Haslam Announces TDEC, TDOT Grants For Dresden and Martin

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 02:34 pm

Nearly $800,000 from three grants to fund greenways and pedestrian trails
DRESDEN – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced three grants totaling nearly $800,000 for Dresden and Martin to lengthen and develop recreational trails connecting the communities with the downtowns.
“These greenways and trails not only enhance the pedestrian experience of our communities, but they also provide new recreational and healthy ways for Tennesseans to enjoy their neighborhoods,” Haslam said. “Downtowns are the heart of our cities and towns, and the projects announced today will make important connections between various destinations and the Dresden and Martin downtowns.”

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Hires New Executive Director

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | 08:36 am
Missy Marshall hired as new Executive Director for Keep Tennessee Beautiful.
Missy Marshall hired as new Executive Director for Keep Tennessee Beautiful.

Nashville, Tenn.  – Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB) announces that Melissa “Missy” Marshall has assumed the position of executive director of the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc.  Marshall comes to KTnB with more than 20 years of experience in public service. She began her career in state government as a public health educator for the Tennessee Department of Health.

More Cops. More Stops. Campaign Aims to Save Lives on Tennessee Roadways

Monday, July 15, 2013 | 10:55 am

Nashville, Tenn. – Law enforcement across the state will be out in force from July 18 to July 21 and from July 25 to July 28 for the final phase of the More Cops. More Stops. campaign to crack down on drivers who are speeding, drunk, distracted, or not wearing a seat belt.

Too many lives have been lost on Tennessee’s roadways as a result of basic traffic safety law violations. In 2011, more than 700 passenger vehicle occupants died in Tennessee traffic crashes. Twenty-seven percent of the fatalities involved a drunk driver, and 23 percent were speeding-related crashes. Fifty-seven percent of those who died were NOT wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

CNBC Ranks Tennessee 2nd in “America’s Top States for Transportation and Infrastructure”

Thursday, July 11, 2013 | 02:11 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the fourth year in a row, Tennessee’s transportation system ranks as one of the best in the nation, according to CNBC’s 2013 study “America’s Top States for Business.”  According to the report, Tennessee ranks second best in America in the category of “Transportation and Infrastructure,” up from fourth place in 2012. Tennessee is also the only state topping the list that has no transportation debt.

Many states across the nation carry transportation debt, and must allocate a large portion of their funds to interest payments.

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for Six Tennessee Airports

Thursday, July 11, 2013 | 09:07 am

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $175,215 million have been approved for six Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include:

Athens (McMinn County) – McMinn County Airport

Lebanon (Wilson County) – Lebanon Municipal Airport
Collegedale (Hamilton County) – Collegedale Municipal Airport

Morristown (Hamblen County) – Moore-Murrell Field
Fayetteville (Lincoln County) – Fayetteville Municipal Airport

Sevierville (Sevier County) – Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport

Construction Won’t Slow July 4th Travelers in Tennessee

Monday, July 01, 2013 | 09:27 am

NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4th holiday.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 8 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

“We anticipate heavier than normal traffic on Tennessee’s interstates and state routes all the way through the July 4th holiday weekend,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Suspending lane closures until next week will help travelers reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.”

Agencies Partner to Offer Green Development Grants

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 03:30 pm

Grant Program Encourages Green Infrastructure and Low-Impact Development Projects

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will once again partner with the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA), the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer a grant program designed to help local governments fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects.

TDOT Announces Broad St. and Memorial Blvd./Old Fort Parkway Intersection Project

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 12:59 pm

TDOT Announces Broad St. and Memorial Boulevard/Old Fort Parkway Intersection Project

State and City Leaders Collaborate on Project Design and Aesthetics

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer joined Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg and other state leaders today to announce plans to completely reconstruct one of the busiest intersections in the state.   TDOT plans to separate the intersections of Broad St. (SR 1) and Memorial Blvd. /Old Fort Parkway (SR 96/SR 10) by creating a single point urban interchange.  This separation calls for a new bridge on Memorial Blvd. that will create an overpass over Broad Street.  

Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for Atoka

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 12:32 pm

Grant funds new pedestrian and bike connection for the Tipton County town
ATOKA – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today a $399,619 grant to the town of Atoka for a new pedestrian and bicycle connection to recreational facilities.
Phase I of the Atoka Greenway-Pedestrian Neighborhood Connector Project will provide access to numerous recreation facilities and serve as a focal point for the community. The project is being developed in conjunction with several other park and trail projects that will ultimately connect at several locations.

Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for Brownsville

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 11:15 am

Grant to make improvements along eastern corridor in Haywood County city
BROWNSVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today a $506,556 grant to Brownsville for improvements along East Main Street, which leads into the city’s downtown business district and Haywood County Court Square.
The grant funds Phase II of the Brownsville Downtown Enhancement Project, replacing aging curbs and sidewalks with ADA accessible facilities. Decorative street lighting will also be added along the corridor.