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.