(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), March 11, 2015 — Legislation that would redesignate State Route 169, also known as Middlebrook Pike, as a state scenic highway is advancing with approval this week in the House Transportation Committee. House Bill 918 / Senate Bill 771, sponsored by Senator Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville) and Representative Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville), would affect the portion of Middlebrook Pike from its intersections at Weisgarber Road to Hardin Valley Road.
The property restrictions of a scenic highway would not apply to the segment which has already been zoned for construction of a new hospital.
“We listened to residents who live along this highway and have heard their concerns about unsightly developments in their neighborhoods,” said Sen. Briggs. “We brought this legislation to the General Assembly as a result of those discussions.”
The road’s previous designation as a scenic highway was removed by a law passed by the General Assembly in 2013. That action removed several prohibitions, including restrictions regarding the height of structures and signage along the highway.
“We have listened to the views of nearby property owners and responded,” said Rep. Daniel. “With regard to building restrictions, this puts the highway back in the position it was prior to the 2013 law.”
The bill now goes to the Calendar Committee in the House of Representatives, before being heard on final consideration. The Senate version will be heard in the Senate Transportation next Wednesday.