Transportation

Commissioner Schroer Appoints New Director of Multimodal Transportation Resources

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 12:05 pm
Liza Joffrion will lead TDOT's Multimodal Transportation Resources Division beginning March 26.
Liza Joffrion will lead TDOT's Multimodal Transportation Resources Division beginning March 26.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer names Liza Joffrion as the new Director of the Multimodal Transportation Resources. In her new post, Joffrion will oversee the Office of Passenger Transportation and the Office of Rail and Waterway Freight Transportation.
 
Liza joins TDOT from her role as Principal and President of MultiModal Research, LLC, a Nashville based transportation planning and public policy firm. Prior to that post, Liza worked in the urban transportation planning field at firms in Seattle, Washington. She has 17 years of experience land use, transportation planning, public policy, and finance.

State Route 126 Sullivan County Public Hearing Postponed

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 10:31 am
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The public hearing planned for Thursday March 22, 2012 to discuss proposed improvements to SR 126 in Sullivan County has been canceled. The hearing, which will share details of the recently completed Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), will be rescheduled. A new date and location for the hearing will be announced in the coming days. 
 
Additional project information as well as the DEIS for SR 126 in Sullivan County can be viewed by visiting http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/sr126/involvement.shtml.
 

TDOT HELP Trucks Heading to Bristol

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 11:02 am
TDOT HELP Trucks from Region 1 will travel to Bristol this weekend to assist with race traffic.
TDOT HELP Trucks from Region 1 will travel to Bristol this weekend to assist with race traffic.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will be sending special “HELP” to the Tri-Cities this weekend to assist with the heavy traffic expected in conjunction with NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. 
 
Four lime-yellow HELP trucks from Knoxville will patrol the area, assisting with incidents in an effort to keep traffic moving.  The trucks are four-wheel drive and equipped with push bumpers, top-mounted arrow boards, emergency work lights, air compressors, and others tools. Operators can perform a variety of functions from clearing a stalled car off the roadway to changing a flat tire.
 

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for 17 Tennessee Airports

Monday, March 12, 2012 | 01:23 pm
NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that state aeronautics grants totaling $16,751,893 have been approved for 17 Tennessee airports.
 
Airports receiving grants include:
 

McMinn County Airport (Athens)
Cleveland Municipal Airport
Elizabethton Municipal Airport
Sumner County Regional Airport
Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport
McGhee Tyson Airport (Knoxville)
McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (Jackson)
Charles W. Baker Airport (Memphis)
General DeWitt Spain Airport (Memphis)
Memphis International Airport
Smithville Municipal Airport
Lovell Field (Chattanooga)
Centerville Municipal Airport
Dyersburg Regional Airport
Arnold Field (Halls)
Lebanon Municipal Airport
Henry County Airport
 

TDOT Building Crossover Lane on I-75 in Campbell County

Monday, March 12, 2012 | 12:40 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In order to assist travelers in Campbell County, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is constructing a crossover lane on Interstate 75. Last Friday, both lanes of I-75 South were closed following the collapse of a section of embankment near Mile Marker 144.
 
When the crossover is complete, one lane of southbound I-75 traffic will be shifted to one northbound lane. There will be two lanes for northbound traffic, and one lane for southbound traffic. This temporary traffic pattern will remain in place until repairs to the slide area can be completed.
 
The I-75 crossover lane is expected to be in place by Friday, March 16th.
 

Slide Forces TDOT to Close I-75 South in Campbell County

Friday, March 09, 2012 | 03:28 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has closed both lanes of Interstate 75 South in Campbell County, which is located in northeast Tennessee on the Kentucky border, due the collapse of a section of embankment. The earth under the interstate has continued to move since the collapse was discovered on Thursday. To ensure the safety of the motoring public, traffic on I-75 Southbound will be detoured until the interstate can be repaired.
 
“We must take these necessary steps to keep drivers safe,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We are working very quickly to develop a plan for repairs and will work diligently to minimize the inconvenience to travelers.”
 
Effective immediately, I-75 South is closed at Mile Marker 160. Detour routes are as follows:

Slide Closes One Lane of I-75 South in Campbell County

Thursday, March 08, 2012 | 05:15 pm
An embankment slide closes one lane of I-75 South in Campbell County. Repairs will likely take several weeks.
An embankment slide closes one lane of I-75 South in Campbell County. Repairs will likely take several weeks.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The collapse of a section of embankment has closed one lane of Interstate 75 South in Campbell County. The earth slide occurred just after 1:00 p.m. today on I-75 South at Mile Marker 143, which is located near the Stinking Creek Road Exit. The inside lane on I-75 Southbound remains open.
 
TDOT Maintenance crews are installing concrete barrier walls as a safety precaution. TDOT geotechnical engineers have also been on site to assess the slide. 
 
There is no timetable for when the outside lane will re-open.

TDOT Assists with Storm Debris Removal

Thursday, March 08, 2012 | 11:40 am
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation crews are assisting with debris removal in several Tennessee counties in the wake of last week’s severe storms. Most of the clean-up efforts are concentrated in Cumberland, Dekalb, Jackson, Overton, and Putnam Counties.

Early Morning Rockslide Occurs on Alcoa Highway in Knoxville

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 | 04:50 pm
TDOT crews clean up a rockslide on Alcoa Highway. One northbound lane will remain closed until further repairs can be made.
TDOT crews clean up a rockslide on Alcoa Highway. One northbound lane will remain closed until further repairs can be made.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is continuing to monitor a rockslide that has shut down one northbound lane on Alcoa Highway (U.S. 129/State Route 115) in Knoxville.
 
The slide occurred at about 5:00 a.m. this morning, closing both northbound lanes. TDOT crews were able to re-open one northbound lane by late morning.