Pellissippi Parkway

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Pellissippi Parkway
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Length: 19.7 mi[1] (31.7 km)
Component
highways:
Major junctions
Western end: SR 62 at Solway
 
Current Eastern end: SR 33 in Eagleton Village
Highway system
SR 139 I-140.svg SR 140
SR 161 Tennessee 162.svg SR 163

The Pellissippi Parkway is a highway in Knox and Blount counties in Tennessee. It extends from Tennessee State Route 62 (Oak Ridge Highway) at Solway in Knox County to a terminus east of U.S. Route 129 (Alcoa Highway) in Blount County. The central portion of the Pellissippi Parkway is included in the Interstate Highway system and is designated Interstate 140 (I-140), while portions at either end (a 5.9-mile (9.5 km) long section in Knox County and a short section in Blount County) are designated SR 162, a north–south primary highway.

Route description[edit]

Pellissippi Parkway comprises I-140 and two sections of SR 162 that seamlessly extend from either end of the Interstate highway. The northern segment of SR 162 runs 5.9 miles (9.5 km) from SR 62 at Solway south to I-40 and I-75 in Knoxville.[2] I-140 has a length of 11.17 miles (17.98 km) from the junction with I-40 and I-75 to US 129 in Alcoa.[3][4] The southern segment of SR 162 begins at US 129 and runs 2.7 miles (4.3 km) to SR 33 within Alcoa.[5] Pellissippi Parkway from Solway to US 129 is a part of the National Highway System.[6] The predominant roadway configuration along the route is a four-lane divided cross-section.[7]

Solway to Knoxville[edit]

Pellissippi Parkway begins at SR 162's northern terminus at a directional interchange with SR 62 (Oak Ridge Highway) at the east end of the village of Solway on the east side of the Clinch River from Oak Ridge. There is no direct access from westbound SR 62 to the parkway. Pellissippi Parkway heads southeast as a partially controlled-access four-lane divided highway. The highway crosses Beaver Creek and has a four-ramp partial cloverleaf interchange with Hardin Valley Road, which leads to Pellissippi State Community College. Pellissippi Parkway has another partial cloverleaf interchange with SR 131 (Lovell Road).

The highway becomes a freeway at its last at-grade intersection just northwest of its partial cloverleaf interchange with Dutchtown Road. There, Pellissippi Parkway enters the western end of the city of Knoxville, expands to six lanes, and is paralleled on both sides by frontage roads south to the parkway's interchange with I-40 and I-75, where SR 162's northern segment ends and I-140 begins. That interchange is a cloverleaf interchange with a flyover ramp from southbound SR 162 toward eastbound I-40 and northbound I-75, which head concurrently toward downtown Knoxville.[1]

Knoxville to Alcoa[edit]

Pellissippi Parkway continues south through a partial cloverleaf interchange with Kingston Pike, which carries US 11 and US 70. South of Kingston Pike, the freeway passes along a sliver of the city of Knoxville that follows the freeway to the Tennessee River. Pellissippi Parkway crosses a Norfolk Southern Railway line and the Sinking Creek arm of Fort Loudon Lake ahead of its diamond interchange with Westland Drive. The freeway curves east within its diamond interchange with SR 332 (Northshore Drive); the interchange includes a ramp from the eastbound parkway to Town Center Boulevard. Pellissippi Parkway veers south onto a peninsula within a bend of the Tennessee River, then curves east again to cross the river, which forms the Knox–Blount county line.

At the east side of the river, Pellissippi Parkway enters the city of Alcoa, within which the highway remains to its eastern end. The freeway has a diamond interchange with SR 333 (Topside Road) and crosses a CSX rail line. Pellissippi Parkway curves southeast through a cloverleaf interchange with US 129 (Alcoa Highway), where I-140 ends and the southern segment of SR 162 begins. The freeway has an southbound-only exit for Cusick Road and crosses a Norfolk Southern rail line before reaching its terminus at a half-diamond interchange at SR 33 (Old Knoxville Road) in Eagleton Village.[1]

History[edit]

When first built, the Pellissippi Parkway was a four-lane divided highway in Knox County, extending from State Route 62 at Solway to an interchange with I-40/I-75 in western Knox County. The portion of Pellissippi Parkway from I-40/I-75 in Knox County to State Route 33 in Blount County was planned as part of the Better Roads Program of 1986, an initiative by then-governor Lamar Alexander to fund a backlog of needed road projects throughout the state.[citation needed] This part of the parkway was constructed in four sections beginning in 1987. The first section, which crosses the Tennessee River to connect Northshore Drive in Knox County with US 129 in Blount County, was completed in 1992, providing more efficient access to the McGhee Tyson Airport from Oak Ridge and Farragut. The Mabry Hood House, an antebellum home located on the south side of Kingston Pike, was demolished in the project to extend the Pellissippi Parkway south of I-40/I-75. The next section of the project, which opened in 1997, installed a new interchange with I-40/I-75 and provided a limited-access connection from that interchange to the Northshore Drive interchange. In 2003 a third section was opened in Blount County, extending from US 129 to Cusick Road, and the most recent section, from Cusick Road to Tennessee SR 33, opened in late 2005.[8] Plans call for extending the highway eastward about 4.4 miles (7.1 km) to U.S. Route 321 (Tennessee State Route 73) in Blount County.[9]

