Transportation

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.”

I-24 Resurfacing Project Begins Soon in Chattanooga, Hamilton County

Friday, April 01, 2011 | 02:13 pm

Project Includes Concrete and Bridge Deck Repairs; Major Traffic Impact Expected

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Transportation will soon begin a resurfacing project on I-24 between mile markers 177 - 183 in and around downtown Chattanooga, Hamilton County.  In addition to paving, the project includes partial and full depth concrete repairs to portions of the roadway and some bridge deck repairs.  The project area is approximately 5.2 miles in length and begins at the Missionary Ridge Cut near South Crest Road and extends to west of Chattanooga Creek near Moccasin Bend.
 
The contractor for this $5.3 million project is Highways, Inc. from Brentwood, Tennessee, and the estimated completion date for the 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 will be at least eight weekends where the contractor will be allowed to have lane closures beginning at 7:00 p.m. Friday night and ending by 6:00 a.m. Monday morning.  

TDOT Unveils New Railroad Crossing Safety Campaign

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 | 10:23 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is launching a new safety campaign aimed at eliminating tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at the state’s 2,815 public at-grade railroad crossings. New billboards and posters will be installed near high traffic railroad crossings across the state to remind drivers and pedestrians to make safe decisions at crossings and around railroad tracks.

Environmental Public Meetings in Rhea County Canceled, Will Be Rescheduled

Thursday, March 24, 2011 | 04:32 pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The two public meetings scheduled for April 11 and April 12 in Rhea County regarding proposed improvements to SR-30 have been cancelled.

The meetings were scheduled for Monday, April 11 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Rhea County Welcome

Center and Tuesday, April 12 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Spring City Municipal Building. 

GHSO Sponsors Click It AND Ticket Teen Safety Belt Campaign

Monday, March 21, 2011 | 11:34 am
Nashville, TN – Each year, dozens of Tennessee teens die in traffic crashes and many of those are not wearing safety belts. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office wants to help save lives by encouraging more teens to wear their safety belts. The GHSO is partnering with State Farm Insurance, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Across Tennessee (CADCAT) and nine Tennessee high schools to sponsor a program called Click It AND Ticket. During the program, volunteers will conduct seat belt observations at the schools and students wearing their safety belts will be given a ticket to enter into a drawing to win a prize. The penalty for not wearing a safety belt in Tennessee is $10, so volunteers will draw tickets and award $10 gift cards to students. In addition, one student from each school will win a $50 gift card and another student will win a $100 gift card.
 

Interstate 240 Widening Project Underway in Shelby County

Friday, March 18, 2011 | 10:08 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Motorists traveling through Shelby County will begin to see construction activity and lane closures on Interstate 240 as a widening project gets underway. The project will widen I-240 from State Route 385 to north of Walnut Grove Road to four lanes in each direction. More than 200,000 vehicles travel this stretch of roadway each day.
 

Public Information Meeting on I-240 Widening Project

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | 09:57 am
MEMPHIS – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials, Smith, Seckman and Reid and Dement Construction representatives have scheduled a Public Information Meeting for next week to provide the public with a brief overview of the I-240 widening project. The project consists of widening a 3 mile section of I-240 from SR385 to north of Walnut Grove Road. The $4.5 million project is estimated to be complete June 30, 2013.