Multiple members of the public who spoke against funding the new road said the county needs to abandon the school project, period.
Sullivan County is building a new 1,700-student high school off Interstate 81’s Exit 63 on a site accessible only by winding, hilly two-lane roads.
TDOT identifies “basically two options” for design of the road from Highway 357 to the site of the Lynn Road school, projected to open in about two years off Interstate 81’s Exit 63.
“It looks like this is in the county commission’s lap,” County Mayor Richard Venable said. “It’s in the commission’s hands now and we know what the school board thinks about it.”
If it ever comes to a vote, the proposal to go forward with building a new road to provide better access to the new school will need a simple majority to gain approval.
“They think if they can stop the road, they can stop the high school,” Sullivan County Commissioner Mark Vance said.