As of 2003, SR 162 was applied to an 5.9-mile (9.5 km) long route in Knox County; its southern terminus was with I-40 where I-140 begins, and its northern terminus was with State Route 62 at Solway. Additionally, as of 2005 the eastward highway extension of I-140 east of U.S. Route 129 (Alcoa Highway) in Blount County, Tennessee was signed as SR 162. Plans call for extending the highway eastward to U.S. Route 321 in Blount County, Tennessee.[9] Originally, the highway that is now designated as I-140 was designated SR 162 and Pellissippi Parkway. The state route designation was dropped when the central portion was accepted into the Interstate Highway system as I-140, but the entire route of SR 162 and I-140 from Solway to US 129 is still known as Pellissippi Parkway.

Origin of name[edit]

Pellissippi (also spelled "Pelisipi") appears on early maps as the name of the Clinch River. It is said to have been the Cherokees' name for the river and is said to mean "winding waters" in the Cherokee language.[10]

Future[edit]

A 4.4 mile extension project is underway in Blount County from SR 33 (Old Knoxville Highway) to a terminus at SR 73/US 321 East (Lamar Alexander Parkway) between Maryville & Walland. An exit is proposed at US 411 in Maryville. [11]

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi
[1]
km Exit Destinations Notes
Knox Solway 0.0 0.0 SR 62 (Oak Ridge Highway) – Oak Ridge, Knoxville Northern terminus of SR 162; directional interchange; no direct access from westbound SR 62 to southbound SR 162
2.4 3.9 Hardin Valley Road – Pellissippi State Community College Partial cloverleaf interchange
3.6 5.8 SR 131 (Lovell Road) – Tusculum College Partial cloverleaf interchange
Knoxville 4.6 7.4 Dutchtown Road Partial cloverleaf interchange
5.9 9.5 1 I-40 / I-75 – Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga Southern terminus of northern segment of SR 162; western terminus of I-140; split into exits 1C (I-40 east / I-75 north) and 1D (I-40 west / I-75 south) westbound; I-40/75 exits 376A-B
6.4 10.3 1 US 11 / US 70 (Kingston Pike) Split into exits 1A (US 11 north / US 70 east) and 1B eastbound (US 11 south / US 70 west)
8.8 14.2 3 Westland Drive
10.5 16.9 5 SR 332 (Northshore Drive) / Town Center Boulevard Access to Town Center Boulevard from eastbound I-140 only
Tennessee River 14.5–
14.8
23.3–
23.8
Bridge across Fort Loudon Lake
Blount Alcoa 15.6 25.1 9 SR 333 (Topside Road) – Louisville
17.0 27.4 11 A-B US 129 (Alcoa Highway) – Alcoa, Maryville, Knoxville Eastern terminus of I-140; northern terminus of southern segment of SR 162; split into exits 11A (south) and 11B (north)
17.7 28.5 Cusick Road Southbound exit and northbound entrance only, no exit number
Eagleton Village 19.7 31.7 14 SR 33 (Old Knoxville Highway) – Rockford, Maryville, Eagleton Village Current southern terminus of SR 162 and Pellissippi Parkway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Traffic[edit]

As of 2010, daily traffic counts on the Pellissippi Parkway corridor ranged from 29,500 to 65,400.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Google (2013-08-18). "Pellissippi Parkway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  2. ^ Google (2013-08-18). "Tennessee State Route 162 (northern section)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  3. ^ DeSimone, Tony (October 31, 2002). "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". FHWA Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  4. ^ Google (2013-08-18). "Interstate 140" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  5. ^ Google (2013-08-18). "Tennessee State Route 162 (southern section)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  6. ^ National Highway System: Knoxville, TN (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. October 1, 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  7. ^ a b Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (March 2013). "Knoxville Regional Transit Corridor Study Final Report" (PDF). pp. 10–11. 
  8. ^ U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and Tennessee Department of Transportation, Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Pellissippi Parkway Extension (SR 162), From SR 33 (Old Knoxville Highway) to US 321/SR 73/Lamar Alexander Parkway, Blount County, Tennessee, April 2010
  9. ^ a b "State Route 162 (Pellissippi Parkway Extension)". Tennessee Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Pellissippi State Story 1974-1998". Pellissippi State Community College. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013.  Note: The Cherokee origin of "Pellissippi" is questionable, as there is no “P” sound in the Cherokee syllabary (D. Ray Smith. "View of the Bear Creek Valley". Retrieved July 24, 2013. ).
  11. ^ https://news.tn.gov/node/11112

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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