TDOT selects 4-mile Pellissippi Parkway extension for Blount Co.

TDOT selects 4-mile Pellissippi Parkway extension for Blount County

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MARYVILLE (WATE) - The state Department of Transportation has chosen a 4.3-mile route as the preferred path for the proposed Pellissippi Parkway Extension in Blount County.

The route, dubbed Alternative A, will extend Pellissippi Parkway as a new four-lane divided roadway on a minimum of 300 feet of right-of-way.

TDOT plans interchanges at SR 33, SR 35 (US 411), and SR 73 (US 321).

Officials say Alternative A will reduce traffic delays in Blount County and complete Pellissippi Parkway (SR 162/I-140) as envisioned by local and regional planning organizations.

Throughout the project's development, TDOT officials met with local citizens, local and public officials, as well as local, state, and federal agencies.

Their input and TDOT's analysis of the environmental impacts of the project alternatives were key factors in the decision.

The legislative bodies from the city of Maryville, the city of Alcoa, and Blount County have adopted resolutions to support Alternative A as the route for this project.

"The selection of Alternative A is the result of productive collaboration and strong partnerships between TDOT, the community, and government agencies," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. "Alternative A will provide a safer route for travelers in northeastern Blount County."  

TDOT will perform additional environmental technical studies for the route. They will include studies for natural, social and cultural resources.

The preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement is scheduled to be complete in the spring of 2013.

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