The Tennessee Department of Transportation has finalized its plans to extend Pellissippi Parkway to Lamar Alexander Highway in Maryville.
Officials selected the west alignment shift at the southern end of the route, which will displace six mobile homes in the Kensington Place mobile home community.
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Last June, TDOT revealed the path the extenstion would take, called the Preferred Alternative. However, environmental impact studies revealed an archaeological site that they could not disturb. That's when engineers began studying two alternatives to avoid the site.
After taking public impact and studying the effects both routes would have on the area, officials chose the west alignment. They say it's the shorter route, and would require less right-of-way acquisition. In addition, it would minimize the impact to two active farms and a local church.
TDOT will help the residents in Kensington Place to relocate, and there are site pads available in the same community. The mobile home community could also apply for a noise barrier that would minimize both noise and visual impacts.
The finished project will extend Pellissippi Parkway (State Route 162) from State Route 33 (Old Knoxville Highway) to US 321/State Route 73 (Lamar Alexander Highway). The proposed extension will be approximately 4.4 miles in length.
The route must be approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) later this summer. TDOT hopes to have their decision by the end of the year.