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Fentress County Public Meeting

SR-28 (US-127) Improvement Project
February 15, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm CST


February 15, 2018

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm CST


South Fentress Elementary School 5018 Wilder Road Grimsley, Tennessee 38565

NEPA Powerpoint (PDF)

Design Powerpoint (PDF)

Transcript (PDF)

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) intends to host a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)/ Design public meeting for the proposed SR-28 (US 127) improvements project, which begins at Little Road and ends at the improved four-lane section approximately three miles north of Grimsley in Fentress County, Tennessee. Additionally, this meeting will give notice of the Federal Highway Administration’s intent to file a Determination of Section 4(f) de minimis use related to minor project impacts associated with South Fentress Community Park. The public meeting will also provide the public the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed Section 4(f) de minimis determination.

The meeting is to be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at:

South Fentress Elementary School

5018 Wilder Road

Grimsley, Tennessee 38565

Attendees will have the opportunity to view the project displays followed by a presentation given at 5:15 PM.  Following the presentation, a question-and-answer session will be held and then an opportunity for attendees to view displays and speak with TDOT officials one-on-one.

An Environmental Assessment (EA) was approved for the proposed project in 2010. As identified in the approved EA, under Alternative A (Build Alternative), the typical section was to be widened from an existing two-lane facility to a four- or five-lane roadway. However, since the approval of the EA, the project has undergone several design modifications which led to a change in Alternative A’s (Build Alternative) typical section configuration. As currently proposed, the project would widen the existing roadway to a three-lane section consisting of two 12-foot travel lanes, a 12-foot center turn lane, passing lanes in various locations, eight-foot shoulders and roadside ditches. The total project length is approximately 8.6 miles.  Due to the design modifications and the expected level of environmental impact, TDOT is now developing a D-List Categorical Exclusion with termini from Little Road to the improved four-lane section approximately three miles north of Grimsley.

This meeting will request public input for the environmental document, current design of the roadway improvements, and proposed Section 4(f) de minimis determination. Anyone with questions regarding this meeting should contact:

Mrs. Holly Cantrell

Tennessee Department of Transportation

505 Deaderick Street

Nashville, Tennessee 37243


Persons with a disability, who require aids or services to participate at the meeting, may contact Ms. Margaret Mahler at the following address no later than 10 days prior to the date of the meeting:

Ms. Margaret Mahler                                          or by email:                     

TDOT ADA Compliance                                                                                           615-741-4984 (phone)

Suite 400, James K. Polk Building                                                                         615-532-5995 (fax)

505 Deaderick Street                                                                                              615-253-8311 TTY Relay

Nashville, Tennessee 37243


All comments received at the meeting or within the specified comment period will be included in the official meeting transcript. A court reporter will be available to receive oral statements. In addition, comment cards are available for those who prefer to make written statements. Written statements and other exhibits may be submitted by March 8, 2018, by email to, reference SR-28 (US 127) Improvements, or by mail to the following address:

Public Meeting/Section 4(f) De Minimis Comments

Attn: State Route 28 (U.S. Highway 127) Improvements

Tennessee Department of Transportation

Suite 700, James K. Polk Building

505 Deaderick Street

Nashville, TN  37243-0332

TDOT is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, religion, color, disability or national origin.


In the event of inclement weather that results in the closure of city and county schools, the meeting will be postponed.