Pigeon Forge Roadway Stream Encapsulations, Channel Relocations, and Wetland and Floodplain Fill
Sevier County, Tennessee
On January 8, 2009, TVA issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for proposed improvements to Teaster Lane and Jake Thomas Road in Pigeon Forge, Sevier County, Tennessee. The City of Pigeon Forge proposes to extend Jake Thomas Road, widen Teaster Lane, expand the intersection at Teaster Lane and Jake Thomas Road, and create a parking facility as part of its regional plan to address traffic problems in the city.
The proposed work would impact approximately 7,228 feet (6,291 feet of culvert and 937 feet of relocated channel) of several unnamed tributaries to the West Prong Little Pigeon River. Additionally, approximately 0.47 acre of wetlands would be lost in three areas: 0.20 acre by the widening of Teaster Lane; 0.12 acre by the construction of the regional parking facility; and a 0.15-acre section of a larger wetland area by the construction of the parking facility. These stream modifications and fill in the floodplain require approval by TVA under Section 26a of the TVA Act and approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. TVA cooperated with the Corps in the preparation of an environmental assessment (EA) of the proposed action and adopted this EA. The FONSI and EA are presented below.
For more information or a printed copy of the documents, contact:
Stanford E. Davis, Senior NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-632-2915; Fax: 865-632-3451