Transportation

State Route 16 in Franklin County Reopened

Thursday, May 09, 2013 | 03:56 pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – State Route 16 (Rowe Gap Road/Keith Springs Mtn.) in Franklin County has reopened to traffic.  The roadway had been closed near log mile 17.7 as a result of a rockslide that occurred on March 25, 2013.

Now that the roadway is open to traffic, work will resume on the $2.4 million TDOT rockfall mitigation project that was underway on a nearby stretch of SR 16 when the March rockslide occurred.  Highways, Inc. is the contractor for the project, which is slated for completion by August 31, 2013.

Rockslide Closes State Route 25 in Smith County

Thursday, May 09, 2013 | 12:12 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is continuing to monitor a rockslide that has shut down both northbound and southbound lanes on State Route 25 (Dixon Springs Highway) in Carthage. The rockslide occurred near the Cumberland River Overlook and south of Massey Road shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday morning. 

TDOT’s SmartWay Application Reaches 100,000 Downloads

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 | 11:40 am

NASHVILLE – More than 100,000 users have downloaded the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) SmartWay Mobile App since its launch in December 2012. The App is designed to help drivers navigate Tennessee highways, providing up-to-the-minute customized traffic information. The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android.

“Providing real time traffic information can help motorists avoid delays and in turn, reduce congestion on our roadways,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “The Smartway App is easy to navigate, and can be customized to provide only the information the user wants. We’re pleased so many travelers are taking advantage of this free resource.”

Tennessee Ranks as 2nd Bike Friendliest State in the Southeast

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 | 09:18 am

State Rankings Recognize TDOT’s Efforts to Be More Bicycle Friendly

NASHVILLE – In honor of National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has released its latest Bicycle Friendly States (BFS) ranking. In the sixth annual assessment, Tennessee ranked 2nd in the southeast region, while placing 17th nationally. Tennessee has improved its national ranking from 26th in 2012.

“With all the competing transportation needs we have, Tennessee is proud to be making gains in the area of bicycle friendliness,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer. “The network of bike lanes across the state is growing each and every year and we will continue to dedicate funding for important programs such as Safe Routes to School.”

TDOT Announces Projects for May Bid Letting

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | 11:36 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has released the list of projects open for bidding May 24, 2013.

TDOT will open bids on a total of 97 contracts, including 182 projects in 77 counties. TDOT will initiate a number of resurfacing projects and other maintenance projects such as attenuator repair, pavement joint stabilization, and pavement crack sealing.

Governor and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for 2013-2016

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 02:40 pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today released the three-year transportation program, featuring approximately $1.5 billion in infrastructure investments for 80 individual project phases in 47 counties, as well as 15 statewide programs.

Tennessee is one of only five states that do not borrow money to fund transportation projects, and the program continues TDOT’s “pay as you go” philosophy, carrying no debt for any transportation initiatives.

TDOT Commissioner to Speak on Future of U.S. 27 in Chattanooga, Hamilton County

Monday, April 15, 2013 | 10:39 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – TDOT Commissioner John Schroer will visit with local officials on-site near the U.S. 27 project in Chattanooga, Tennessee to discuss the future of the U.S. 27 corridor.  Media are invited to attend.

Commissioner Schroer will be near the current U.S. 27 project at the River Point Condominiums on Whitehall Road on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

TDOT Reminds Motorists: We’re All in This Together

Monday, April 15, 2013 | 09:24 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today proclaimed April 15-19, 2013 Work Zone Awareness Week in Tennessee, joining states across the nation in highlighting the complexities of work zones and reminding motorists to drive safely in construction areas. TDOT will spread that message across the state this week in an effort to improve safety in Tennessee’s interstate and highway construction and maintenance work zones. 

“As we head into the busy construction season, motorists will encounter more maintenance workers, utility personnel, and construction workers on Tennessee’s roadways,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “I want to remind all drivers to stay alert and focused and exercise caution and patience when driving through work zones across the state. Doing so will help ensure everyone stays safe.”

SR 16 in Franklin County to Remain Closed for Approximately Two More Weeks

Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 12:53 pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – SR 16 (Rowe Gap Road/Keith Springs Mtn.) in Franklin County will remain closed near log mile 17.7 as clean-up continues from a rockslide that occurred on Monday, March 25, 2013.  Originally it was thought that the roadway could safely be reopened to traffic by April 12, 2013, but unforeseen events have pushed the schedule back by two weeks.

Governor’s Highway Safety Office Partners with Law Enforcement

Monday, April 08, 2013 | 12:06 pm

Nashville, Tenn. – In an effort to save lives on Tennessee’s roadways, local law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force beginning April 12 through April 15, and from April 19 through April 22, as part of the “More Cops. More Stops.” campaign to crack down on drivers who are speeding, driving while under the influence or distracted, or not wearing seat belts.