Transportation

TDOT Commissioner Schroer Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Friday, June 01, 2012 | 09:18 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer names Scott C. Black as the new Chief Operating Officer of TDOT. Since October 2011, Black has served as the Director of TDOT’s Project Management Division.


In his new post, Black will work with TDOT’s Engineering, Environment and Planning, and Administration Bureaus to oversee daily operations and provide increased connectivity between those functional areas. This role will allow Black to quickly identify problems and solutions, and will aid in TDOT’s efforts to speed up the project delivery process.   


Road Construction Won’t Delay Memorial Day Travelers

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 10:40 am
NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow motorists down as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 25 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.
 
“Halting road construction during this busy holiday weekend will minimize congestion and delays on Tennessee’s interstates, said Commissioner John Schroer. “We want to keep traffic flowing so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.”
 

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for Six Tennessee Airports

Monday, May 21, 2012 | 01:46 pm
NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $394,100 have been approved for six Tennessee airports.
 
Airports receiving grants include:
 

John A. Baker Field (Lewis County)
Houston County Airport
Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport
McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (Madison County)
Hassell Field (Wayne County)
Smithville Municipal Airport (DeKalb County)

 

New Wide Load Detour Route for Bypassing I-75 Landslide in Campbell County; This route also serves as an alternative for passenger vehicles

Friday, May 11, 2012 | 02:36 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In order to help alleviate the traffic strain on local communities, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has worked with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to establish a new detour route for wide loads to bypass the I-75 landslide in Campbell County. 
 
This route will also serve as an alternative for passenger vehicles.
 
I-75 Southbound wide loads: Take Exit 62 (Mt. Vernon) in Kentucky and follow U.S. 25 to State Route 461 to State Route 80 to State Route 914 (Bypass) to U.S. 27 into Tennessee and follow SR 63 back to I-75 at Exit 141 (Oneida/Huntsville).
 
I-75 Northbound wide loads: Take Exit 141 (Oneida/Huntsville) in Tennessee and follow State Route 63 to U.S. 27 into Kentucky. Then take State Route 914 (Bypass) to State Route 80 to State Route 461 to U.S. 25 back to I-75 at Exit 62 (Mt. Vernon).
 

Work Continues on I-75 Landslide in Campbell County; Target date for one lane of I-75 South to reopen is May 21st

Thursday, May 10, 2012 | 09:28 am
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In order to repair the massive landslide that has occurred near mile marker 143 on I-75 in Campbell County, I-75 South will remain closed, and one lane of I-75 North will remain open.
 
The target date for one southbound lane and a second northbound lane to re-open is Monday, May 21st. TDOT will continue to re-evaluate the situation, and adjust that schedule accordingly.
 

I-75 South in Campbell County closed until at least Thursday; I-75 North will still be reduced to one lane

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 | 09:38 am
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Interstate-75 South will remain closed until at least Thursday, May 10th, so that crews can continue to stabilize a section of rock slope near mile marker 143. A section of embankment collapsed in that area on March 8th.
 
Interstate-75 North will have one lane of traffic open for approximately three miles, from mile marker 141 to mile marker 144.
 

Traffic Advisory for Campbell County: I-75 South temporarily closed Monday night; I-75 North reduced to one lane

Monday, May 07, 2012 | 03:46 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Starting this evening at 7 p.m., I-75 South in Campbell County will be temporarily closed so that crews can continue to work on a section of embankment that collapsed on March 8.
 
Interstate-75 North will have one lane of traffic open for approximately three miles, from mile marker 141 to mile marker 144.
 
One lane of traffic on I-75 South is expected to re-open by Tuesday at 7a.m. 
 

TDOT Announces Pedestrian Safety Project in Clarksville

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 | 02:02 pm
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) today announced plans to install signalized crosswalks at five intersections along State Route 12 (Ashland City Highway)/US 41A (Fort Campbell Blvd.).
 
Clarksville City Councilwoman Deanna McLaughlin contacted TDOT with safety concerns along Fort Campbell Blvd after several incidents involving pedestrians. From 2007 to 2011, six pedestrians have been killed on Fort Campbell Blvd. TDOT launched a Road Safety Audit Review in June 2011 and has a developed a project designed to provide safer crossing areas for pedestrians.

State Agencies Take Action after Dramatic Increase in Highway Fatalities

Monday, April 30, 2012 | 09:08 am
NASHVILLE – After record-setting reductions in the number of highway fatalities in Tennessee, the state is now seeing a dramatic increase in crash deaths so far in 2012. Preliminary reports show 288 people have died on Tennessee roadways from January 1 through April 27, 2012. During the same period last year, there were 27 fewer crash fatalities across the state.
 
Beginning today, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will begin running a daily roadway fatality count on overhead Dynamic Message Signs in the state’s urban areas, along with targeted safety messages reminding motorists to wear their seatbelts, obey the speed limit, and to not text and drive.