Transportation projects are developed in four phases:
1. Planning and Environmental
3. Right-of-Way Acquisition
The project is currently in the Planning and Environmental stage. The following is a timeline of the events concerning this project:
- Tennessee State House of Representatives requests that TDOT evaluate opportunities to provide transportation improvements connecting the cities of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Newport, Greeneville, and the Tri-Cities.
- TDOT Commissioner Nicely asked the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Tennessee (UT) to conduct a project assessment for SR-35 (US-321).
- The mayors of Greeneville, Tusculum, Baileyton, Mosheim, and Greene County make a request to TDOT for construction of a “Northern Loop” around Greeneville based on the findings of the UT study. The mayors emphasized that their request was consistent with TDOT’s plans for SR-35 and US-321 (from Pigeon Forge to the Tri-Cities airport).
- TDOT performs an extensive traffic study to evaluate SR-34 (US-11E) through Greeneville. The traffic study was entitled Traffic Forecast Study Greenville, TN
– US 11E Proposed Bypass From Halhenard Road to Stone Dam Road or SR 107 Green County.
- TDOT prepares a Transportation Planning Report (TPR) for a northern connector around Greeneville
The attached map shows general corridors that have been examined in former studies around Greeneville. Download Map (pdf)
- TDOT begins work on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study all reasonable alternatives for a bypass around Greeneville.
- TDOT held a public meeting to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the purpose and need for the project and to help identify potential alternatives and environmental issues.
- Project alternatives will be identified. Local, state, and federal agencies will be asked to provide concurrence with the alternatives to be carried forward in the EIS.
- Preliminary investigations will be conducted for impacts to the natural and human environment.
- The Purpose and Need for the project was finalized.
- Project Alternatives were identified.
- Detailed technical studies and conceptual engineering plans began for each project alternative.
- Technical studies for each project alternative continued.
- Environmental constraints were found and build alternatives were adjusted.
- Additional testing underway due to the adjustment of the build alternatives.
- Technical studies will be completed.
- TDOT will complete the Draft EIS (DEIS).
- Environmental agencies and FHWA will review and approve the DEIS.
- DEIS will be made available to the public.
- DEIS will be published in the Federal Register
- A public hearing will be held.
- A preferred alternative will be selected for the project.
- A Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will be developed.
- The FEIS will be signed by FHWA.
- A Record of Decision (ROD) will be anticipated.