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State Route 162 (Pellissippi Parkway Extension)

From SR 33 to SR 73 (US 321) in Blount County.

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Decision Made for Pellissippi Parkway Extension (SR 162) Project
West alignment shift at southern end of Preferred Alternative selected

Western Shift Chosen for Preferred Alternative

On Monday, July 29, 2013, TDOT announced that the west alignment shift at the southern end of the Preferred Alternative has been selected for the Pellissippi Parkway Extension (State Route 162) project in Blount County.

TDOT held an Informal Briefing on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in the project area. The purpose of the briefing was to inform potentially affected residents and businesses of minor shifts (east and west) in the alignment of the Preferred Alternative near the southern terminus of the proposed project (as identified in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement). A shift is necessary to avoid an identified environmentally sensitive (archaeological) area.

Click here to view the media release.

Prior to modification of the Preferred Alternative, TDOT held a Community Briefing on May 30, 2013 to offer those potentially impacted by the modification, a minor shift to either the east or west, an opportunity to see and comment on the shifts under TDOT consideration. Click here to view the briefing flyer  (pdf) and materials made available at the briefing.

Modification of the Preferred Alternative
Following the selection of the Preferred Alternative in 2012, the Phase II archaeological investigations revealed one site that has been determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  Since the Preferred Alternative had already been analyzed and selected over the other Build Alternatives, TDOT focused on identifying potential avoidance options via minor alignment shifts in the vicinity of the sensitive portion of the eligible archaeology site, rather than major shifts of the alignment. TDOT identified and investigated two possible minor shifts in the route of the Preferred Alternative, between Davis Ford Road and US 321/SR 73 (the southern terminus of the project).

The two minor alignment shifts are identified below and illustrated in the figure below

  • The east alignment shift would move the ROW about 300 feet eastward, away from the Kensington Place mobile home community and toward the developing Sweetgrass Plantation subdivision. 
  • The west alignment shift would move the ROW about 150 feet to the west into the mobile home community.

The typical section of each alignment shift would be the same as defined for the Preferred Alternative: a four-lane divided roadway with a 48-foot depressed median. The avoidance shifts would each be about 1.4 miles in length.

TDOT investigated potential archaeology, noise, ecology, farmland, relocations and environmental justice impacts for each shift.

The two potential alignment shifts and the impacts of these shifts were presented to the public at a Community Briefing held on May 30, 2013 in the project area.  The meeting was attended by 136 persons, and approximately 150 comments were received by the close of the comment period (June 15, 2013).
In making the determination of the alignment shift, TDOT considered the amount and type of impacts of each shift and the potential to mitigate adverse effects.  TDOT also gave consideration to public input received during the May 30th Community Briefing and the associated comment period.

TDOT has determined that the alignment of the Preferred Alternative would be best modified by the west shift for the following reasons: 

  • The overall length of the west shift is shorter and the amount of right-of-way required is less.
  • The west shift minimizes impacts to the operations of two active farms.
  • The west shift is farther away from a local church, thus minimizing potential access and noise impacts
  • The difference in estimated cost between the east and west shifts is negligible (east shift: $40.94 million, west shift: $40.95 million).
  • Currently predicted noise levels make the Kensington Place mobile home community eligible for a noise barrier that would minimize both noise and visual impacts.
  • Though the west shift increases impacts to streams, wetlands and floodplains, these will be minimized during the design and permitting process of the project.
  • Displaced residents in the Kensington Place mobile home community will be offered relocation assistance by TDOT.  And, any residents who want to stay within their community would likely be able to relocate to one of the numerous site pads available.
  • While there would be adverse impacts within Kensington Place with the west shift, TDOT and FHWA have determined through an environmental justice analysis that these impacts would not change the finding of the approved DEIS that the project would have no disproportionately high and adverse impacts to minority and low-income populations compared with the rest of the corridor pursuant to Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Executive Order 12898.

The conceptual plans for the Preferred Alternative with the west alignment shift are available for the public view.  Click here to view a PDF of the 11-sheet set of conceptual plans.

Hard copies of the plan sets are available for viewing at the following locations:

Blount County Public Library
508 N Cusick Street
Maryville, TN 37804

Blount County Chamber of Commerce
201 S Washington Street
Maryville, TN 37804

Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization
400 Main Street Suite 403
Knoxville, TN 37902

TDOT Region 1
7345 Region Lane
Knoxville, TN 37914

Please keep in mind that alternative alignments are conceptual during the NEPA evaluation phase of a project, and these conceptual plans are subject to change.  A preferred alternative concept in the NEPA phase is not yet a final design.  After the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is approved and the Record of Decision (ROD) is issued, TDOT’s Design Division will prepare detailed engineering plans for the project.  When field surveys are conducted during final design, TDOT will be able to determine right-way limits, edges of pavement, location of shoulders and, for those areas in which it is proposed, curb and gutters, and sidewalk widths. Until the final design plans are prepared, it is not possible to know specifically how a particular property and property owner will be impacted by the project.

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The schedule to complete the FEIS and the Record of Decision (ROD) has been adjusted to take into account additional steps that have been identified in 2013.

  • Evaluation of alignment options to avoid an identified environmentally sensitive (archaeological) site
  • An update of the project’s traffic forecasts and operational analysis based on the June 2013 update to the Knoxville regional traffic model
  • Preparation of a reevaluation of the DEIS since more than 3 years have passed since the DEIS was circulated

The expected schedule to complete the FEIS and ROD as shown below is dependent upon expeditious agency reviews.

  • Complete new Traffic and Noise Analyses – Complete
  • FHWA issues Final EIS – Winter 2015
  • FHWA issues Record of Decision – Spring 2015

Prefered Alternative Map