Transportation

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

 

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for 5 Tennessee Airports

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 | 02:47 pm
NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced today that state aeronautics grants totaling $284,390 have been approved for 5 Tennessee airports.
 
Airports receiving grants include:

Crossville Memorial Airport

Everett-Stewart Regional Airport (Union City, TN)

Sumner County Regional Airport
 
Tri-Cities Regional Airport
 
Warren County Memorial Airport
 
For more details on each of these grants visit: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2011/GrantDetails.pdf

TDOT Launches New 511 Feature for Bonnaroo Traffic

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 | 03:34 pm
Traffic on I-24 slows near the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival grounds. This year, TDOT will offer motorists up-to-the minute travel information on 511.
Traffic on I-24 slows near the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival grounds. This year, TDOT will offer motorists up-to-the minute travel information on 511.

NASHVILLE – Travelers heading to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN this weekend, and those traveling on I-24 during the four-day event will be able to access up to the minute travel information by dialing TDOT’s 511 Motorist Information Line. This week, TDOT has added a special line to the service that will be dedicated to Bonnaroo related traffic information.

“This event has an enormous impact on Tennessee’s interstate system, especially the I-24 corridor,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We want those motorists heading into the festival, and those trying to get around it to have the most accurate traffic information at their fingertips.”

Bridge Inspection on Interstate 40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 | 12:32 pm
Crews from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will inspect the Hernando DeSoto Bridge on I-40 in Shelby County.
Crews from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will inspect the Hernando DeSoto Bridge on I-40 in Shelby County.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. –The annual bridge inspection of the Interstate 40 Hernando-DeSoto Bridge begins tomorrow. Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will close one eastbound lane Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. The eastbound closures will continue into the next week beginning Monday and will continue through Thursday, each day from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Following the inspection of the eastbound side AHTD will close one lane on the westbound side for crews to safely inspect the bridge. 
 
The closures will last approximately 4 weeks, all weather dependent. The lane closures will not be in place during the July 4th holiday weekend.

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.”