Governor Bill Haslam said Wednesday he is waiting to hear more about the potential impact of extending the James White Parkway before he makes a decision on whether or not to support the project.
"We have to look at it from a local approach for Knoxville and the impact of the urban wilderness there, but also on the regional approach and the impact on Sevier County. That's one of the roles we play at the state. We will be doing both of those before we make a recommendation," he explained.
Discussions to extend the parkway began more than a decade ago, and it was something Governor Haslam dealt with as Knoxville's mayor.
Current project discussions would add another five miles to the parkway in South Knoxville.
Knox county Mayor Tim Burchett said he could support the measure after getting input from state officials.
Governor Haslam said he will meet with TDOT Commissioner John Schroer over the next couple weeks before he makes a decision.