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Relocated Alcoa Highway: SR 115 (U.S. 129) - Blount County

Project Description

On August 8, 2011, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for this project, completing the process in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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

  • Proposed alignment shall be constructed as a limited access highway on new alignment from Hall Road to Singleton Station Road.
  • Existing Alcoa Highway provides local business access, carries traffic to and from McGhee-Tyson Airport, and is a primary commuting route for the City of Knoxville.
  • The purpose is to improve the safety and capacity issues of the existing SR#115 section.
  • The new section would mainly serve commuter traffic to and from Knoxville and traffic to and from McGhee-Tyson Airport, while the existing facility would continue to provide access to local businesses.

Project Update

These three roadway projects are currently in the Survey and Design Phase.



General Location Map (Project Limits)

General Location Map