State Route 71 (US 441, Chapman Highway)

Knox, Blount, and Sevier Counties

TDOT released its 10-Year Project Plan on December 18. Project information included on this webpage is subject to change.

Originally built in the 1930s, State Route 71 (US 411, Chapman Highway) is an undivided highway, accommodating commercial and residential traffic and providing a major connection between Knoxville and Sevierville. Increased growth and development along the corridor, and the resulting high volume of traffic, have resulted in safety and capacity issues.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is working to improve SR 71 across more than 17 miles in Knox, Blount, and Sevier Counties. The improvements, which have been divided into six smaller projects, are intended to address safety needs of the corridor and include widening, intersection improvements, and other roadway enhancements designed to reduce crashes and increase safety. Four phases have been completed. The fifth out of sixth phases of the Chapman Highway improvements project is currently under construction. The sixth and final phase will advance through the project development process as funding is identified.

Current Status: October 3, 2023

Work on the new water line has moved to Simpson Road and is progressing North. The new gas line has been installed to Simpson Road. Once connected at Simpson Road final services and bores can be installed. Grading began between STA 398+00RT to STA 401+50RT. Temporary stabilization has taken hold near Bower Fields and Wall 1.

Estimated construction start: 2016 (start of the entire project)

Estimated completion*: 2025

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History and Background

Due to the significant size of the corridor, the proposed improvements have been separated into six smaller sections or phases:

From near Blount Avenue in Knoxville to near SR 338 (Boyds Creek Highway) in Seymour (10.3 mi)

Intersection improvements and widening at various locations within the project limits

Intersection at SR 168 (John Sevier Highway) in Knoxville

Intersection improvements, including signalization

From Evans Road to Burnett Lane in Knoxville (0.9 mi)

Widen the existing four-lane roadway to a five-lane roadway with a center turn lane

From Macon Lane to State Route 338 (Boyds Creek Highway) in Seymour (1.18 mi)

Widen the existing four-lane roadway to a five-lane roadway with a center turn lane

From Foothills Drive in Seymour to Fred King Lane in Sevierville (7.15 mi)

Reconstruct and resurface the existing four-lane roadway to a three-lane roadway with dedicated passing lanes and paved shoulders to accommodate turn lanes

From Hendron Chapel Road to south of Simpson Road in Knoxville (0.98 mi)

Widen the existing four-lane roadway to a five-lane roadway with a center turn lane

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Public Involvement and Engagement

Various public meetings were held between 2012-2016.

Section from Hendron Chapel Road to south of Simpson Road

April 21, 2016

General Location Map (pdf)
Public Meeting Transcript (pdf)

Section from Evans Road to Burnett Lane

March 19, 2014

Public Meeting Presentation (pdf)
Public Meeting Exhibit 1 (pdf)
Public Meeting Exhibit 2 (pdf)

December 6, 2013

Public Meeting Presentation (pdf)
Public Meeting Exhibit 1 (pdf)
Public Meeting Exhibit 2 (pdf)

Section from Macon Lane to State Route 338 (Boyds Creek Highway)

October 4, 2012

Public Meeting Presentation (pdf)
Public Meeting Color Exhibit (pdf)

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Project Imagery & Visuals

Video: Chapman Highway from Foothills Road to Whites School Road (7.2 miles) Paving completed in 2016

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Key Project Milestones

 

Knox County
From near Blount Avenue to near SR 338 (Boyds Creek Highway) Under development
Unknown (not identified for funding in TDOT's 10-Year Project Plan)
Intersection at SR 168 (John Sevier Highway)
Completed June 2016
From Hendron Chapel Road to Simpson Road
Construction Estimated 2025
Knox and Blount Counties
From Evans Road to Burnett Lane
Completed  
Sevier County
From Macon Lane to SR 338 (Boyds Creek Highway)
Completed August 2023
From Foothills Drive to Fred King Lane
Completed December 2016

Project Contacts

Stacy Weaver (Project Manager)
TDOT Region 1
Stacy.Weaver@tn.gov

Mark Nagi (Media Contact)
TDOT Region 1 Community Relations Officer
Mark.Nagi@tn.gov
865-594-0161