TDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is proposing to extend and construct Pellissippi Parkway (SR 162) from its current terminus at SR 33 (Old Knoxville Highway) to SR 73 (US 321 or Lamar Alexander Highway) in Blount County. The length of the proposed extension would be approximately 4.4 miles. TDOT and FHWA are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to identify and evaluate the environmental effects of the proposed project and to identify measures to minimize harm.
The proposed action is intended to address the following transportation needs in the study area:
The core transportation objectives of the proposed action are:
Additional objectives of the proposed action include:
The Pellissippi Parkway Extension was one of six Bicentennial Parkways included in Tennessee’s 1986 Urgent Highway Needs Plan. The plan described this project as a 19.5-mile extension of Pellissippi Parkway from I-40 in western Knox County to US 321 in eastern Blount County. Pellissippi Parkway between I-40/75 and SR 33 was designed and built in four sections between 1987 and 2005. The extension of Pellissippi Parkway from SR 33 to US 321 was included in the Knoxville Urban Area Transportation Planning Organization’s (TPO) 1995 Update of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and has been included in subsequent updates of the LRTP. The 1998 Federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21 Century or TEA-21 included the extension of Pellissippi Parkway between SR 33 and US 321 in the High Priority Projects Program.
The DEIS evaluated the following alternatives: No-Build; Build Alternatives A and C - extend Pellissippi Parkway as a new four-lane divided roadway with interchanges at SR-33, SR-35/US411, and SR-73/US 321; and Build Alternative D - upgrade existing two-lane network to connect SR-33 with SR-73/US 321. Alternative A was selected as the Preferred Alternative by TDOT in May 2012. TDOT modified the alignment to avoid potential archaeological resources in July 2013.
Alternatives previously considered but dismissed were public transit, transportation system management (TSM) activities, improve currently deficient local roads, and a new four-lane divided roadway corridor closer to the Little River.