SR-56 Hurricane Bridge over Caney Fork River in DeKalb County to Close for One Night

Friday, November 04, 2011 | 09:19 am

Closure Necessary to Pour Sections of the New Concrete Bridge Deck

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close the Hurricane Bridge on State Route 56 over the Caney Fork River in DeKalb County to all traffic between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. The closure is necessary to allow the contractor to pour a portion of the new concrete deck. The work is part of a $26.9 million rehabilitation project which is scheduled to be complete in October 2013. 

The work is weather dependent.  If the contractor is unable to perform the work on Tuesday evening, it will be rescheduled to take place on either the evening of Wednesday, November 9 or Thursday, November 10 during the same time period. 

Commissioner Schroer Appoints Chief of Staff, New Community Relations Director

Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 01:16 pm
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today named Lyndsay Thurston Botts as his Chief of Staff. Botts is currently the Director of Communications and Community Relations for TDOT. As Chief of Staff, Botts will serve as a top aide and advisor to the Commissioner and will have oversight responsibilities for the department in areas of communications, policy, and government relations.
“Lyndsay has proved to be a valuable asset to me as I direct and lead this great agency,” Schroer said. “This appointment will allow her to assist me in day-to-day operations, as well as focus on key initiatives and special projects.”         

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for 5 Tennessee Airports

Friday, October 21, 2011 | 09:25 am
NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $10,154,989 have been approved for 5 Tennessee airports.
Airports receiving grants include:
·         Cleveland Municipal Airport
·         Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport
·         McGhee Tyson Airport (Knoxville)
·         Springfield-Robertson County Airport
·         Tullahoma Municipal Airport

Governor Haslam Awards $16.2 Million in Highway Safety Grants

Thursday, October 20, 2011 | 08:21 am
Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced more than $16.2 million to support highway safety in Tennessee.
The funds support the mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations.
“We continue to work with local and state agencies to make our roadways safer,” Haslam said. “These grants will support the efforts of highway safety agencies and advocates to reduce the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in Tennessee each year.”

TDOT Unveils New Logo

Friday, October 14, 2011 | 01:12 pm
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) unveils a new logo that provides continuity with the state of Tennessee and other state agencies. The logo incorporates the three stars as well as the official red, white, and blue colors of the Tennessee state flag.
“TDOT’s logo should represent the department’s commitment to the people of Tennessee and our connection to other state agencies,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We are a large agency with facilities in all 95 Tennessee counties and this new look will provide TDOT with a strong identity that symbolizes unity and pride in the state we represent.”

Haslam Eases Truck Rules to Help Farmers in Drought Stricken Areas

Thursday, October 13, 2011 | 12:45 pm

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam recently signed an executive order allowing haulers of hay to carry larger loads in their trucks as long as they observe safety requirements. The order is in response to drought and extreme weathers conditions in Texas and across the Southeast, which has left some farmers without access to hay for livestock.

“It’s been a tough year for farmers across the Southeast, and we want to be responsive to their needs,” Haslam said. “This order will ensure that much needed hay can be shipped safely and without delay through Tennessee and along our major interstate corridors.”

Commissioner Schroer Appoints New Chief of Environment and Planning

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 02:28 pm
Toks Omishakin
Toks Omishakin
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer names Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin as the new Chief of Environment and Planning for the department. Omishakin will also assume the role of Assistant Commissioner for TDOT. In his new post, Omishakin will direct the Environment and Planning Bureau which oversees the Project Planning, Long-Range Planning, Multimodal Transportation Resources and Environmental Divisions.

Commissioner Schroer Appoints New Director of Project Management

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 02:27 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer names Scott C. Black as the new Director of TDOT’s Project Management Division. In his new post, Black will oversee Project Management offices at TDOT Headquarters and in each of TDOT’s four regional offices.  The Project Management Division is also responsible for implementing the State Industrial Access (SIA) Program that provides funding and technical assistance for highway access for new and expanding industries across the state.
Before joining TDOT, Black served as the Manager of Budget, Finance, and Administration for the Nashville Convention Center Authority. Previous to that post, Black served as Vice President of Development for the Bristol Development Group, a Brentwood based residential real estate company. Black’s experience also includes numerous project management positions with architectural and design firms.

TDOT Completes Statewide “Projects Tours”

Friday, October 07, 2011 | 01:21 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer has completed the first annual statewide tour of projects in each of TDOT’s four regions. The week-long tours, which began in late June in Chattanooga, concluded last week in Roane County. The tours were designed to give local, state, and transportation officials an opportunity to view projects under construction in their areas and to learn more about future projects announced this year in TDOT’s Three Year Program.
“Not only was it important to me as TDOT’s new Commissioner to see the work we’re doing all over the state, but I wanted to provide the same opportunity to our state and local partners,” said Schroer. “This was also an excellent opportunity to hear concerns within communities and have productive discussions about improving Tennessee’s transportation system.”