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Alcoa Highway: SR-115 (US-129) - Knox and Blount Counties

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will the process of purchasing rights-of-way begin?
A: The project is currently in the environmental stages, so no right-of-way activities are underway yet. For more information, consult the Project Schedule page.

Q: When will actual construction begin?
A: A construction schedule has not yet been determined. It will not occur until after public hearings are held, and environmental requirements are completed. For more information, consult the Project Schedule page.

Q: Will all four projects be constructed at the same time?
A: Probably not. Sequencing of the projects has not yet been determined.

Q: Can I hire my own appraiser to evaluate the value of my property?
A: Yes, but the property owner must bear the cost of any such evaluation.

Q: If my home or business is taken by the new construction, does TDOT assist me in relocating?
A: Yes. Click here for details of the relocation process.

Q: I have seen surveyors working in my neighborhood. Are they marking the road centerline?
A: Not necessarily. Surveyors mark points for a variety of reasons, including centerline location, but also for property and right of way surveys and temporary control points.

Q: Would Traffic Lights (Stop Lights) be effective on Alcoa Highway?
A: The Department has reviewed intersections along Alcoa Highway in the past for signalization.  However, due to the high traffic volumes on Alcoa Highway traffic signalization was rejected, because of the extreme delays and long traffic queues signals would create on Alcoa Highway.  These queues usually add to congestion and increases the number of rear-end collisions.

The TDOT Regional Traffic Office and the City of Alcoa have also been reviewing strategies in an effort to improve the safety along this corridor. The City of Alcoa and the Department are considering options such as median barriers like cable guardrail.  In addition to this safety feature, the Department has ongoing safety projects which target high crash locations along this corridor.

Q: Why does the “No-Build” option remain as an open item?
A: On January 1, 1970 the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) was signed into Law and established a national environmental policy intentionally focused on Federal activities and the desire for a sustainable environment balanced with other essential needs of present and future. NEPA requires Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to examine and avoid potential impacts to the social and natural environment when considering approval of proposed transportation projects. The "no-build" alternative is always included as a benchmark against which the impacts of other alternatives can be compared.

The Alcoa Highway project requires an Environmental Assessment (EA) document. FHWA must approve an EA before it is made available to the public. This document was approved February 27, 2013. Next, TDOT has arranged a Public Hearing for Thursday June 20th, to circulate the document and solicit the public for input. After public comments are received and considered, a determination of the significance of the impacts is made.

Q: Where can I view the Draft Environmental Impact Statement?
A: The DEIS can be reviewed at these locations:

Lawson McGhee Library
500 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902-2505

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

Region 1 Survey and Design Office
7345 Region Lane
Knoxville, TN 37914

Q: Several areas are commercial. What has been the reaction of businesses to the project?
A: Responses from impacted property owners along Alcoa Highway has been positive. A consensus of opinion from the property owners is that they recognize the need to address the safety and capacity issues along the corridor along with improving the vehicle and pedestrian safety. The addition of several interchanges along the corridor will assist both vehicular and pedestrian traffic crossing Alcoa Highway safely while improving the connectivity between communities.

Q: Where can I view the approved Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)?
A: You can view the TIP at Open the attachment at the bottom of the page to view all the projects across the state for their respective funding phases and Fiscal Year.

Q: Where can I find out more regarding the Right-Of-Way process?
A: For Right-Of-Way information including the process, you may visit our website at, or you may call our Right-Of-Way office in Knoxville at (865) 594-2496.