State Route 71 (US 441/Chapman Highway)

from Hendron Chapel Road to Simpson Road widening - Knox County


The project along State Route 71 (US 441/Chapman Highway), from Hendron Chapel Road to Simpson Road in Knox County, includes widening the existing roadway to add a center turn lane, constructing eight (8) retaining walls, and resurfacing the roadway along the approximately 1.0-mile stretch.

This project is part of a larger effort to improve the safety and efficiency of the Chapman Highway corridor in Knox, Blount, and Sevier Counties. Due to the significant size of the overall project, the proposed improvements have been separated into six smaller sections or phases. To read more about all improvements to the corridor, visit the Chapman Highway project website.

Purpose and Need

Chapman Highway is a major connection between Knoxville and Sevierville, accommodating commercial and residential traffic. Increased growth and development along the corridor, and the resulting high volume of traffic, have resulted in negative safety and capacity issues.

The proposed improvements are intended to reduce crashes and address the immediate safety needs of the heavily-traveled corridor.