Interstate 140 Tennessee

Interstate 140 Tennessee
History
East End
West End

Overview

Interstate 140 is both the Pellissippi Parkway and Tennessee State Route 162. The suburban freeway angles southeast from SR 162 and I-40/75, west of Knoxville, to a bridge across the Tennessee River and SR 333 (Topside Road). The interstate designation ends at U.S. 129, while Pellissippi Parkway continues south as SR 162 to SR 33 near Alcoa.

The State Route 162 Pellissippi Parkway Extension will lengthen the highway southeast to U.S. 321. Providing part of a through route to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pellissippi Parkway will further improve traffic with the completion of Foothills Parkway from U.S. 321 southwest to U.S. 129. Maintained by the National Park Service (NPS), the 1.65 mile long gap in Foothills Parkway opened to the public on November 10, 2018. Costing $321 million, final paving for the 16-mile segment was funded by a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) VIII grant, the NPS Federal Lands Transportation Program and the state of Tennessee.12

The Tennessee IMPROVE Act signed on April 26, 2017 estimated $61 million for completion of Pellissippi Parkway Extension. A Record of Decision for the project was issued on August 31, 2017. Funds for right-of-way acquisition and staged construction were budgeted in the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) three year plan for Fiscal Year 2020.13

I-140/SR 162 - US 129 interchange design

Improvements underway for U.S. 129/SR 115 (Alcoa Highway) through Alcoa and Maryville include realigning the route onto a controlled access highway. The new corridor will branch south from the arterial route taking U.S. 129 southwest to McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) to a new cloverstack interchange to be built with I-140/SR 162 (Pellissippi Parkway). The existing cloverleaf interchange at Exit 11 will be subsequently removed, with the exception of a single exit ramp from Interstate 140 east. Right of Way acquisition for State Route 115 at Pellissippi Parkway was underway in 2020.

History

Interstate 140 was approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Special Committee on Route Numbering on June 13, 1992. The first portion of the freeway finished was a 6.6-mile segment including the Fort Loudoun Lake bridge. Traveling north from U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway) to Northside Drive, the section was completed December 4, 1992.4 The bridge and a stretch of freeway south to Wrights Ferry Road was completed in August 1990 but not opened to traffic. The second section of I-140 extended northward four miles to Kingston Pike (U.S. 11/70) on October 6, 1993.7.

The I-140 link with I-40/75 and SR 162 followed on December 16, 19968, though all ramps between the two freeways were not completed until Spring 1997. A 1.1-mile extension east from U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway) to Cusick Road opened by December 22, 1996.8

Work on the $11.7-million extension of SR 162 to Old Knoxville Highway (SR 33) began in 2000. It was finished on August 15, 2005.9 Interstate 140 was resurfaced between May and September 2004.3

Route Information

  • East End – Alcoa, TN

  • West End – Knoxville, TN

  • Mileage – 11.17

  • Cities – Knoxville, Alcoa

  • JunctionsI-40 I-75

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-140 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

SR 162 at Cusick Road - 2003
Construction for Pellissippi Parkway (SR 162) south from Cusick Road. 08/22/03

State Route 162 Pellissippi Parkway Extension

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) plans further extended Pellissippi Parkway southeast 4.38 miles to U.S. 321 east of Maryville.5 TDOT was set to commence with construction but never did due to a lawsuit filed by the Citizens Against the Pellissippi Parkway Extension (CAPPE) on June 7, 2002. CAPPE argued that TDOT had not completed an adequate Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the planned roadway. A federal judge agreed and placed an injunction against TDOT on July 17, 2002, halting construction activities.13

The U.S. District Court issued an order in August 2004 modifying its previous injunction, which allowed TDOT to reissue its environmental documents regarding SR 162 / Pellissippi Parkway. On September 27, 2004, TDOT announced the preparation of the environmental impact statement for the extension.4

Approval for the Pellissippi Parkway Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) followed on April 14, 2010 and the Final EIS (FEIS) on September 10, 2015. Alternate A was endorsed by the Maryville City Council on October 4, 2011 and the Alcoa City Commission on October 11, 2011. The Blount County Commission voted to send a recommendation for Alternate A on October 11 as well.10 The record of decision (ROD) for the project was signed by FHWA on August 31, 2017.

Highway Guides

East End US 129 Tennessee State Route 162 – Alcoa, Tennessee

East at US 129 Tennessee 162

I-140 east at US 129/SR 162 - Alcoa, TN

A cloverleaf interchange (Exits 11B/A) joins the east end of Interstate 140 with U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway) on the north side of Alcoa. 01/16/19

I-140 east at US 129/SR 162 - Alcoa, TN

Exit 11A departs from I-140 east for U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway) south. U.S. 129 travels four miles into Alcoa and six miles to the Blount County seat of Maryville. 01/16/19

I-140 east at US 129/SR 162 - Alcoa, TN

U.S. 129 concludes eight miles north from Exit 11B at Interstate 40 in Knoxville. 01/16/19

I-140 east at US 129/SR 162 - Alcoa, TN

An end shield for Interstate 140 stands ahead of the entrance ramp from U.S. 129 north to SR 162 south. SR 162 (Pellissippi Parkway) extends the freeway another 2.54 miles to SR 33 (Old Knoxville Highway). 01/16/19

I-140 east at US 129/SR 162 - 2003

The previous end shield posted within the exchange joining I-140/SR 162 with U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway). 08/23/03

Tennessee 162 North at US 129

SR 162 north at I-140/US 129 - Alcoa, TN

SR 162 (Pellissippi Parkway) leads northwest from SR 33 by the town of Rockford to become Interstate 140 at the exchange (Exit 11) with U.S. 129. 01/16/19

SR 162 north at I-140/US 129 - Alcoa, TN

The southern segment of SR 162 concludes along Pellissippi Parkway as I-140 west takes over from U.S. 129. 01/16/19

SR 162 north at I-140/US 129 - Alcoa, TN

Exit 11A follows for U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway) south to Alcoa. Interstate 140 advances north to SR 333 (Topside Road) and the bridge spanning the Tennessee River. 01/16/19

US 129 North at

US 129 north at I-140 - Alcoa, TN

U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway) northbound at the loop ramp for Interstate 140 west. Photo by Chris Patriarca (07/12/03).

