Transportation

TDOT, Tourism & TWRA Partner to Provide Fishing Access at Smith County Welcome Center

Tuesday, November 09, 2010 | 02:35 pm
New Parking Area at I-40 Welcome Center in Smith County Provides Anglers Access to Caney Fork River
 
NASHVILLE – Anglers now have new access to the Caney Fork River in Smith County thanks to a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. A new parking area and access trail to the Caney Fork River is now open at the I-40 Welcome Center in Smith County at mile marker 267. The Welcome Center can be reached by both eastbound and westbound traffic on I-40. The new access area was developed to provide safe, legal access to the popular river for fishing.
 

Bridge Repair Project Closes Lanes on State Route 35 in Sevier County

Monday, November 08, 2010 | 04:59 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Motorists traveling on U.S. 411/ U.S. 441/ State Route 35 (West Main Street) in Sevierville over the west prong of the Little Pigeon River should be alert for lane closures and changed traffic conditions. Crews began shifting traffic Monday morning as phase one work is underway.
 
Traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction, with a center turn lane, and shifted to the southbound side of the bridge as crews will begin setting portable concrete barrier rails and begin repairs to the northbound section of the bridge. Traffic will remain in this configuration through the completion of phase one.

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Bridge Work to be Complete This Weekend

Thursday, November 04, 2010 | 01:05 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The contractor working to seismically retrofit the I-40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge anticipates, weather permitting, all lanes will be open this weekend, a week ahead of the contracted schedule. Crews have safely and successfully installed all six new seismic expansion bridge joints. All three new seismic expansion joints are in place on the westbound side as well as the three on the eastbound side. 

Portion of Hillsboro Road Will Close for 24 Hours for Bridge Work

Wednesday, November 03, 2010 | 11:48 am
NASHVILLE – – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close a short section of Hillsboro Road near the Davidson-Williamson County line for a 24 hour period this weekend to complete major bridge work. The closure is located just south of Old Hickory Boulevard at the bridge over the Little Harpeth River. The bridge will close at 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2010 and will reopen no later than 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 6, 2010.
 

TDOT Brings “Between the Barrels” to Tellico Plains High School in

Tuesday, November 02, 2010 | 12:00 pm
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Transportation is working to keep teen drivers safe and will travel to Tellico Plains High School, Wednesday, November 3 to present the “Between the Barrels” program. In total, 400 students will participate in the interactive safe driving program geared toward teens just learning to drive. The goal of the program is to save lives by educating teens on the importance of always practicing safe driving habits, especially in highway work zones. 

TDOT closes Davenport Road SE to prepare for Henley Bridge Closure

Monday, November 01, 2010 | 03:17 pm
Modifications to detour route for Henley Bridge closure
Modifications to detour route for Henley Bridge closure
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-  Motorists need to be aware of the closure of a section of Davenport Road SE that runs parallel with James White Parkway. The road officially closed at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon and will be closed for the duration of the Henley Bridge project which is estimated to be completed on June 30, 2013. Traffic will be detoured to East Moody Avenue. 
 
The Tennessee Department of Transportation closed Davenport Road SE to allow the crews to begin work to widen the southbound ramp of James White Parkway which is being modified to accommodate more traffic during the closure of the Henley Bridge which is scheduled to begin January 3, 2011. The closure of Davenport Road SE will also eliminate merging traffic with motorists coming off the southbound James White Parkway ramp.
 

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Bridge Work to be Complete November 5

Friday, October 29, 2010 | 01:07 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The contractor anticipates, weather permitting, all lanes will be open, next Friday, November 5, 2010, a full 11 days ahead of schedule. Crews working to seismically retrofit the I-40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis have safely and successfully installed all six new seismic expansion bridge joints. All three new seismic expansion joints are in place on the westbound side as well as the three on the eastbound side. 

Governor Bredesen Opens New Section of State Route 840

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | 09:52 am
Pictured L-R: TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges, Diane Giddens, State Senator Jack Johnson, Governor Bredesen, TDOT Commissioner Nicely, TDEC Commissioner Jim Fyke, TDEC Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan
Pictured L-R: TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges, Diane Giddens, State Senator Jack Johnson, Governor Bredesen, TDOT Commissioner Nicely, TDEC Commissioner Jim Fyke, TDEC Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan
Project Extends Route from Highway 100 to State Route 46 in Williamson County
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen joined TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Senator Jack Johnson, Representative Glen Casada, and other state and local officials in Williamson County today to mark the opening of a newly completed section of State Route 840. The new section of highway extends SR 840 from Highway 100 in Fairview to State Route 46 near Leiper’s Fork in Williamson County.
 

TDOT Meets With Stakeholders About Upcoming Henley Bridge Closure

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 03:34 pm
Crews Start Preparations to Close Davenport Road
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials announced that the Henley Bridge will officially close on January 3, 2011 during a stakeholders meeting this afternoon at the Henley Bridge Community Center. TDOT, along with representatives from project contractor Britton Bridge, LLC and project inspection consultant Thompson Engineering, met with community leaders, residents, business owners and motorists to explain the closure process and to go over key details about the detour route.