Equipment as part of a vehicular and pedestrian mobility study for Gatlinburg was installed in strategic locations throughout the City earlier this week. The equipment’s purpose is to measure the amounts of vehicles and pedestrians and their behavior over the next seven to 10 days.
Traffic counting strips are installed at five locations to measure the amount of vehicular traffic entering and exiting the City, as well as vehicles traveling through intersections. These strips are installed on US Highway 321, the Spur, on the north and south end of the Gatlinburg Bypass and near the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Additionally, temporary camera devices have been installed in the downtown area to capture vehicular traffic at nine intersections, including the major intersections of Parkway at Traffic Lights Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10. Similar devices are also in place to capture the volume of pedestrians utilizing crosswalks at both signalized intersections and mid-block crosswalks at five locations between Traffic Lights No. 3 and 8 along Parkway.
The Gatlinburg City Commission approved an agreement with engineering firm Cannon and Cannon, Inc. at its May 4, 2021 meeting to identify opportunities to manage the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the downtown district. The study is examining six intersections in the downtown corridor along Parkway and three others on River Road. Parkway intersections at Traffic Lights No. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10, along with River Road’s intersections at Maples Lane, LeConte Street and Ski Mountain Road are included in the study.
The mobility study, in addition to identifying avenues to improve the flow of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, will also provide traffic projections over the next 10 years to develop long-term recommendations. Following the completion of the mobility study, Cannon and Cannon will present the study, findings and recommendations to City officials.
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