Building Maintenance to Impact TDOT Web Services

Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 01:34 pm

NASHVILLE – Emergency maintenance will be performed this weekend on the James K. Polk Building in downtown Nashville, which houses the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) headquarters offices. This maintenance will cause outages to many TDOT web-based services.

The maintenance window is expected to occur between 3:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday, May 19, 2013. During this time, the TDOT website, Tennessee 511, and the TDOT SmartWay mobile application will be unavailable. These services will resume at noon on Sunday.

SR-56 Hurricane Bridge over Caney Fork River in DeKalb County to Close for Approximately 20 Hours

Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 12:56 pm

Closure Necessary to Replace Bearing Pin on Bridge Pier

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract crews will close the Hurricane Bridge on State Route 56 over the Caney Fork River in DeKalb County to all traffic on Friday, May 17 beginning at 8:00 p.m. for approximately 20 hours.  The closure is necessary to allow the contractor to perform structural work that cannot be done with traffic driving on the bridge.

The work is weather dependent.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent this work from occurring as scheduled, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible.

Crews to Perform Traffic Shift on U.S. 27 South in Chattanooga, Hamilton County

Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 09:48 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Weather permitting, beginning on Friday evening, May 17, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. EDT and ending by 7:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday morning, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract crews will perform a traffic shift to move traffic to the newly-constructed southbound traffic lanes.  During the traffic shift, the southbound Manufacturer’s Road ramps will require periodic and possibly extended closures during the night to prepare for the new traffic pattern. 

Once completed, traffic will shift from the previously-closed Whitehall Road slip ramp to the Manning Street Bridge.  The new southbound entrance and exit ramps at Manufacturer’s Road will also be opened with a new traffic signal in place.

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for Seven Tennessee Airports

Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 09:14 am

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that state aeronautics grants totaling $316,650 have been approved for seven Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include:

Clarksville (Montgomery County) – Outlaw Field

Lebanon (Wilson County) – Lebanon Municipal Airport
Knoxville (Knox County) – McGhee Tyson Airport

Smyrna (Rutherford County) – Smyrna Airport
Lafayette (Macon County) – Lafayette Municipal Airport

Tullahoma (Coffee County) – Tullahoma Regional Airport
Waverly (Humphreys County) – Humphreys County Airport

For more details on each of these grants visit:

TDOT Awards Rockslide Repair Contract

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 10:00 am
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TDOT Awards Rockslide Repair Contract

Work to begin soon on State Route 25 in Smith County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has awarded an emergency contract for rockslide repair following a rockslide that occurred last week on SR 25 (Dixon Springs Highway) in Carthage.

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.