State Route 34 (US 11E)

Hamblen County

Overview

The proposed improvements for State Route 34 (US 11E), from SR 32 (US 25E) to Steadman Road in Hamblen County, includes widening or realignment of the existing roadway.

Purpose and Need

SR 34 connects SR 32 (US 25E) in Hamblen County and I-81 in Greene County.  The existing roadway between SR 32 (US 25E) and Steadman Road is a two-lane, rural arterial route. The proposed project will widen the existing roadway to a five-lane facility or realign the two-lane roadway, depending on location. Construction will increase the number of lanes and/or increase lane and shoulder widths and improve route deficiencies. The planned improvements are designed to improve safety, address congestion, and accommodate future growth in the area.

Design

Due to the size of the project, improvements to SR 34 have been divided into three smaller sections or phases.

  • from SR 32 (US 25E) in Morristown to near East Morris Boulevard
    • five-lane roadway
      • two 12-foot travel lanes in each direction
      • continuous center turn lane
  • from near East Morris Boulevard to west of Old Stagecoach Road in Russellville
    • two-lane roadway on new alignment
      • one 12-foot travel lane in each direction
      • 12-foot shoulders
  • from west of Old Stagecoach Road in Russellville to Steadman Road
    • two-lane roadway on new alignment
      • one 12-foot travel lane in each direction
      • 12-foot shoulders

NOTE: Improvements to SR 34 were initially studied by TDOT in a 1999 Advanced Planning Report at the request of state representatives. The APR evaluated 14.2 miles of the corridor, between SR 32 and I-81, in Hamblen, Hawkins, and Greene Counties. The section of SR 34 not included in this project, from Steadman Road to I-81, has not been designed and is currently unfunded.