News and Events
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Federal Planning Certification Review
The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) will hold a public meeting on Monday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m. Citizens and other state, regional, and local partners and any other interested parties are encouraged to attend the public meeting to discuss the TPO’s planning efforts to meet the various federal regulations and how the transportation planning process works locally.
TDOT Announces "Cleaner Diesel Technologies" Grant Program
TDOT is currently accepting grant applications for projects that reduce particulate air pollution from diesel engines in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon and Roane counties. Eligible project types include: Add-On Equipment, New Engines and Vehicle Replacements for certain on-road and non-road diesel vehicles. This funding opportunity is open to both public and private vehicle fleet owners.
Alcoa Highway Design Public Meeting
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will conduct a Design Public Meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 to discuss the Roadway Plans for SR-115 from north of Little River to north of Maloney Road.
Call for Projects for TDOT Multimodal Access Grants
The TPO welcomes local governments to submit applications for the 2015-2016 round of Tennessee Department of Transportation Multimodal Access Grants.
The Multimodal Access Grant provides 95% state funds with a 5% local match for the purpose of supporting the transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists through infrastructure projects that address multimodal gaps along the state highway network.
Applications are due to the TPO at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. They should be sent to email@example.com. Any questions should go to Ellen Zavisca at that address or at 215-4014.
Monitoring traffic volumes on area roadways is an important tool that helps planners and engineers prioritize roadway improvements. Annual traffic counts, gathered at over 2,000 locations in the region, show trends and identify areas where traffic may be approaching a roadway’s capacity. Read More
Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement Pellissippi Parkway Extension (SR-162)
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announces the availability of the approved Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Pellissippi Parkway Extension (SR-162) from SR-33 (Old Knoxville Highway) to US-321/SR-73/Lamar Alexander Parkway, in Blount County Tennessee. The FEIS was approved by the Federal Highway Administration on September 10, 2015.
Copies of the FEIS document are available for public review at the locations listed below:
Blount County Public Library
508 N. Cusick Street
Maryville, TN 37804
Blount County Chamber of Commerce
201 S. Washington Street
Maryville, TN 37804
7345 Region Lane
Knoxville, TN 37914
An electronic copy of the approved FEIS is also available at: https://www.tn.gov/tdot/article/pellissippi.
Any comments should be submitted to the address below by November, 18, 2015:
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Attn: Pellissippi Parkway Extension (SR-162)
Suite 700, James K. Polk Building
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1402
Open Streets Knoxville Event Planned for October
On Sunday, Oct. 25, Knoxvillians are invited to walk, bike, jog or dance their way through town at the first ever Open Streets Knoxville event. A 1-mile stretch of Central Street, connecting Happy Holler to Emory Place and the Old City, will be closed to all motorized traffic, allowing revelers a day of shopping, playing, exercising and socializing all on foot or two wheels. Read More
Alcoa Town Center Workshop Report Now Available
Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) staff, City of Alcoa officials and representatives from Smart Growth America hosted a community event and an in-depth workshop on September 1 and 2, 2015 to learn more about innovative approaches to pursuing quality small downtown development and redevelopment.
View the report here to learn more about key development issues Alcoa faces and the community's options as it moves forward.
Long Range Mobility Plan Amendments Spur Air Quality Conformity Determination
A set of project amendments for both the Long Range Regional Mobility Plan and FY 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program were adopted by the TPO Executive Board at their March 10, 2015 meeting. An air quality conformity determination for these amendments was required due to the Knoxville Region's current air quality attainment status with Federal Clean Air Act regulations. A presentation was provided by the TPO staff that gives an overview of the transportation planning requirements associated with meeting the Federal air quality regulations and the conformity analysis that was conducted by the TPO to demonstrate compliance of its transportation plans with those requirements. View the presentation here.
Attitudes Make a Difference with Walking/Biking Behavior
At their March meetings, the TPO's Technical Committee and Executive Board learned about the importance of attitudes and culture in implementing programs such as Safe Routes to School. Jerry Everett, who is the research director for UT's Center for Transportation Research, conducted the study for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He learned, among other things, that Tennessee parents are more likely to say that their families would not approve of their children walking to school, as compared with parents in more bicycle and pedestrian friendly communities. You can see his presentation here.
Pellissippi to Turkey Creek Greenway Study Under Way
The TPO is working on a small greenway study, an add-on to last year's study linking three existing greenways in West Knox County and Oak Ridge. The new study will determine a route from the Pellissippi Parkway Corridor to the existing greenway in Turkey Creek.
FHWA recently completed its update to the Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System, commonly known as BIKESAFE, to reflect the latest research and best practices surrounding designs for bicycle safety. The same website also offers PEDSAFE, which provides practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk. An online Countermeasure Selection Tool asks for simple input about a problem location and then provides a list of potential treatments and programs that could improve safety.