New road could speed up new Sevier County interchange

Access Road set for Dumplin Creek property in Kodak. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

KODAK, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevierville Board of Mayor and Alderman have approved a request for millions of dollars to build a new connecting road to a possible new interchange with Interstate 40.

Joe Fielden is working to buy the Dumplin Creep property at Interstate 40 and Hwy 66 in Sevier County. He hopes for an all new shopping area similar to Turkey Creek in Knoxville.

Monday night, Sevierville approved to apply for two Local Interstate Connector (LIC) grants, each worth $2m which would be matched by the city. The new road would run through the Dumplin Creep property and connect Bryan Road with Highway 66.

"It'll take you through the development, that willl be the access road, to what we hope in the long term plan is an Exit 408," said Fielden. "It's important that we do it right and we've been in contact with the people in Sevierville and we want to be a good partner with them."

Right now the connector isn't scheduled to be completed until 2024, but with 40 million cars a year passing through the 407 interchange, people in Sevier County hope the road will speed up the process of a new interchange. Plans call for the 408 interchange to connect in Sevierville with Veterans Boulevard.

If all is approved, developers plan to start construction on the new access road this fall. Fielden says details are still being worked out to get the project started again.

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