TDOT chooses Pellissippi Parkway extension route that displaces some mobile home park residents
From Staff Reports
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announce today the Pellissippi Parkway extension to U.S. 321 would follow what is has been called the west alignment, taking it into the Kensington Place mobile home community.
A technical study revealed one environmentally sensitive area, an archaeological site located in the southern section of the route. In order to avoid the environmentally sensitive area, TDOT investigated two possible minor shifts in the route of the preferred alternative between Brown School Road and East Lamar Alexander Parkway.
The west alignment was one of those shifts, while the other would shift the route about 300 feet eastward in the vicinity of the Kensington Place mobile home community, but away from the community.
Displaced residents in the Kensington Place mobile home community will be offered relocation assistance by TDOT. Any displaced residents who want to stay within their community would likely be able to relocate to one of the available site pads. The mobile home community also would be potentially eligible for a noise barrier that would minimize both noise and visual impacts.
The project will extend Pellissippi Parkway (state Route 162) 4.4 miles from Old Knoxville Highway (state Route 33) to East Lamar Alexander Parkway (U.S. 321/state Route 73.
The alternative will include this shift when presented in the FEIS that will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) later this summer. A record of decision from the FHWA is expected by the end of 2013.