Transportation

TDOT Halts Interstate Construction for Easter Travel Holiday

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 09:01 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.
 
TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 25 at 6:00 a.m. This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.
 
“Suspending interstate construction in Tennessee during the Easter holiday will permit a free flow of traffic,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This should lessen travel interruptions for the many motorists traveling on our roadways to spend time with their families this holiday weekend.”

Rockslide Repair Work Begins on U.S. 441 in Sevier County

Monday, April 18, 2011 | 03:51 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin work tomorrow on a project to stabilize the slope, remove debris and repair damage caused by a recent rockslide on U.S. 441 (State Route 71) in Sevier County. The rockslide occurred on April 6, 2011 on U.S. 441 in Gatlinburg near State Route 73. 
 
On Friday, April 15, 2011, the emergency slide repair project was awarded to Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc. of Sevierville, TN for a total amount of $1,143,845.00. The pre-construction meeting was held today and, due to the amount of work to be performed, work will begin on the project tomorrow, April 19, 2011.

Rockslide Repair Work Begins on U.S. 321 in Blount County

Monday, April 18, 2011 | 10:27 am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin work this week on a project to stabilize the slope, remove debris and repair damage caused by a recent rockslide on U.S. 321 (State Route 73) in Blount County.

On March 31, 2011 a rockslide occurred on U.S. 321 near log mile 23 between Townsend and Maryville. Bids were opened for the repair project on April 8, 2011 and a contract in the amount of $592,722.75 was awarded to Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc. of Sevierville, TN.

Weekend I-24 Lane Closures in Hamilton County Canceled

Friday, April 15, 2011 | 08:49 am

Potential for Severe Weather Causes TDOT to Reschedule Concrete Repair 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Because of possible severe weather in the Chattanooga area this weekend, the concrete repair work that had been scheduled to take place on I-24 East at mile marker 181.9 beginning tonight and extending through Monday morning has been canceled. The work will be rescheduled to take place on the weekend of April 29, 2011, weather permitting.

I-24 Lane Closures in Hamilton County This Weekend for Concrete Repair

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 01:37 pm

Part of Major Resurfacing Project Underway in Downtown Chattanooga 

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - TDOT continues work on a $5.3 million major resurfacing and repair project on I-24 from the Missionary Ridge Cut near South Crest Road at mile marker 183 to west of Chattanooga Creek near Moccasin Bend at mile marker 177.  
 
As part of this project, the contractor will have lane closures on I-24 East at mile marker 181.9 from Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. through Monday, April 18 at 6 a.m. EDT.  Either one lane or two lanes will be closed for removal and replacement of a 500 ft. section of failed concrete pavement. Two lanes of traffic will be open except between the hours of 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. when only one lane may be available. 

Lane Closures on Interstate 240 in Shelby County

Friday, April 08, 2011 | 10:46 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Motorists traveling through Shelby County are beginning to see construction activity and lane closures on Interstate 240 as the widening project between State Route 385 and North of Walnut Grove is getting underway.
 
Sunday, April 10 through Thursday, April 14 each night from 8:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m., construction crews will have one lane closed on I-240 East in order to continue milling operations. 
 

Bridge Repairs Require Lane Closures on I-40 in Shelby County

Friday, April 08, 2011 | 09:22 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A Bridge repair project will require lane closures on Interstate 40 in Shelby County this weekend. The closure is as follows:
 
I-40 West (MM 14.1)- Friday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. Monday, April 11 – I-40 West will have two lanes closed over US64/Summer Avenue for repairs on the bridge ramp. One lane will remain open.  Summer Avenue will remain open. 

I-24 Lane Closures in Chattanooga This Weekend for Concrete Repair

Thursday, April 07, 2011 | 03:49 pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - TDOT has begun a major resurfacing project on I-24 in and near downtown Chattanooga that includes some concrete roadway and bridge deck repairs.  The project area is approximately 6 miles in length and begins at the Missionary Ridge Cut near South Crest Road at mile marker 183 and extends to west of Chattanooga Creek near Moccasin Bend at mile marker 177. The estimated completion date for the $5.3 million project is August 31, 2011. 

Most of the work is scheduled to take place at night between the hours of 7:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. However, there are at least eight weekends when the contractor will be allowed to have lane closures from 7 p.m. Friday night to 6 a.m. Monday morning. 
 
This weekend, the contractor will have lane closures on I-24 East at mile marker 181.9 from Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. through Monday, April 11 at 6 a.m. EDT. Either one lane or two lanes will be closed for removal and strengthening of the inside shoulder. Once this shoulder work is completed all three existing lanes of traffic will be shifted to the left in anticipation of removal and replacement of a 500 ft. section of failed concrete pavement the following weekend (April 15 – April 18). Two lanes of traffic will be open except between the hours of 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. when only one lane will be available. 

TDOT Reminds Motorists: Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.

Monday, April 04, 2011 | 09:14 am
The Tennessee State Capitol will have an orange glow this week to mark National Work Zone Awareness Week.
The Tennessee State Capitol will have an orange glow this week to mark National Work Zone Awareness Week.
Motorists will also see important work zone safety messages on TDOT's Dynamic Message Signs this week.
Motorists will also see important work zone safety messages on TDOT's Dynamic Message Signs this week.
NASHVILLE — Governor Bill Haslam today proclaimed April 4 – 8, 2011 Work Zone Awareness Week in Tennessee, joining states across the nation to remind motorists that safer driving creates safer work zones for everyone. TDOT will spread that message across the state this week in an effort to improve safety in Tennessee’s interstate and highway construction and maintenance work zones. TDOT is also announcing the launch of the new TDOT SmartWay Mobile for smart phones.
 
“As we head into the busy construction season, motorists will encounter more maintenance workers, utility personnel, and construction workers on Tennessee’s roadways,” said Governor Haslam. “I want to remind all drivers to stay alert and focused and exercise caution and patience when driving through work zones across the state. Doing so will help ensure everyone stays safe.”