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State Route 52 (Corridor J) - Overton County

From State Route 136 to State Route 111 in Livingston, TN

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the different types of Environmental Documents?

The major differences between the types of documents are the level of detail, required study alternatives, and the procedural process.

An Environmental Assessment (EA) is prepared if it is unknown whether or not a project has the potential to significantly impact environmental resources. If the EA identifies potential significant impacts then an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) must be prepared. If no significant impacts are found, then the EA concludes with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). If, during an EA it becomes obvious that anticipated environmental effects will be minimal, then the environmental document may be changed from an EA to a Categorical Exclusion.

A Categorical Exclusion (CE) is a category of actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the environment. The Federal Highway Administration has developed lists of actions that are to be documented as a CE. They are actions which do not:

  • Induce significant impacts to planned growth or land use for the area;
  • Require the relocation of significant numbers of people;
  • Have a significant impact on any natural, cultural, recreational, historic or other resource;
  • Involve significant air, noise, or water quality impacts;
  • Have significant impacts on travel patterns; and
  • Otherwise, either individually or cumulatively, have any significant environmental impacts.

To read more about Tennessee’s Environmental Procedures Manual go to: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/environment/tepm.htm.

What is the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS)?

Photo of waterfall through spillway.The ADHS was authorized by the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 as part of federal legislation. The purpose of this act was to assist in the construction of the highways to “open up an area or areas with a development potential where commerce and communication have been inhibited by lack of access”. Corridor J is one of six AHDS corridors in Tennessee and extends from Chattanooga to Interstate 75 in Kentucky. Although rural highway systems have considerably improved since ADHS corridors were planned, there are still areas to be completed. One of those is the section of State Route 52 from State Route 136 to State Route 111.

What is the status of this Corridor J (State Route 52 in Overton County) project?

The Right of Way phase is currently underway. During this phase, appraisals will be prepared and offers will be made to buy the property. The last phase will be to perform the actual construction.

Will TDOT need to buy property for this project?

It is likely that any proposed highway improvement would require additional right of way. To see an explanation of acquisition procedures, click here.

Where can I get more information about this project?

You may contact the TDOT Project Manager Brian Dickerson. Click here for the project contacts page of this site