Foothills Parkway within Grasp
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John J. Duncan. Jr. (R-TN) announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded the National Park Service $10 million of Federal Lands Transportation Program funds that will aid in the completion of the 16 mile section of the Foothills Parkway between Wears Valley and Walland Tenn. “I have visited the location of this project on numerous occasions,” Congressman Duncan said, “and the spectacular panoramic views for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park should be accessible to the millions of visitors who come to East Tennessee for recreation every year.”
Last April, Congressman Duncan wrote to the Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, in support of the National Park Service’s application. “I am pleased to once again to work with the Park Service on this important project,” said Duncan. Funding the Foothills Parkway project has been a priority for Congressman Duncan for over 20 years. In the past, he has secured funding for this project through the appropriations process and in highway reauthorization bills.
“The completion of this project will provide a transportation and recreation corridor that can boost local, regional, and state economies while enhancing the local transportation network,” Congressman Duncan said.