Sevier County awarded TDOT air quality grants for traffic flow, upgrades

By: WVLT staff Email
By: WVLT staff Email
The lines of traffic headed into Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are especially long in summer and fall.

Air quality is being studied in East Tennessee. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

Grant Details

City of Sevierville and partner City of Pigeon Forge: $445,750 grant for a Traffic Flow Improvement Project which will include implementation of a Traffic Responsive Signal System; upgrading and retiming of forty-one signalized intersections along sixteen-miles of the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway (I-40 exit 407 to SR66/US441 intersection). The project will improve air quality by reducing traffic delays and vehicle idling. The project is 100% CMAQ funded. 
City of Gatlinburg: $188,000 to replace an existing 2003 diesel-powered trolley with a new CNG trolley to transport visitors in the Gatlinburg area. Gatlinburg will also contribute $47,000 to the project.
SCUD and project partner Blalock and Sons: $103,200 for SCUD to replace five diesel powered trucks with five new CNG trucks; convert one diesel powered dump truck to dual fuel (CNG & diesel); and Blalock and Sons will replace a gasoline powered truck with a CNG truck.
SCUD will contribute $323,000 in new vehicles and Blalock and Sons will contribute $62,800 for a new vehicle purchase.  


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The lines of traffic headed into Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg can seem especially long in summer and fall.

All three cities are getting a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation that may go towards fixing that.

A TDOT clean air grant will give Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, the Sevier County Utility District and construction group Blalock and Sons each a share of a $700,000 award.

The grants are funded by a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

Sevierville and Pigeon Forge will put the money towards reducing idling times and traffic delays along the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway (I-40 Exit 407 to the intersection of SR66/US441).

Gatlinburg plans to replace a diesel-powered trolley with a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) trolley, and the Severville Utility District will replace five diesel trucks with CNG trucks. Blalock and Sons plans to convert one truck to dual diesel/CNG and replace another diesel truck with a CNG truck.

The air quality grants are funded via the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement.

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