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9/2/2010 Comment Letter from WaysSouth, the Southern Appalachian Forest Commission, and the Southern Environmental Law Center to TDOT on US 64/Corridor K from West of Ocoee River to SR 68 near Ducktown; Polk County, Tennessee (pdf)
4/29/2011 Comment Letter from WaysSouth, the Southern Appalachian Forest Commission, the Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Wilderness Society regarding Corridor K in Polk County, Tennessee (pdf)
The map below shows the routes that TDOT is considering for Corridor K in relation to the National Forest, Wilderness, and water resources they could affect.
Below is a series of maps from the Transportation Planning Report with more detailed depictions of each of the options TDOT is considering, including Option 1, the no-build option (all images link to pdfs).
View from the Trail: Hikers observe route too steep for Corridor K
On a cold, snowy morning that eventually gave way to beautiful spring day, the hikers took to the Rock Creek and Dry Pond Lead Trails for about 7.5 miles. Afterwards, they drove the Kimsey Highway, a dirt Forest Service road that climbs steeply and by a circuitous route up and across the mountains north of Little Frog Wilderness. They came in from the East and Tennessee 68 (Harbuck).
One of the hikers, Will Skelton, wrote the following: “We were absolutely astounded that anyone would think a road should (or even could) be build up the mountain from the east. It would have to ascend a very steep and high mountain wall, then descend and cross numerous valleys as the mountains and ridges are generally running north and south, while the road would run east to west. I understand a big proponent of the road, always takes people in from the western end at Greasy Creek (TN 30), where the climb is more gradual. And that the steepness of this eastern side of the mountains is why TDOT rejected the route four years ago.”
Photos from the hike are available at this website. They show the precipitous nature of the Kimsey Highway, and how high up it goes (one of the photos has a red circle; the next photo shows, via telephoto, what’s within that circle way down in the valley below).