Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (August 8, 2011) (PDF 8.27 MB)
The existing State Route 115 (Alcoa Highway), from near Hall Road (State Route 335) to south Singleton Station Road, currently provides multiple functions. It provides local business access, carries traffic to and from McGhee Tyson Airport, and is a primary commuting route to and from the City of Knoxville. It serves a major portion of Blount County and surrounding areas. The contrasting priorities for the roadway have resulted in negative safety and capacity issues.
The proposed project would consist of constructing a segment of limited access highway on new alignment from near Hall Road to South Singleton Station Road. The purpose of this project is to provide a balanced solution for the safety and capacity issues of the existing section of State Route 115 between Hall Road and South Singleton Station Road. The multi-lane facility would provide an efficient and safe transportation route, minimize displacements or other impacts to local businesses, and be compatible with local and regional goals and objectives.
Purpose of Project
Build Alternative Description
The Build Alternative would involve construction of a new six-lane, limited access highway from north of Hall Road to South Singleton Station. The portion from the split of State Route 115 (Alcoa Highway) and State Route 335 to the proposed McGhee Tyson Airport interchange would be widened to eight lanes to accommodate the combined traffic volumes. Each of the traffic lanes would be 12-feet-wide and inside and outside shoulders would be 12 feet. The project length is approximately 250 acres of new right-of-way. Several new interchanges, connector roads, and other improvements are proposed along the length of the project.
The primary benefits of the proposed action include:
The primary direct adverse impacts of the proposed action include: