NASHVILLE — The Tennessee General Assembly is set for final approval of a bill that would allow off-highway vehicles on two sections of S.R. 63 between the Scott-Campbell county line and Interstate 75.
The House of Representatives was to have heard House Bill 743 earlier this week as part for a final vote of approval before sending the measure to the governor for final signature.
Earlier, the bill passed the Senate by a unanimous, 31-0 vote.
The legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, will allow ATVs to access S.R. 63 from Stinking Creek Road to Old Highway 63, and from Ershell Collins Road West to Titus Hollow Road.
The bill will also allow ATVs on two sections of S.R. 297 in Elk Valley and Jellico, one being from U.S. Hwy. 25W to London Avenue, and the other being from Woolridge Pike to Whistle Creek Road. Additionally, the legislation will allow ATVs on sections of U.S. Hwy. 25W and S.R. 116 in Campbell County.
The legislation, which is also sponsored by State Rep. Dennis Powers, R-Jacksboro, was requested by tourism officials in Campbell County as a way to move forward the community's fledgling ATV tourism campaign.
While the sections of S.R. 63 that will be impacted by the legislation are located outside Scott County, thousands of motorists from the local community travel that section of roadway en route to Interstate 75 in Caryville each day.
Currently, ATVs are allowed on S.R. 63 through the Town of Huntsville on two weekends each year, which are designated by the Huntsville Board of Mayor and Aldermen and are currently set as Memorial Day weekend and the third weekend of September. The new legislation would allow ATVs on the affected sections of S.R. 63 in Campbell County every day of the year.