State Route 71 (US 441) Chapman Highway Improvements

Knox and Sevier Counties

Overview

The proposed improvements for State Route 71 (US 441) Chapman Highway in Knox and Sevier Counties follow the existing alignment and consist of widening the existing roadway to five lanes (two lanes in each direction with a dedicated center turn lane), except for the section between Tittsworth Springs to White School Road in Sevier County, which will be transformed into a three-lane cross section with dedicated passing lanes and paved shoulders. The concept for this seven-mile stretch has been presented to local officials and law enforcement to gauge interest in the project, but funding has not yet been identified. The remaining portions of the roadway are in various stages of development.

Purpose and Need

The proposed projects are intended to address the immediate safety needs of the corridor. 

Proposed Design

Due to the significant size of the project, the proposed improvements will be separated into four smaller sections or phases.

  • from Macon Lane to State Route 338 (Boyds Creek Highway)
    • widen the existing four-lane roadway to a five-lane roadway with a center turn lane
  • from Evans Road to Burnett Lane
    • widen the existing four-lane roadway to a five-lane roadway with a center turn lane
  • from south of Simpson Road to Hendron Chapel Road in Knoxville
    • widen the existing four-lane roadway to a five-lane roadway with a center turn lane
  • from south of Foothills Road to Whites School Road in Sevier County (7.2 miles)
    • resurfacing to transform the existing four-lane roadway into a three-lane cross section with dedicated passing lanes and paved shoulders


                   Video: Chapman Highway from Foothills Road to Whites School Road (7.2 miles)
                                          Paving completed as of November 2, 2016