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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. 

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 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. The TPR identified five study corridors to serve as the basis for the development of alternatives in the NEPA process.   A sixth corridor was developed as a result of public support at the Public Meetings and Local Officials’ Briefing in May and June 2011.

Following a Tennessee Environmental Streamlining Agreement (TESA) Interagency Meeting and TESA Agency Field Review in July and November 2011, four alternatives were eliminated.

An Environmental Assessment is now being prepared to evaluate two Build Alternatives: Build Alternative 1 which is the roadway improvements along existing SR 30 and Build Alternative 2 which involves improvements to White Oak Road and existing SR 30.

Project Timeline

All TDOT projects, including the SR 30 project, are developed through a five-step process illustrated below.

Four step process graphic

This project is currently in the Environmental Phase.  This phase must be completed before the project may move on the subsequent phases.  Below are tentative milestone dates for the Environmental Phase:

  • Summer 2014 – Project Kickoff
  • Fall 2014 – Public meeting
  • Winter/Spring 2014/2015 – Conduct Technical Studies
  • Summer/Fall 2015 – Preparation of Environmental Assessment document
  • Spring 2016 – Hold Public Hearing and select Preferred Alternative
  • Summer 2016 – Complete Environmental Assessment