The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is considering a proposed bypass around Greeneville in Greene County, Tennessee. TDOT is currently working on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to determine what impacts the project will have on the natural and human environment. The need for this project was identified by the Tennessee State House of Representatives in 1994 in legislation which addressed transportation issues from Pigeon Forge through Sevierville, Newport, Greeneville, and the Tri-Cities. Since the 1994 legislation, several transportation studies have been conducted for Greeneville, one in 2002 and another in 2006.
The EIS underway will examine the facts presented in the former studies and is currently undergoing new studies which will examine all reasonable alternatives for a Greeneville bypass. The goals for the bypass will be to improve regional mobility, improve safety, promote economic growth, and reduce truck traffic on US-11E in Greeneville.
TDOT is currently performing technical studies on the proposed project alternatives. Technical studies are expected to be completed by the end of 2012. The attached map illustrates the location of the alternatives that are being carried forward for study in the EIS.
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