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Upcoming Transportation Projects in Our Region

Do you know what the TIP is or how it impacts you? The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a four-year work program of transportation projects found within the Knoxville Urban Area. These projects include those relating to all modes of transportation, including walking, cycling, public transit, and automobile. By programming federal transportation investments in the region, the TIP implements the goals outlined in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) Mobility Plan 2040, which charts a long-term transportation system vision for our region.

The TIP is developed in cooperation with local municipalities, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and any affected public transportation operators. All projects in the TIP must be consistent with or selected from the MTP, and must be fiscally constrained based on estimated revenues.

In October, the Knoxville TPO Executive Board approved an update to the TIP to cover fiscal years 2020 through 2023. Within this program, more than $493 million is committed to 73 projects. Fifty-one of those are existing projects being carried over from the 2017-2020 TIP, and the other 22 are new.

With each program update, considerable funds are designated to a variety of transportation projects that have a major impact on our region. Because of this, we want to highlight a handful of those projects scheduled within the next few years.

South Waterfront Greenway – East of Suttree

Photo of redevelopment along the South Waterfront that will eventually connect to this portion of riverwalk expansion

With this project, the City of Knoxville will continue construction of the South Waterfront Riverwalk. This portion of the project will connect the section of cantilevered riverwalk along Island Home Avenue to the Suttree Landing Park riverwalk east of Foggy Bottom Street along the Tennessee River.

Total project cost: $7.8 million

Programmed for design in 2020, right of way (ROW) in 2021, and construction in 2022.

More: http://knoxvilletn.gov/blog/One.aspx?portalId=270905&postId=15504029&portletAction=viewpost

Blount County Greenway Trail Ph. 1

Photo of existing greenway in Blount County

This is the first greenway project proposed by Blount County and is a link in the Maryville-to-Townsend greenway trail. It ranges from Maryville City Limits at the northwest corner of Helton Road along US 321 to Perry’s Mill parking area. The project also includes a bike access link to Old Walland Highway from Melrose Station Bridge.

Total project cost: $2.9 million

Programmed for design in 2020 and seeking construction funding through TDOT’s multimodal access grant

More: https://knoxblounttrail.org/

Oak Ridge Rails to Trails

A Rails to Trails project is underway on abandoned rails from Elza Gate Park at the Oak Ridge Turnpike to the Y-12 National Security Complex on Scarboro Road and along Belgrade Road, Warehouse Road, Fairbanks Road, and Lafayette Drive. This project connects major employment centers, neighborhoods, and schools while providing an alternative route for non-motorized travel through the city’s most developed area.

Total project cost: $4.4 million

Programmed for ROW and construction in 2020.

More: https://www.oakridger.com/news/20190306/citys-rails-to-trails-project-moves-ahead

Note – link references old cost estimate, so could lead to confusion about total cost

TPO – Regional Pavement Management System

The project will use data to evaluate roadway pavement conditions to determine needs and cost estimates for resurfacing and other treatments. This system, which is based on the most current pavement data collection technology, GIS software, and other pavement management software tools, will allow local jurisdictions to prioritize maintenance and rehabilitation treatments within various budget scenarios. The project is open to all jurisdictions within the TPO planning area that want to participate.

Total project cost (estimate is contingent on how many jurisdictions participate): $625,000

Programmed for implementation in 2020

TPO – Section 5310 Funds

Photo of TPO staff Doug Burton and Dori Caron awarding a van to the Sertoma Center through the 5310 program

This project provides ongoing funding to enhance mobility for senior and persons with disabilities. The funding is awarded to programs that serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act complementary paratransit services. The project is open to all jurisdictions within the TPO planning area.

Total project cost: $3.4 million

More: https://knoxtpo.org/2019/01/17/tpo-distributes-funds-providing-transportation-options-to-seniors-and-persons-with-disabilities/

Knox County – County-wide Transportation Study

This study will prioritize needed road improvements based on existing and proposed land use, taking into account crash data, traffic volume, and road widths. The study will develop proposed road cross sections and help direct community investments to prepare the county for continued growth. Operational and multi-modal opportunities will be addressed. The Northshore Drive corridor will be a particular focus of the study.

Total Project cost: $625,000

Programmed to study in 2020

TDOT – Pellissippi Parkway/Hardin Valley Interchange

Section of Hardin Valley Road near where the interchange improvements will occur

This project will modify the existing interchange to improve capacity, safety, and operations. It will also add a new northbound on-ramp in the northeast quadrant.

Total project cost: $6.8M

Programmed for NEPA, design, ROW and construction in 2020

TDOT – Alcoa Highway from Woodson Drive to Cherokee Trail Interchange

This project will widen a section of Alcoa Highway from four lanes to six. It also includes the construction of a segment of the Knox-Blount Greenway through the corridor. This is one phase of the overall improvement project for Alcoa Highway that includes widening, new access roads, roundabouts, greenways, and other enhancements along the entire length of the heavily trafficked highway.

Total project cost: $88M

Programmed for implementation in 2020

More:  https://knoxblounttrail.org/

https://www.tn.gov/tdot/projects/projects-region-1/sr115-us-129-alcoa-highway.html