US 129 South at

US 129 south at I-140 - Alcoa, TN

U.S. 129 (Alcoa Highway) south reaches the westbound entrance ramp for Interstate 140 toward Oak Ridge. 11/08/09

West End I-40 I-75 Tennessee State Route 162 – west Knoxville, Tennessee

West at I-40 I-75 Tennessee 162

I-140 west at I-40/75 - Knoxville, TN

The last mainline interchange along I-140 connects with U.S. 11/70 (Kingston Pike). The commercial arterial parallels I-40/75 west to the town of Farragut and east to West Town Mall in Knoxville. 11/08/09

I-140 west at I-40/75 - Knoxville, TN

I-40 east / I-75 north overlap 8.7 miles east from Interstate 140 into Knoxville. The two separate at Marble City ahead of Downtown. 11/08/09

I-140 west at I-40/75 - Knoxville, TN

Crossing over Parkside Drive, I-140 (Pellissippi Parkway) enters the three quarter cloverleaf interchange with I-40/75. 11/08/09

I-140 west at I-40/75 - Knoxville, TN

Interstate 140 concludes just past Exit 1D for I-40 west to Nashville and I-75 south to Chattanooga. Pellissippi Parkway (SR 162) extends north along a controlled access expressway to Solway and SR 62. 11/08/09

East at I-40 I-75

I-140 east at I-40/75 - Knoxville, TN

SR 162 (Pellissippi Parkway) southbound transitions into Interstate 140 east leading into the exchange with I-40/75. 01/16/19

I-140 east at I-40/75 - Knoxville, TN

Two lanes separate from Interstate 140 east for I-40/75. SR 162 emerges from I-140 in 12.2 miles along Pellissippi Parkway in Alcoa. I-40/75 combine for 17 miles between Eaton Crossroad and I-640 in Knoxville. 01/16/19

I-40 West I-75 South at Tennessee 162

I-40/75 west at I-140/SR 162 - Knoxville, TN

0.75 miles ahead of the collector distributor roadway (Exit 376) for Interstate 140 and SR 162. 06/25/12

I-40/75 west at I-140/SR 162 - Knoxville, TN

Exit 376 separates from the I-40/75 westbound mainline for SR 162 north toward Oak Ridge and I-140 east toward Maryville. 06/25/12

I-40/75 west at I-140/SR 162 - Knoxville, TN

I-40 west and I-75 south continue with four lanes through the exchange with I-140 and SR 162 (Pellissippi Parkway). Interstate 75 travels 91 miles southwest to I-24 at Chattanooga. I-40 combines with I-24 west through Nashville in 163 miles. 06/25/12

I-40/75 west at I-140/SR 162 - Knoxville, TN

Traffic partitions with a two-lane ramp (Exit 376A) for SR 162 (Pellissippi Parkway) north. SR 162 travels 5.89 miles northwest to SR 62 by Melton Hill Lake. 06/25/12

I-40/75 west at I-140/SR 162 - Knoxville, TN

Exit 367B loops onto I-140 (Pellissippi Parkway) east to Alcoa and Maryville. 06/25/12

Sources:

  1. Fred Corum, Regional Director TDOT
  2. “Beltway OK’d.” Knoxville News, November 11, 2003.
  3. I-140/Pellissippi Parkway Advisory (Press Release from Tennessee Department of Transportation dated May 5, 2004)
  4. TDOT Takes Next Step in Pellissippi Parkway Extension Project: Environmental Impact Statement is being prepared (Press Release from Tennessee Department of Transportation dated September 27, 2004)
  5. “Traffic Travels Over New Part of Pellissippi more than 1,500 Cars an Hour Figured.” Knoxville News Sentinel, December 5, 1992.
  6. “Pellissippi Parkway Extension Eventuallly will Link three ET Counties.” Knoxville News-Sentinel, October 28, 1990.
  7. “New Portion of Pellissippi Parkway Opens.” Knoxville News-Sentinel, October 7, 1993.
  8. “Pellissippi Parkway Link Opens.” Knoxville News-Sentinel, December 18, 1996.
  9. “Alcoa Highway TO Cusick Road Stretch Opens.” Knoxville News-Sentinel, December 22, 1996.
  10. “Pellissippi extension to open.” Daily Times, The (Maryville, TN), August 9, 2005.
  11. “Alcoa backs Pellissippi Extension Alternate A.” Daily Times, The (Maryville, TN), October 12, 2011.
  12. “‘Missing Link’ to open 52 years after construction began on Foothills Parkway.” WBIR (Knoxville, TN), October 25, 2018.
  13. “Federal Highway Administration approves route for Pellissippi Parkway Extension.” The Daily Times (Maryville, TN), September 12, 2017.

Page updated August 19, 2020.