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State Route 30 Project - Rhea County

From SR-29 in Dayton to West of TN River

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. The existing options are called “corridors,” and not “alignments.”  What is the difference between a corridor and an alignment?

The current study corridors represent a 1,000-foot wide corridor which will be studied for various environmental, social, and cultural concerns.  An alignment, which averages a width of 150 feet, will be developed within the final corridor option that is chosen.

  1. How did TDOT determine the project’s alternative options?

A Transportation Planning Report (TPR) was developed in 2007 and 2008.  During the TPR development process, TDOT officials, along with other state, local, and federal officials, developed 5 of the current project alternatives.  A sixth alternative was added in June 2011 as a result of public input.

  1. What are the preliminary cost estimates for each of the options?
  • Option 1 - $24.7 million (not including cost of new interchange with SR-29)
  • Option 2 - $33 million
  • Option 3 - $39.6 million
  • Option 4 - 40.4 million
  • Option 5 - $46.18 million
  • Option 6 - no estimate available at this time

  1. Will TDOT be conducting technical studies on all of the corridor options?

No, some alternatives will be dismissed early in the NEPA process.  Those alternatives that do not meet the project need will not be evaluated further.  Please check the website for updates regarding corridor option refinement

  1. Will TDOT need to acquire property for the improvement to or construction of the road?

It is likely that, should a Build Alternative be chosen, private property will be acquired for right-of-way.  TDOT will offer assistance to all eligible residents and businesses impacted by the project, including persons requiring special services and assistance.  The agency’s relocation program will provide such services in accordance with Tennessee Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1972 and the Federal Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Uniform Act), as amended.  The Uniform Act requires that relocation assistance be made available to all displaced persons without discrimination.  TDOT’s relocation program is realistic and will provide for the orderly, timely, and efficient relocation of all eligible displaced persons in compliance with state and federal guidelines.

  1. How can I comment on the proposed project?

The initial public comment period for the project ended on June 30, 2011.  Please periodically check this site for updates regarding additional public review and comment periods. However your comments are important to us, please feel free to contact Chester Sutherland should you have questions or would like to make a comment.

  1. When will construction begin?

The environmental document will not be complete until mid-2013.  Currently, there is no identified funding source for design, right-of-way, or construction of the road.  The earliest reasonable estimate for construction is 2015-2016.