Letter: Pigeon Forge sidewalks need attention, repair

Jul. 31, 2013 @ 11:32 PM


I am a 24-year-old male who works and spends most of my time in Pigeon Forge. I lost my license a little over a year ago, so my main method of transportation is my skateboard.

In the last couple months, I have received numerous bruises, scrapes, road rash and cuts because of the sidewalks in Pigeon Forge. They are terrible. There are portholes everywhere (see in front of Adventure Raceway) and many places where the transitions from driveway to sidewalk are huge dropoffs (see the Wears Valley area and in front of Mountian Breeze).

Also, one of the busiest intersections, the traffic light at Wears Valley, has no crosswalk. What in the world is going on there? People could get killed as fast as drivers go through that intersection, and tourists and locals alike just have to wing it when it comes to crossing there.

But that isn’t my main concern. My main concern is the sidewalks. I have sustained what seems like more injuries in the last three months skateboarding around town than in a very long time. Just the other night I fell on my knee and hand because of a 2-inch transition near Geno’s Pizza.

And with the city putting up unnecessary stoplights (near the Titanic), and spending tens of thousands on Winterfest every year (something most locals do not care about), the least you could do is maintain the sidewalks.

Jackson Maples