Transportation

TDOT Crews Stocked and Ready for Winter Weather

Friday, December 09, 2011 | 01:40 pm
NASHVILLE – Winter weather has already arrived in some parts of the state and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow this season. After two years of harsh winters, the Department has increased its snow and ice budget and added additional salt vendors to replenish salt supplies as the winter season progresses.
 
“Much of the country experienced an unusually severe winter last year and we saw salt shortages everywhere, including here in Tennessee,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This year, we have taken steps to ensure we have the supplies we need to keep our roads clear of ice and snow.”

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for 5 Tennessee Airports

Thursday, December 08, 2011 | 12:58 pm
NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $2.3 million have been approved for 5 Tennessee airports.
 
Airports receiving grants include:
 
Campbell County Airport
Fayette County Airport
Humboldt Municipal Airport
Smithville Municipal Airport
Sumner County Regional Airport
 

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for 9 Tennessee Airports

Thursday, December 08, 2011 | 12:57 pm
NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $532,300 have been approved for 9 Tennessee airports.
 
Airports receiving grants include:
 
Centerville Municipal Airport
Everett-Stewart Regional Airport (Union City)
McGhee Tyson Airport (Knoxville)
Mark Anton Airport (Dayton)
Millington Regional Jetport
New Tazewell Municipal Airport
Robert Sibley Airport (McNairy County)
Smyrna Airport
Tri-Cities Regional Airport

Over 100 Million Reads… And Counting!

Friday, December 02, 2011 | 02:40 pm
NASHVILLE –Two years after the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) began using the social networking service Twitter to share valuable travel information, the department’s Twitter account postings have been read more than 100 million times.
 
“Social media is a great way for TDOT to stay connected with the motoring public,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We are pleased that our Twitter accounts are being used so frequently as a resource for information about our interstates and state roads.”

Portion of State Route 7 Damaged in May 2010 Floods Reopens to Traffic

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 12:44 pm
New Bridge Constructed in Maury County Following Major Landslide
 
NASHVILLE – A Middle Tennessee roadway heavily damaged by the May 2010 floods reopened today following major repairs. A section of State Route 7 in Maury County was closed after the flooding triggered a massive landslide that caused parts of the roadway to collapse and slide down a steep embankment.
 

No Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways During the Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 21, 2011 | 09:43 am
NASHVILLE –Thanksgiving travelers will enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee again this year during this busy travel holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 23 until 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 28.

“Nearly a million people are expected to use Tennessee roadways to visit family and friends this holiday,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We want to provide maximum capacity, alleviate as much congestion as possible, and help travelers avoid unnecessary delays.”

“More Cops. More Stops.”

Monday, November 21, 2011 | 09:41 am
Nashville, TNTennessee drivers beware. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) is teaming with the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) and local law enforcement agencies all across the state beginning today through the busy Thanksgiving travel season to crack down on traffic safety violations.
 
State and local law enforcement will be out in force to remind all drivers and passengers to never drink and drive, always buckle up, obey the speed limit, and eliminate all distractions inside their vehicles while driving.

Historic Kyles Ford Bridge to Remain Open

Monday, November 21, 2011 | 09:39 am
KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has initiated a new plan to replace the aging Kyles Ford Bridge over the Clinch River on State Route 70 in Hancock County with a new bridge. The decision follows discussions with various agencies, state and Hancock County officials, and the public. The existing bridge will remain open during construction of the new bridge.
 
“We’ve listened to the concerns of local citizens in Hancock County and neighboring Hawkins County, and believe that this is the best solution for those that travel across the Kyles Ford Bridge,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.

Commissioner Schroer Appoints New Director of Aeronautics Division

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 | 11:10 am
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer names William B. Orellana as the new Aeronautics Division Director. In his new post, Orellana will oversee the division which has responsibilities of licensing all of Tennessee’s general aviation airports as well as overseeing grants to improve these facilities. TDOT’s Aeronautics Division also provides aircraft services for state government executives, staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission, and other educational support programs.