High Visibility Campaign Planned to Save Lives

Monday, June 06, 2011 | 03:04 pm
Nashville, Tenn. – Law enforcement agencies will saturate roadways in Cumberland County on June 10th due to the recent increase in motor vehicle fatalities in that area. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office supports the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Crossville Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol in their efforts to educate and enforce at a time when fatalities have risen.

TDOT and THP Prepare for 2011 Bonnaroo Festival

Monday, June 06, 2011 | 09:30 am

Annual music and arts festival celebrates 10 years as over 80,000 expected in Manchester area

NASHVILLE – For ten years, the Middle Tennessee city of Manchester in Coffee County has hosted one of the most popular live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  The festival is a four-day, multi-stage music festival held on a 700-acre farm. Thousands of people from all over the country make the yearly trip to attend the festival, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days in June. As in years past, over 80,000 music lovers are expected to attend this year’s festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 9, and winds down Sunday night, June 12.

Market Street Bridge in Chattanooga to Undergo Quarterly Testing and Bridge Inspection

Friday, June 03, 2011 | 08:00 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –TDOT will conduct quarterly testing and maintenance on the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, June 5, 2011. While the bridge is closed for testing, TDOT bridge inspection crews will also conduct a complete inspection of the structure. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. EDT the bridge will be closed to traffic as the testing, maintenance and inspection are performed. The bridge will be reopened to traffic when the inspection is complete, estimated to be at 3:00 p.m.

Tennessee Receives Bronze Award from League of American Bicyclists

Friday, May 27, 2011 | 11:48 am
NASHVILLE – The League of American Bicyclists has named Tennessee a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly State in its fourth annual BFS rankings. The award recognizes the state for its collaboration with local agencies and bicycle advocates, efforts to provide safe routes to school for children who bicycle or walk, and commitment to safety and accommodation of all users.
“I want to congratulate TDOT, members of the General Assembly, and the dozens of local stakeholders who have worked together to achieve this designation,” Haslam said. “As a bicyclist myself, I realize the importance of safety in offering this healthy option as we encourage Tennesseans to take responsibility for their personal health."

Click It or Ticket 2011 Works to Keep Drivers Safe Day and Night

Friday, May 27, 2011 | 08:56 am
NASHVILLE – The Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) has joined with local and border state law enforcement officers, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2011 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization. This campaign runs through June 5.
During the mobilization, officers are cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts – both day and night. Tennessee’s law enforcement agencies are partnering with border states for special nighttime Hands Across the Border safety belt enforcement events to draw attention of the need of all passenger vehicle occupants to wear a safety belt at all times.

Road Construction Won’t Delay Memorial Day Travelers

Thursday, May 26, 2011 | 08:59 am
NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow motorists down as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 27 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.
“Halting road construction during this busy holiday weekend will minimize congestion and delays on Tennessee’s interstates, said Commissioner John Schroer. “We want to keep traffic flowing so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.”

TDOT suspends current Britton Bridge, LLC projects

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 05:03 pm
Independent review of safety procedures to occur
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is immediately suspending all current bridge construction projects by Britton Bridge, LLC and related companies until we perform an independent review of their safety procedures. Britton Bridge officials voluntarily suspended their projects following yesterday’s fatality of a worker on the Henley Street Bridge project in Knoxville. However, the Department believes it is crucial for TDOT’s safety staff to review the measures in place before any project work continues. 

THP Joins Governor’s Highway Safety Office for Click It or Ticket 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 04:45 pm
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol will join the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and law enforcement agencies across the state and country for the 2011 Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign, May 23 through June 5. This initiative includes the Memorial Day holiday weekend and urges all drivers and passengers to wear their seat belts – both day and night.

TDOS Joins Agencies to Urge Drivers & Riders to “Share the Road”

Saturday, May 21, 2011 | 04:47 pm
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has once again joined the annual May campaign to encourage motorcycle riders, bicyclists and drivers to “Share the Road,” with a safety festival held Saturday afternoon at Scoreboard Bar and Grill in Nashville. The event began at 2 p.m. The media event scheduled for 5 p.m. was cancelled due to rain.