Workers install signs on the Highway 66 widening project. The project is funded through the Recovery Act.
TDOT Keeping Motorists Informed with Highway 66 Web site and Twitter Page
KNOXVILLE – The most expensive highway project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Tennessee is now underway. Construction crews began widening a four mile section of Highway 66 in Sevier County Monday night, July 27.
When completed, the $38.7 million project will widen the existing highway from four lanes to six lanes including shoulders, curb and gutter and sidewalks, from Boyds Creek Highway (SR-338) to SR-448 in Sevierville. Highway 66, also known as the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway, is the main artery into the popular tourist destinations of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With over 9 million visitors last year, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country.