Alternative B-Modified Selected
On May 28, 2013, the Alternative B-Modified was selected as the preferred alignment for SR 126 (Memorial Boulevard) project in Sullivan County. It was selected because it best meets the purpose and need of the project. It improves safety while minimizing impacts to the environment and the community. It was the only alternative that did not impact a nearby cemetery and also lowered considerably the number of residential and business displacements. (Click here for Modified Alternative B maps)
Alternative B-Modified Selected (May 29, 2013 news release)
News Release: Decision Made for State Route 126 Project
Alternate B Modified (Sheet 1 of 2)
In selecting reasonable alternatives to meet the purpose and need of the project, TDOT consulted with local, state and federal officials and agencies, identified environmentally sensitive areas and held several public involvement meetings in the project corridor. The SR 126 (Memorial Boulevard) project was the initial Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) Project for Tennessee.
Initially, two build alternative options, Alternatives A and B and the No-Build Alternative option were presented in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). (Click here for DEIS) (Click here for Alternatives A and B maps) Since publication of the DEIS, the travel model used for this project was updated and updated traffic information has been made available. With that information, TDOT developed an additional alternative option for consideration, “Modified Alternative B.” This alternative, which was selected, does not take graves from East Lawn Cemetery or present an adverse effect to Yancey’s Tavern.
Each of these Alternatives are also described in the handout provided at the December 11, 2012 Public Hearing. (Click here for SR 126 Public Hearing Handout/Update Brochure)