The construction of the Norris Project incurred 16,977,720 man hours of labor. During the construction 8 men lost thier lives, and 962 suffered injuries. The project relocated 2,899 families and caused the removal of 5,226 gravesites. Some of the materials used to build the dam are 1,002,300 cubic yards of concrete, and 225,889 bags of grouting for the foundation.
Norris has the largest flood control storage of any TVA dam on a tributary of the Tennessee - at normal maximum pool the reservoir holds 2,040,000 acre feet of water. Norris' two hydroelectric generators turned out the first TVA electric power in the eastern end of the Tennessee Valley and the transmission line from Norris to the Wilson dam provided the first elements of the distribution system that later spread through most of the valley and beyond.