Tennessee Highway 66
Great Smoky Mountains Parkway
If you’ve ever driven from I-40 to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg in the last 15 years, you have come to expect congestion along State Route 66, The Great Smoky Mountains Parkway. The Tennessee Department of Transportation was able to accelerate funding to improve this important route with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The entire project from I-40 to downtown Sevierville will widen the existing highway from 4-lanes to 6-lanes improving congestion and enhancing safety for the traveling public.
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Phase One and Phase Two of the highway 66 improvement project are complete. (project phase map)
Phase Three was awarded in February 2012 for $32,517,493.62 to Simpson Construction Company, Inc. It is estimated to be completed by December 31, 2015.
Highway 66 serves as the main artery into the popular tourist areas of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg which are the Gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over 9 million people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, making it the most visited national park in the country.