TDOT pushes forward on plans to fix Alcoa Highway

TDOT pushes forward on plans to fix Alcoa Highway

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TDOT held a public meeting Thursday to get public input on a proposal to improve Alcoa Highway in Knox and Blount Counties. TDOT held a public meeting Thursday to get public input on a proposal to improve Alcoa Highway in Knox and Blount Counties.
Resident Barbara Taylor welcomes the proposed improvements. Resident Barbara Taylor welcomes the proposed improvements.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two proposals for improving Alcoa Highway in Knox and Blount counties were presented Thursday in a public meeting.

Tennessee Department of Transportation officials presented the plans at Sevier Heights Baptist Church on Alcoa Highway to get public input.

The findings of an environmental assessment were presented. Officials also asked for citizen feedback to the two options proposed for the highway, which is officially known as State Route 115.

In the Build option, TDOT would improve the existing highway between Pellissippi Parkway and just north of Cherokee Trail near UT Medical Center, a distance of about eight miles.

The second option, called No-Build, would simply be continued maintenance.

The Build option would widen the highway to three lanes in each direction, except for a section between Singleton Station Road and Topside Road in Blount County. At that section, the roadway widens to include two additional auxiliary lanes. 

The plan calls for seven interchanges and a center median barrier.

While some residents voiced their concerns about the Build plan, others said they would welcome the improvements.

"Turning left to go across the street into any of the businesses or professional offices on the east side of the street is also very difficult many times during the day," said resident Barbara Taylor.

Additional details on the plan can be found on TDOT's website.

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