Transportation

Flooding Causes Road Closures in Shelby County

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 03:54 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has closed a portion of State Route 3 (U.S. 51) in Shelby County due to flooding. Flood waters from the Loosahatchie Bottom have covered an approximate one mile section of SR 3 at Fite Road, about five miles south of State Route 385. The area will remain closed until the water recedes.
 
The detour routes are as follows:
 
  • From Millington to Memphis – State Route 385 East to State Route 14 South to I-40 (Exit 8)
  • From Memphis to Millington – I-40 (Exit 8) to State Route 14 North to State Route 385 West to State Route 3
 
On Interstate 40, Exit 2A to Millington and Exit 3 to Watkins Road are also closed.
 
Numerous other state routes in Dyer, Lake, and Lauderdale Counties are also closed as a result of rising flood waters. TDOT expects additional closures in these areas as the Mississippi River crests over the coming days.

Section of I-40 in Arkansas Closed Due to Flooding

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 | 04:32 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, flood waters along the White River in Arkansas east of Little Rock have reached Interstate 40 near Mile Marker 202. At the present time, the westbound lanes are closed due to high water. Closure of the eastbound lanes at this location is imminent and could occur within the next several hours.
 
Arkansas officials are closely monitoring water levels and will close additional travel lanes as waters rise. Here in Tennessee, TDOT has placed closure information on overhead message boards on interstates in Memphis and Nashville, as well as on the 5-1-1 motorist information line. Motorists traveling to Arkansas are advised to plan ahead and seek alternate routes.
 

Flooding Causes Outages to TDOT SmartWay Cameras in Memphis Area

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 | 03:49 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation wants to alert the public of significant outages to the TDOT SmartWay camera system in the Memphis area due to flooding along the Mississippi River. Approximately 30 cameras on Interstates 40 and 55 are off-line at this time, with outages possibly lasting as long as three weeks.  
 
The Mississippi River flooding is currently threatening the main center that feeds power to the cameras on I-40 and I-55 from West Memphis, Arkansas to the Mississippi River Bridge in Memphis. The power center has been shut down in an effort to salvage transformers, and electronic hardware is being removed from cameras in the path of the flood.

TDOT Cancels Bradley County Highway Design Public Meeting

Monday, May 02, 2011 | 09:58 am

Meeting to Discuss Whirlpool Corporation Industrial Access Road Will Be Rescheduled

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Because of continuing cleanup and recovery efforts in the tornado damaged areas of Cleveland and Bradley County, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has canceled the Highway Design Public Meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow evening, May 3. The meeting to

Haslam Issues Executive Order on Transportation of Emergency Supplies

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | 02:19 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued an executive order suspending certain provisions affecting vehicles carrying emergency equipment, services or supplies to support the emergency relief efforts for the severe storms and tornadoes that crossed Tennessee on April 25, 2011.

Governor and Commissioner Release Multi-modal Transportation Improvement Plan for 2011-2014

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 10:43 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer today released the three-year transportation program, which prioritizes a number of important improvements to Tennessee’s interstate system and continues funding for transit, rail, water and aviation programs. The three-year Multi-modal Work Program for 2011-2014 includes 182 transportation projects and programs, including 45 individual projects on interstates, 30 transit, water, rail & aviation initiatives, and 29 transportation programs serving Tennesseans across the state.
                                                                              
“A quality transportation system is vital to the continued growth of the state’s economy and increasing job opportunities for our residents,” said Governor Haslam. “The commissioner and I believe this three-year program balances the needs of communities across the state and makes solid investments in Tennessee’s infrastructure.” 
 

Governor & Commissioner Identify Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region One for Funding

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 10:40 am
NASHVILLE— Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer today released the three-year transportation program, which includes the completion of several major strategic corridor projects and the state’s Better Bridges bonding program. The three year program includes $1.7 billion for highways and bridges to fund more than 152 individual project phases in 59 Tennessee counties. The proposal, which has been presented to the Tennessee General Assembly, includes significant highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region One. 
 
“A quality transportation system is vital to the continued growth of the state’s economy and increasing job opportunities for our residents,” said Governor Haslam. “The commissioner and I believe this three-year program balances the needs of communities across the state and makes solid investments in Tennessee’s infrastructure.”
 

Governor & Commissioner Identify Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region Two for Funding

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 10:38 am
NASHVILLE— Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer today released the three-year transportation program, which includes the completion of several major strategic corridor projects and the state’s Better Bridges bonding program. The three year program includes $1.7 billion for highways and bridges to fund more than 152 individual project phases in 59 Tennessee counties. The proposal, which has been presented to the Tennessee General Assembly, includes significant highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region Two.
 
“A quality transportation system is vital to the continued growth of the state’s economy and increasing job opportunities for our residents,” said Governor Haslam. “The commissioner and I believe this three-year program balances the needs of communities across the state and makes solid investments in Tennessee’s infrastructure.”

Governor & Commissioner Identify Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region Three for Funding

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 10:35 am
NASHVILLE— Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer today released the three-year transportation program, which includes the completion of several major strategic corridor projects and the state’s Better Bridges bonding program. The three year program includes $1.7 billion for highways and bridges to fund more than 152 individual project phases in 59 Tennessee counties. The proposal, which has been presented to the Tennessee General Assembly, includes significant highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region Three.
 
“A quality transportation system is vital to the continued growth of the state’s economy and increasing job opportunities for our residents,” said Governor Haslam. “The commissioner and I believe this three-year program balances the needs of communities across the state and makes solid investments in Tennessee’s infrastructure.”