In his presentation, Eric discussed ADA Transition Plans, which are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). TDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) encourage local governments that do not have ADA Transition Plans to create them. FHWA staff have shared some tools to help local governments with their ADA Transition Plans:
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.
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
TDOT Region 1
7345 Region Lane
Knoxville, TN 37914
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.
For area realtors, bankers and land developers, traffic count information is equally important when analyzing locations for investment and marketing.
With the recent release of traffic counts collected in 2014, retrieval of multi-year histories of average daily traffic is now a point and click operation. The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization has developed a web-based map application that delivers several years of data for hundreds of traffic count stations on area roadways.
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.
Open Streets Knoxville, hosted by Bike Walk Knoxville and with support from the City of Knoxville and Knoxville Regional TPO, aims to promote physical activity and community interaction during this free event. This international initiative promotes healthy living, local businesses and sustainable transportation in cities.
From 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 25, Central Street will be closed to motorized vehicles from Willow Street to Oklahoma Avenue. The event will feature kids’ activities, free exercise classes and opportunities for the public to learn and engage in healthful activities. Attendees can try their hand at Zumba or yoga, or peacefully stroll the street while enjoying live music and street performers. The family-friendly event will be stroller- and bicycle-friendly – just no cars!
Organizers currently are asking for sponsors and donations from members of the community to help make Open Streets Knoxville a huge success. For more information on donating or sponsoring, visit IOBY.org or Open Streets Knoxville.
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.
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.