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State Route 30 Project - Rhea County

From SR-29 in Dayton to West of TN River

Project Description

The project involves improving existing SR-30 from SR-29 (US-27) to just west of the Tennessee River.  SR-30 is within Dayton’s city limits for the first 1.5 miles of the approximate 8-mile long project.  Photo of State Route 30

The Highway 30 Economic Development Coalition and the Southeast Tennessee Development District Rural Planning Organization (RPO) began planning for the proposed project in 2006. The University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research assisted with the early planning efforts.  Early planning included numerous meetings of the Highway 30 Coalition, the RPO, TDOT and other stakeholders.

The following year (2007), work began on a Transportation Planning Report (TPR), which TDOT approved in February of 2008.  The TPR identified the subject area of SR-30 and sections to the east of the Tennessee River as the primary east-west route for travel between the cities of Dayton and Athens and for travel to and from I-75.  (SR-30 extends from McMinnville, Tennessee to Polk County, Tennessee: the latter is within the Cherokee National Forest.)  The TPR corridors will serve as the basis for the development of alternatives in the NEPA process.

The limits of SR-30 for this project extend from SR-29/US 27 to just west of the Tennessee River Bridge.

Current Project Status

The project is currently in the technical studies phase of the NEPA process.  Technical studies that have been completed are as follows:

  • Historical/architectural assessment
  • Phase 1 Archaeological assessment
  • Environmental Justice screening
  • Air quality and Noise assessment
  • Ecological assessment
  • Biological assessment for the Indiana bat
  • Geotechnical assessment

A number of technical studies are still in progress.  They are as follows:

  • Biological assessment for the Gray bat
  • Phase 2 Archaeological assessment
  • Farmland Impact assessment
  • Hazardous Materials assessment
  • Conceptual Stage Relocation Study