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Resource Team/TEER Meeting

Resource Team/TEER Meeting. October 19, 2006. Agenda. 10:00 AM 10:05 AM 10:30 AM 11:30 AM Noon. Introductions and Housekeeping Follow-up Issues Phase I Updates Review TEER Document Update Open Discussion Adjourn. Opening Comments. Introductions Housekeeping Other. Follow-up.

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Resource Team/TEER Meeting

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  1. Resource Team/TEER Meeting October 19, 2006

  2. Agenda 10:00 AM 10:05 AM 10:30 AM 11:30 AM Noon Introductions and Housekeeping Follow-up Issues Phase I Updates Review TEER Document Update Open Discussion Adjourn

  3. Opening Comments • Introductions • Housekeeping • Other

  4. Follow-up • Phase I Updates • Items Completed • Wall Painting • Median Construction • Paving and pavement markings • Signage added for wildlife crossings • Project Closeout • Contractor complete

  5. Follow-up • Phase I Updates • Landscaping • Design work complete • City of Gatlinburg to open bids mid November • City of Gatlinburg landscape contractor to reach substantial completion by end May 2007

  6. Review • US 321, SR 73 Improvements (Phase II) • Concept I • Extension of Phase I improvements • 4 Lane with raised landscaped median • Constant roadway width • Concept II • Bifurcated/variable width median alignment • Existing lanes to become eastbound US-321 • New alignment to be built for westbound US-321

  7. TEER Document • Draft Tennessee Environmental Evaluation Report (TEER) Document complete • Sent to agencies for concurrence as part of the Tennessee Interagency Agreement (TIA) • Mailed on August 10, 2006 • Concurrence due back September 25, 2006 (45 days) • Sent to CBRT for review and comment

  8. TEER Document • TEER Document Table of Contents • Summary • Purpose and Need • Alternatives • Concept I • Concept II • Concept IIa • No-Build Alternative • Impacts • Public Involvement

  9. TEER Document • Why was Concept IIa created? • Concept IIa was created to avoid relocating Greenbriar Cove Road on GSMNP land • Concept II was slightly revised to create Concept IIa • In the original designs of Concepts I and II, the current and proposed locations of Greenbriar Cove Road were on an archaeological site potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places

  10. TEER Document • Subsequent Concept IIa findings • Since Concept IIa was created, TDOT’s Design Office acknowledged that a design exception would be possible to allow the Greenbriar Cove Road to remain in place on GSMNP property • Since there is no construction proposed on Federal land (GSMNP) the NEPA process is not triggered • The NPS requested that Concept IIa remain as a build alternative

  11. TEER Document

  12. TEER Document

  13. TEER Document • TEER Next Steps • Consolidate comments on Draft TEER from Resource Agencies and incorporate into document • Obtain TDOT approval for Draft TEER • Make approved Draft TEER document available for public review (30 days minimum) • Area libraries • City Hall • TDOT website • Conduct Public Hearing (date TBD) • Accept Public Hearing comments for 21 days after the Public Hearing

  14. TEER Document • TEER Next Steps (continued) • Summarize Public Hearing comments • Resource Team makes FINAL RECOMMENDATION • TDOT selects preferred alternative • Prepare Final TEER • Begin preliminary engineering

  15. TEER Document • Questions or comments on the Draft TEER?

  16. TEER Document/Process • Estimated Schedule end Nov 2006 Jan 2007 mid Feb 2007 TBD 2007 TBD 2007 TBD 2007 TBD 2007 Public Hearing Summarize Public Hearing Comments Finalize CBRT recommendation to TDOT TDOT selection of the Preferred Alternative Preparation of the Final TEER Address fourth concurrence point with agencies TDOT approval and distribution of Final TEER

  17. All Attendees Open Discussion

  18. Adjourn

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