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Alcoa Highway: SR-115 (US-129) - Knox and Blount Counties

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Proposed Frontage Road at Woodson Drive Rendering

Proposed Frontage Road at Woodson Drive Rendering

Proposed Maloney Road Interchange Rendering

Proposed Maloney Road Interchange Rendering

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities

The department began engaging with our local partners in 2000 to discuss various possibilities to incorporate multimodal transportation options. Blount and Knox Counties, Cities of Alcoa and Knoxville, and the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) requested the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to consider adding bicycle and pedestrian facilities along the Alcoa Highway (S.R.-115) corridor. The department has given full consideration to honoring this request and has proposed an option which all entities have agreed upon. TDOT will be funding the portion of greenway construction within the project’s right-of-way limits.  The department recognizes the benefits in providing local transportation connections that consider the safety of all users.

TDOT’s bicycle and pedestrian policy, as stated in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Element of Tennessee’s 25-Year Long-Range Transportation Plan (2005), includes provisions for bicycles and pedestrians in new construction and the reconstruction of roadway projects through design features appropriate for the context and function of the transportation facility. The policy also identifies existing and proposed bicycle routes.

SR-115 is included in the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) as an existing facility with at least a four foot shoulder, which would be acceptable for bicycle travel. However, the grade separations on SR-115 do not present a favorable environment for bicycles or pedestrians and, as such; provisions have not been made to accommodate such modes (i.e., bike lanes or sidewalks). The proposed improvements to SR-115 involve eliminating many of the at grade intersections and converting the roadway to a greater level of access control through construction of new grade separated interchanges and installing a median barrier for the length of the project.

For further information pertaining to TDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, please visit our website at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/bikeped/ or please contact Jessica Wilson, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator at (615) 741-5025 or Jessica.L.Wilson@tn.gov.