TDOT Proposes Another Solution to Ocoee Highway Problem

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CLEVELAND, TN (WDEF-TV & CLEVELAND DAILY NEWS)
TDOT is expected to announce new tunnel option for Highway 64/Corridor K project
The Tennessee Department of Transportation was scheduled to announce the addition of a new tunnel option for the U.S. 64/Corridor K project, the Cleveland Daily Banner has learned.
Studies have been ongoing for several years to determine the best way to alleviate the curvy roads and rockslide-prone problems that have plagued engineers and drivers alike.
The state’s transportation agency has been conducting studies on numerous social, cultural and natural resources in the project area to evaluate the potential impact of various alternatives.
This new option would include an approximately six-mile tunnel between State Route 30 (Grassy Creek Road) and Ocoee Powerhouse No. 3, or a series of shorter tunnels.
TDOT said the new option pertains primarily to the Ocoee Gorge area.
“The Tennessee Department of Transportation has already examined various improvement alternatives that meet the need for the project,” a draft of the preliminary environmental study states. “These are surface road options with, in some cases, short sections of tunnel.
“However, TDOT now wishes to consider options that include an approximate six-mile tunnel between SR-30 (Greasy Creek Road) and Ocoee Powerhouse No. 3 or a series of tunnels with daylighting in between tunnel segments. The general alignment of the tunnel options would improve existing U.S. 64 from the beginning of the project up to SR-30, then be on new location north of U.S. 64 through the Ocoee River Gorge, then tie back to the existing U.S 64 alignment just west of the Ocoee Whitewater Center and continue on the existing alignment to the end of the project in Ducktown.”

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