Transportation

I-24 Resurfacing Project to Begin in Chattanooga, Hamilton County

Friday, April 20, 2012 | 01:03 pm

Project Includes Bridge Deck Repairs; Major Traffic Impact Expected

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - On Sunday evening, April 22, 2012, TDOT contract crews will begin a resurfacing project on I-24 in Hamilton County between mile markers 171 – 177 in and around the Lookout Valley/Tiftonia area to the Georgia state line. This project includes resurfacing and bridge deck repairs. 
 
Most of the work is scheduled to take place at night between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays. However, there are at least four weekends where the contractor will be allowed to have lane closures beginning from Friday night to early Monday morning to perform bridge deck repairs. During the work, at least one lane will remain open to traffic at all times. 

Work Begins on I-75 South Landslide Repair Project in Campbell County

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 | 10:45 am
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Work has begun on the repair of a landslide on I-75 in Campbell County, which closed both southbound lanes last month.
 
This week, 2400 linear feet of soil nails will be inserted about 20 feet deep into the ground to stabilize the slope.  During repairs, contract crews will excavate the unstable ground underneath the southbound lanes of I-75 South, fill the area with new rock and dirt, and add new pavement to the reconstructed area. 
 

Governor and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for

Thursday, April 12, 2012 | 10:34 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today released the 3 year transportation program, featuring approximately $1.5 billion in infrastructure investments for 96 individual project phases in 55 counties, as well as 10 statewide programs.
 
TDOT is one of only five state DOT’s that does not borrow money to fund projects, and the program continues TDOT’s “pay as you go” philosophy, carrying no debt for any transportation initiatives.
                                                                              
“This program balances transportation needs across Tennessee, focusing on improvements to strategic corridors, maximizing economic development opportunities, and providing key safety improvements,” said Governor Haslam. “A quality transportation system is vital to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs and the continued growth of the state’s economy.” 
 

More Cops. More Stops. Enforcement Campaign Targets Tennessee Roadways

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 11:37 am
Nashville, TN – In an effort to save lives, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) is again working across the state to crack down on traffic safety violations including impaired driving, seat belt use, distracted driving, and speeding, during its “More Cops. More Stops.” campaign this April.
 
Tennessee is one of two states teaming with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on this important national demonstration project to test the effectiveness of a new combined high visibility enforcement campaign.

TDOT Announces Decision for State Route 91 Improvements

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 09:13 am
 
TDOT Announces Decision for State Route 91 Improvements
Northern Widening alternative selected for Carter County project
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Following years of discussion with citizens, local and state officials, as well as state and federal agencies, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has chosen to move forward with the Northern Widening alternative for the State Route 91 Improvement project in Carter County.
 

I-24 Bridges over Main and Woodland Streets to be rehabilitated

Monday, April 09, 2012 | 04:55 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ---   The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is announcing an $8.7 million project to repair the Interstate 24 bridges that cross over Woodland and Main Streets. The bridges have not had major repairs since they were constructed in 1961.
 
TDOT will be using a new and innovative approach to replace the bridges’ riding surface in order to save time and reduce the impacts on the motoring public. The Accelerated Bridge Construction technique will require the total closure of a section of I-24 for 13 weekends this spring and summer. Crews will first remove the deteriorated concrete from the bridge deck. Then, rather than pouring new concrete, crews will drop 277 prefabricated concrete deck panels into place. This process was used successfully on the bridge rehabilitation of State Route 24 over Snow Creek in Smith County in 2010.  

Wolf Creek Bridge Closing on Tuesday, April 10th

Monday, April 09, 2012 | 09:43 am
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Tuesday, April 10th, the Wolf Creek Bridge on State Route 9 in Cocke County will close as a major repair project gets underway. The bridge is expected to reopen by March 2014.
 
This bridge, which is classified as structurally deficient, will be dismantled down to the concrete arches. When the repair project is complete, the bridge will be widened from 24 feet to 30 feet to accommodate wider travel lanes and 2 foot shoulders.
 

Portion of Neyland Drive to Close Temporarily This Weekend

Monday, April 09, 2012 | 09:33 am
 
April 9, 2012
 
TRAFFIC ALERT
Portion of Neyland Drive to Close Temporarily Starting Friday, April 13
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In order to complete the demolition of a pier of the Henley Bridge, Neyland Drive will be closed this coming weekend between Walnut Avenue and Lake Loudon Boulevard.
 
The closure will last from Friday, April 13 at 9:00 p.m. until Sunday, April 15 at 7:00 a.m.
 

TDOT Halts Interstate Construction for Easter Travel Holiday

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 | 09:56 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.
 
TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 9 at 6:00 a.m. This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.
 
“Suspending interstate construction in Tennessee during the Easter holiday will permit a free flow of traffic,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “This should lessen travel interruptions for the many motorists traveling on our roadways to spend time with their families this holiday weekend.”

Backups Anticipated on I-75 Southbound from Kentucky into Tennessee

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 | 12:14 pm
April 3, 2012
SPECIAL TRAVEL ADVISORY
                                                
Backups Anticipated on I-75 Southbound from Kentucky into Tennessee
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Interstate 75 South is currently reduced to one lane at Mile Marker 144 in Tennessee.  This lane reduction is due to a landslide which occurred on March 8, 2012 near Mile Marker 143, and temporarily forced the closure of the southbound lanes. 
 
Median crossovers have been constructed and one southbound lane is being maintained on the northbound side of I-75 between Mile Markers 144 and 141. Two northbound lanes are being maintained through this section.
 
During holiday and peak travel times, major delays and traffic backups in excess of 20 miles are expected along this stretch of I-75.  Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid this area during peak travel periods.