NEW Corridor K Tunnel Preliminary Evaluation (pdf)
Welcome to the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s official US 64/Corridor K website. US 64/Corridor K is a route on the Appalachian Development Highway System which starts at I-75 near Cleveland, Tennessee and ends near Dillsboro, North Carolina. This project focuses on the section of the road from west of the Ocoee River to SR-68 near Ducktown. The portion of Corridor K lying within the study area is part of the Ocoee Scenic Byway, which was designated as the nation’s first National Forest Scenic Byway. It is also a Tennessee Scenic Parkway.
In the study area, US 64/Corridor K has numerous transportation problems, including roadway deficiencies (e.g., lack of shoulders and guardrails, susceptibility to rockslides) and safety issues (e.g., inadequate sight distance, sharp curves). The proposed project is needed to address these issues and facilitate a safer, reliable, and efficient east-west transportation route.
The project is currently in the environmental study phase. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is being prepared in accordance with federal requirements. The DEIS will provide comprehensive information about the purpose and need for the project, proposed plans, and potential environmental, social, and economic effects.
The DEIS is scheduled to be available for review in Winter 2015 (view Schedule).
Five build alternatives have been identified to be studied in detail in the DEIS (also referred to as the DEIS alternatives) were determined following intensive coordination with the regulatory/resource agencies through the TESA process (Concurrence Point 2) and by obtaining public input on the preliminary study alternatives and alternatives screening process. The following DEIS build alternatives were advanced for further study:
A No-Build Alternative will also be evaluated. The DEIS will include detailed descriptions of each of these alternatives and the potential impacts that could result. The DEIS will be made available for public review and comment.
The last public meetings for the project were held in March 2011. The project team has continued to work with federal, state, and local agency representatives and technical experts, as well as the Citizens Resource Team (CRT) to refine alternatives and evaluate impacts.
A newsletter will be published this summer or fall to provide more information on the DEIS and ongoing activities. The newsletter will be distribute to the project mailing list and posted to the Library page.
Public meetings will be held this fall to present the DEIS alternatives and potential impacts of the project.
Stay tuned for more information!
Corridor K Project Map
Click image to view an enlarged project map. (pdf)