Transportation

Cocke County Construction Project Halted Until September

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 | 04:07 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation suspended current operations on the median barrier replacement project along Interstate 40 in Cocke County.  Work will resume after Labor Day.
 
The project, which got underway today, requires the inside lanes of I-40 East and West be closed around the clock for approximately 10 days. The decision to halt work was made after local businesses contacted Representative Jeremy Faison and TDOT, expressing concern about the potential loss of business to the area.

Construction Won’t Slow July 4th Travelers in Tennessee

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 08:06 am
TDOT will suspend construction related lane closures for busy July 4th Holiday.
TDOT will suspend construction related lane closures for busy July 4th Holiday.
NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow traffic across Tennessee this July 4th holiday weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon on Friday, July 1, 2011 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.
 
“There will be increased traffic on Tennessee’s interstates and state routes during the July 4th holiday period,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Suspending lane closures over this busy weekend is one way to ensure that travelers don’t face construction-related delays as they travel across our state.”
 

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for 4 Tennessee Airports

Monday, June 27, 2011 | 03:02 pm
NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced today that state aeronautics grants totaling $85,500 have been approved for 4 Tennessee airports.
 
Airports receiving grants include:

Fayette County Airport

Lafayette Municipal Airport

William L. Whitehurst Field (Hardeman County)
 
Winchester Municipal Airport
 
For more details on each of these grants visit: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2011/GrantDetails-6-27-11.pdf
 

TDOT Announces Statewide “Projects Tour”

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 | 02:21 pm
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announces his plans for week-long tours of major construction projects across the state. Commissioner Schroer will be traveling on a bus along with elected officials and transportation officials to each of the four TDOT regions in separate tours. They will be viewing projects currently underway and those listed on the department’s “Three Year Program” that was released in April. In addition, the Commissioner will host an Open House in each region to meet the public.
 

TDOT Mourns the Loss of HELP Truck Driver

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 | 02:19 pm
Nashville, Tenn. -- A tragic event occurred Monday on Interstate 55 South in West Memphis, Arkansas. TDOT HELP Truck driver Robert Nowicki was fatally injured in an accident as he stopped to assist a motorist. Nowicki had been with the Tennessee Department of Transportation since 2006.
 
His death marks the first death of a TDOT HELP truck driver/operator killed in the line of duty since the program began in 1999. Nowicki was recognized as an exemplary employee by the HELP program in 2009 for delivering a baby when he stopped to assist a motorist. Nowicki was a former NYPD officer who responded to the 9-11 attacks.
 

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for 8 Tennessee Airports

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 02:51 pm
NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $5,490,374 have been approved for 8 Tennessee airports.
 
Airports receiving grants include:

Beech River Regional Airport

Carroll County Airport
 
Cleveland Municipal Airport
 
Marion County Airport
 
McGhee Tyson Airport (Knoxville, TN)
 
McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (Jackson, TN)
 
Murfreesboro Municipal Airport
 
Rockwood Municipal Airport
 

For more details on each of these grants visit: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2011/Grants.pdf