Sorrento Parkway to open Friday

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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Despite last week’s electrical storms, the Sorrento Parkway is still on schedule to be completed Friday, according to city officials. “Friday is still the planned open date,” City Councilman Tom Cosgrove said Tuesday. “It’ll be open on Friday and it meets the deadline.” Construction of Sorrento Parkway was intended to be built by developer fees as new homes came in, but when the housing market crashed, those homes never came. The bypass, however, was still coming through, and Moore Road needed to be closed for the highway’s construction. Without Sorrento Parkway, Moore Road was the only direct route to the center of town for residents living in the Red Hawk and Hawk’s Landing subdivisions. Those subdivisions include about about 200 homes. When Moore Road was closed, it sparked outrage among residents who wanted a direct route into town. “It’s been rough,” said Hawk’s Landing resident Bill Mullican. “We’re waiting for them to finish up. It’s no good having to drive 20 miles out of the way to get a loaf of bread.” During construction, residents were forced to take circuitous routes into town, but emergency vehicles still had access via a specially constructed emergency-vehicle access route. Lane Pounds, a 13-year-old middle school student living in the affected area, said he had to stop riding his bike into town, but that overall, the two-month construction of Sorrento Parkway didn’t present too many problems. “It wasn’t too tough,” Pounds said. “We wasted a lot more gas though.” Pounds said he looks forward to the road’s completion, which will allow him to ride his bike into town again “instead of waiting to hitch a ride” with friends or parents. Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at