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

Development Process

Project Management Office
The Project Management Office adopted a "team approach" to major highway projects by organizing project teams with members representing the functional areas of the Department. The focus of the team is to develop a higher quality project, on time, and within budget through better coordination and communication during the project development process (PDP).

Planning
The Project Planning Division's Short Range Planning Office Advance / Transportation Planning Reports is responsible for the development and completion of Advance Planning Reports, Safety Projects, and Feasibility Studies for new, expanded, or relocated highway facilities.

Environmental
The Environmental Planning and Permits Division’s, Environmental Impact Section prepares environmental studies on social, economic and environmental issues for each highway project.

Design
The Design Division oversees the performance of aerial and ground surveys, the establishment of roadway design criteria, and the development of right-of-way and construction plans for proposed highway improvement projects.

Right-of-Way
The Right-of-Way Division is responsible for the appraisal and acquisition of land needs for state highway construction and relocation of families and businesses affected.

Environmental
The Environmental Planning and Permits Division’s Permits Section is responsible, on a statewide basis for conducting permit reviews, applications for permits, coordinating with state and federal regulatory agencies, acquiring and distributing environmental permits needed by the Department, and monitoring mitigation sites.

Construction
The Construction Division is responsible for preparing proposals and letting to contract all Department of Transportation highway and bridge projects.

Geotechnical
The Geotechnical Engineering Section identifies the soil and rock conditions and makes design recommendations for cut and fill slopes and unusual or special conditions. Later in the process, the section performs foundation investigations for bridges and retaining walls.

Value Engineering
The Value Engineering Office reviews construction specifications to check cost effective methods, materials and designs.