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State Route 162 (Pellissippi Parkway Extension)

Decision Made for Pellissippi Parkway Extension (SR 162) Project
Preferred Alternative Conceptual Plans Available for Viewing

The conceptual plans for the Preferred Alternative with the west alignment shift are available for the public view.  Click here to view a PDF of the 11-sheet set of conceptual plans.

Hard copies of the plan sets are available for viewing at the following locations:

Blount County Public Library
508 N Cusick Street
Maryville, TN 37804

Blount County Chamber of Commerce
201 S Washington Street
Maryville, TN 37804

Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization
400 Main Street Suite 403
Knoxville, TN 37902

TDOT Region 1
7345 Region Lane
Knoxville, TN 37914

Please keep in mind that alternative alignments are conceptual during the NEPA evaluation phase of a project, and these conceptual plans are subject to change.  A preferred alternative concept in the NEPA phase is not yet a final design.  After the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is approved and the Record of Decision (ROD) is issued, TDOT’s Design Division will prepare detailed engineering plans for the project.  When field surveys are conducted during final design, TDOT will be able to determine right-way limits, edges of pavement, location of shoulders and, for those areas in which it is proposed, curb and gutters, and sidewalk widths. Until the final design plans are prepared, it is not possible to know specifically how a particular property and property owner will be impacted by the project.

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Project Description

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:

  • Limited mobility options in Blount County and Maryville due to the primarily radial roadway network that now exists.
  • Poor local road network with substandard cross sections.
  • Lack of a northwest/east connection east of Alcoa and Maryville to help serve:
    • Expanding residential development occurring in eastern Alcoa and Maryville and northern Blount County; and
    • Increasing demand for trips between Maryville and Alcoa and the Knoxville area to the north.
  • Safety issues on roadways in the area, including roads in the Maryville core that through travelers between north and western portions of the county and the eastern portions of the county must pass. Numerous rear-end crashes and angle crashes have been reported due to high volumes of traffic and lack of access management along the roadways.
  • Traffic congestion and poor levels of service on the major arterial roads in the study area (US 129, SR 33, US 411 and US 321).

The core transportation objectives of the proposed action are:

  • Enhance regional transportation system linkages.
  • Improve circumferential mobility by providing travel options to the existing radial roadway. network in Blount County, Maryville, and Alcoa.
  • Improve roadway safety on the existing roadway network, including the Maryville core.
  • Achieve acceptable traffic flows (level of service) on the transportation network or not adversely. affect traffic flows on the existing network.

Additional objectives of the proposed action include:

  • Support community and growth management goals.
  • Minimize adverse impacts to neighborhoods and businesses, farmlands, and the natural and cultural environment.

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 by TDOT in May 2012.

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.