Sidewalk, greenway extensions planned

Two long-discussed Town projects were given the green light for design work by the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen Sept. 9.

BOMA approved two professional services agreements with Urban Engineering Inc. to design both the Sonja Drive sidewalk extension and the Evans Road Greenway connection.

Design costs approved were $58,975 for Sonja Drive and $28,050 for the Evans Road Greenway.

BOMA had discussed both projects earlier this year during 2021-22 budget talks.

The Sonja Drive project, advocated by Town Vice Mayor Louise Povlin because the road lies within the parent responsibility zone, will ultimately extend the sidewalk from Admiral Road to Oran Road, providing additional pedestrian safety for Farragut View and Stonecrest neighborhoods.

“The project also includes development of plans for improving the existing mid-block crosswalk behind the high school,” a BOMA report from Town engineer Darryl Smith stated.

The Evans Road Greenway extension will connect the Cottages at Pryse Farm to The Farm at Willow Creek along the North site of the roadway.

In both reports, Smith noted design plans are expected to be completed by Spring 2022, followed by securing property easements, then construction to start in 2023.