By Cindy Simpson

GATLINBURG — The Gatlinburg City Commission will consider an agreement with Cannon and Cannon, consulting engineers, for a downtown corridor traffic and pedestrian mobility study.

“The Traffic and Pedestrian Mobility Study item on Tuesday’s agenda, if approved, will examine nine intersections throughout the City in the downtown corridor,” public information officer Seth Butler said.

“Those nine intersections are on Parkway at Traffic Lights #1, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10, along with River Road/Maples Lane, River Road/Leconte Street and River Road/Ski Mountain Road. The study also includes a peer review of recently implemented intersection improvements at Lights 3, 5 and 6.”

Butler noted the high volume of traffic Gatlinburg has experienced following the economic reopening of the area after the COVID-19 pandemic related closures.

“As you are aware traffic volumes have been unprecedented in Gatlinburg and Sevier County since the economic reopening last Summer. If approved, this study would seek to make recommendations on how better to move vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the downtown area,” Butler said.

“Also as part of the study, traffic projections for 10 years in the future will also be done to help develop long-term recommendations. The proposed study is in the amount of $91,500.”

The city will also consider change orders involving the Mynatt Park ADA Accessibility Project.

A change order of $140,975 by Whaley Construction is focused on the installation of a retaining wall at the basketball court, installation of handrails with integrated LED lighting, and replacement of curbing in parking lots.

The Lose and Associates change order is in regards to engineering services for the retaining wall. It is in the amount of $4,500.