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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Foothills Parkway Construction Milestone to Begin

April 21, 2017
Press Release





                                  Foothills Parkway Construction Milestone to Begin


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 CONTACT: Don Walker- 202.225.5435

April 20, 2017


Today the National Park Service hosted a ceremony commemorating the final construction phase of the Foothills Parkway from Walland to Wear’s Valley that has been almost three decades in the making.


“I am looking forward to seeing the hard work of everyone involved in this project come to life as finishing touches are put in to place that will help showcase the beauty of our region to locals and visitors alike,” Congressman Duncan said.


In April 2016, Congressman Duncan personally wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to express support for the NPS’ application for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant that would help meet the budget requirements for this phase.


Since the $10 million dollar TIGER Grant was awarded to the Foothills Parkway last July, the $35 million dollar project can now be completed with $10 million in funds from the NPS and $15 million from the State of Tennessee. Congressman Duncan helped obtain $27 million for the parkway through various transportation and appropriations bills. To actually utilize the funds, a state government or non-federal entity must contribute 20 percent of the cost.


“Although we faced some roadblocks at certain stages of this important expansion, my colleagues from Tennessee and I worked hard to secure new funding to complete this project,” Congressman Duncan said. 


Since the State of Tennessee purchased the right-of way for the entire 72 mile stretch, Congressman Duncan convinced the Federal Highway Administration to consider the value of the land as the 20 percent non-federal match that would allow construction to continue with the procured federal funds.


The 72 mile long parkway project was authorized by Congress in 1944, but conceptualized in the late 1920’s. To date, 22.5 miles have been completed which include A 5.6 mile section in Cosby and 17 mile section from Walland to Chilhowee Lake.


“I am glad to see this day arrive because it means we  are closer to seeing this stretch of road in our rearview mirrors as we drive alongside our State’s natural beauty, friendly neighbors, and visitors,” Congressman Duncan said.                                                                                                                                                                               ###