. While we will continue to work with our KPD liaison, we may have an opportunity to work with the city to curb speeding on a larger scale. The City of Knoxville recently released a draft program guide for a new Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program (NTSP). The program is expected to launch this summer and the city is looking for public comment on the proposed program.
The program guide and program flow chart are available online; hard copies may be obtained by calling David Massey at 865-215-3232. The NTSP- developed jointly by the city’s Engineering Department, Police Department, and Office of Neighborhoods- will employ a three prong approach to managing neighborhood traffic concerns: education, enforcement, and engineering.
I encourage you to read the proposal and provide feedback in the following ways:
– Attend one of two public meetings: Thursday, May 12, 5:30-7:00pm, O’Connor Senior Center, 611 Winona Street -or- Monday, May 16, 7:00-8:30pm, West High School, 3300 Sutherland Avenue
– Complete the online survey
– Email comments to the city’s NTSP account
– Email me directly and I will communicate your feedback to appropriate individuals in the Engineering Department, Police Department, and Office of Neighborhoods
I recently attended a presentation regarding the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program, and I believe the program provides a much needed comprehensive approach to neighborhood concerns about speeding and traffic and is one that places an emphasis on individual neighborhood needs. After the program is finalized (likely later in the summer) our neighborhood organization board will discuss problem areas within Fourth + Gill and whether we should submit an application. Please note that if we submit an application, we will have to garner signatures from Fourth + Gill residents and will reach out to and rely on you for input before submitting an application.
Please contact me if you have questions regarding the NTSP or if you have any concerns about or ideas for our great neighborhood.
Jenny from the Brownlow
Historic Fourth + Gill
Neighborhood Organization President