Transportation

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

Monday, April 15, 2013 | 09:39 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 | 08:24 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 | 11:53 am

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 | 11:06 am

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.

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for Six Tennessee Airports

Thursday, April 04, 2013 | 10:21 am

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $281,696 have been approved for six Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include:

Jackson (Madison County) – McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport

Knoxville (Knox County) – McGhee Tyson Airport
Memphis (Shelby County) – General DeWitt Spain Airport

Millington (Shelby County) – Millington Regional Jetport
Savannah (Hardin County) – Savannah-Hardin County Airport

Sevierville (Sevier County) – Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport

For more details on each of these grants visit: 
http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/news/2013/GrantDetails.pdf

Tennessee River Trail Scenic Byway Campaign Wins National Award

Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 03:07 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee River Trail Scenic Byway, threading through nine counties along the Tennessee River, recently blazed a new trail as the project team behind the marketing effort and audio tour won a prestigious “ADDY” in the recent awards competition.

With more than 60,000 entries annually, the ADDY Awards is the world’s largest advertising competition representing the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types. The Tennessee River Trail Scenic Byway won a silver award in the Public Service Integrated Campaign category.

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

Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 08:46 am

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

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 earlier this week.  Because the rockslide occurred at the site of an active $2.4 million TDOT rockslide mitigation project, personnel from Highways, Inc. were in the area and quickly mobilized and began cleanup of the site.

TDOT Halts Interstate Construction for Easter Travel Holiday

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | 08:20 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, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 1 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 and reduce potential delays,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “I also encourage motorists to download the SmartWay Mobile App to get up-to-the minute traffic information before they hit the road this weekend.”

Rockslide Closes SR-16 in Franklin County

Monday, March 25, 2013 | 09:50 am
Franklin County SR-16
Franklin County SR-16

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – At approximately 6:30 a.m. CDT this morning, a rockslide occurred on SR-16 (Rowe Gap Road/Keith Springs Mtn.) in Franklin County, totally closing the road near log mile 17.7.  The rockslide occurred in the same location where a $2.4 million TDOT rockslide mitigation project is currently underway.  Because the rockslide occurred at the site of an active project, personnel from Highways, Inc. are already in the area and can quickly mobilize to address the rockslide.  TDOT and contractor personnel are assessing the area to determine when the roadway can safely be reopened, and crews and equipment will move in soon to begin the clearing the roadway. 

While the road is closed, only local passenger car traffic will be allowed to use Iron Gap Road (a narrow county road) as a detour around the site. Truck traffic will not be allowed to use this road and will have to seek alternate routes.  The average daily traffic count along this section of SR-16 is approximately 780 vehicles per day.