Transportation

Backups Anticipated on I-75 Southbound from Kentucky into Tennessee

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 | 11:14 am
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.
 

TDOT Awards Two Rockslide Repair Contracts

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 | 08:01 am
TDOT Awards Two Rockslide Repair Contracts
Work to begin on I-40 in Cocke County and Alcoa Highway (US 129) in Knox County
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Monday, April 2, the Tennessee Department of Transportation awarded contracts for two East Tennessee projects, following rockslides that occurred earlier this year.
 

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for Six Tennessee Airports

Monday, April 02, 2012 | 01:39 pm
NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $352,650 have been approved for six Tennessee airports.
 
Airports receiving grants include:
 

Everett-Stewart Regional Airport (Union City)
Shelbyville Municipal Airport
General DeWitt Spain General Aviation Airport (Memphis)
Tri-Cities Regional Airport
Greeneville-Greene County Municipal Airport
Tullahoma Municipal Airport

 
For more details on each of these grants visit:  
 

Rockslide Cleanup Complete On U.S. 129 “The Dragon”

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 03:01 pm
TDOT crews removed nearly 200 dump truck loads of debris after a rockslide on The Dragon.
TDOT crews removed nearly 200 dump truck loads of debris after a rockslide on The Dragon.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Tuesday evening, TDOT maintenance crews completed cleanup from a rock rockslide in Blount County, which shut down part of U.S. 129/State Route 115, known as “The Dragon.” U.S. 129/State Route 115 is once again open to traffic in both directions.
 
The rockslide which occurred on Friday, March 16, was located approximately nine miles north of the Tennessee-North Carolina state line.

Rockslide Shuts Down Section of US 129 “The Dragon”

Friday, March 16, 2012 | 10:27 am
A rockslide, appoximately 125 feet by 60 feet, closes a section of The Dragon near the North Carolina border.
A rockslide, appoximately 125 feet by 60 feet, closes a section of The Dragon near the North Carolina border.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Due to an early morning rockslide in Blount County, part of U.S. 129/State Route 115, known as “The Dragon”, is closed at the site of a rockslide, which occurred approximately nine miles north of the Tennessee-North Carolina state line.
 
TDOT geotechnical engineers have conducted preliminary evaluations of the slide and are currently developing a plan to stabilize the mountainside and re-open the road safely and expeditiously. Cleanup operations are expected to continue into early next week.
 
Drivers of non-commercial vehicles will be allowed to travel the eight-mile stretch from North Carolina into Tennessee up to the overlook near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The section from just south of the Foothills Parkway to the site of the rockslide will remain closed as crews work to remove debris.
 

TDOT Completes Crossover Lane Construction on I-75 in Campbell County

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 11:10 am
TDOT crews construct a crossover on I-75 South in Campbell County.
TDOT crews construct a crossover on I-75 South in Campbell County.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Wednesday evening, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) completed the construction of a crossover lane on Interstate 75, re-opening southbound traffic for the first time since the collapse of a section of embankment near Mile Marker 144 last week.
 
This allows one lane of southbound I-75 traffic to be shifted to one northbound lane. There are now two lanes available for northbound traffic, and one lane for southbound traffic.
 
There is no timetable as to when I-75 South will re-open to normal traffic patterns.
 

Commissioner Schroer Appoints New Director of Multimodal Transportation Resources

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 11:05 am
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 | 09:31 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 | 10:02 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.