Transportation

TDOT to Raise Weight Restriction on State Route 33 Bridge in Union County

Monday, October 25, 2010 | 01:46 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After a week of repair and reinforcement work, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will raise the weight restriction to 35 tons on the State Route 33 Bridge in Union County. TDOT weight posted the bridge at 10 tons on Thursday, October 21 after discovering an increase in deterioration under the bridge. TDOT’s bridge repair crews have now added new supports to the bridge to provide added stability on the structure and are adding material to prevent further corrosion under the bridge. This is similar to repairs recently made to the U.S. 41 Bridge in Marion County.
 

TDOT Formally Opens and Re-dedicates New Carter County Bridge

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 02:00 pm
TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges and House Speaker Kent Williams join the family of Master Sgt. J.D. Davis to dedicate the new bridge.
TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges and House Speaker Kent Williams join the family of Master Sgt. J.D. Davis to dedicate the new bridge.
The New Master Sergeant Jefferson Donald Davis Bridge Offers Wider Lanes for Safer Travel
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials joined State House Speaker Kent Williams and local officials to formally open and re-dedicate the new Master Sergeant Jefferson Donald Davis Bridge over the Watauga River in Elizabethton today. 
 
The new concrete bridge replaces the 81-year-old steel through truss bridge over the Watauga River on State Route 400 (Lynn Avenue). Originally constructed in 1929, the bridge was classified as structurally deficient and, at a width of just 20 feet, was too narrow to handle traffic volumes. In 2008, TDOT began construction on the new structure which includes two 12 foot travel lanes, a center turn lane, four and a half foot sidewalks and six foot bike lanes on each side.
 

TDOT & TWRA Partner to Launch Park and Float Program

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 11:31 am
SR30 Park and Float Location at the Sequatchie River in Bledsoe County
SR30 Park and Float Location at the Sequatchie River in Bledsoe County
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency are excited to announce the launch of a new program designed to improve access to Tennessee’s waterways. The Park and Float Program will increase recreational opportunities across the state by providing parking areas and access points at rivers and streams along the state’s roadways.  
 

TDOT Formally Opens and Re-dedicates New Cocke County Bridge

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 10:00 am
Ribbon is cut on the new Major J.T. Huff Bridge
Ribbon is cut on the new Major J.T. Huff Bridge
The New Major J.T. Huff Bridge Offers Wider Lanes for Safer Travel
 
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials joined State Representative Eddie Yokley and State Senator Steve Southerland to formally open and re-dedicate the new Major J.T. Huff Bridge on U.S. Highway 25/70 (State Route 9) in the Bridgeport community of Cocke County today. 
 

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Retrofit Project Update for October 22

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 08:35 am
Crews pour a bridge deck back on the I-40 bridge.
Crews pour a bridge deck back on the I-40 bridge.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews working to seismically retrofit the I-40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis have safely and successfully installed five of six seismic bridge joints and have now removed the last old bridge joint. All three new seismic expansion joints are now in place on the westbound side. Crews are finalizing the work on the westbound piers and continue to work to replace the bridge railing this week.  Once the bridge railing is back in place the deck will be restriped for traffic. On the eastbound side, crews have safely installed two new seismic expansion joints and have poured the concrete bridge deck around both new joints. The contractor has removed the final existing expansion joint; with structural steel components of the new seismic expansion joint being installed. Final preparations for the eastbound side will include replacing the bridge rail and restriping for traffic.

TDOT to Weight Post State Route 33 Bridge in Union County

Thursday, October 21, 2010 | 02:47 pm
Commercial Traffic Detour for Union County
Commercial Traffic Detour for Union County
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will post the State Route 33 Bridge in Union County to a 10 ton weight limit this week. TDOT bridge inspectors discovered an increase in deterioration under the bridge during an inspection last Friday and for the safety of the traveling public determined the bridge should be restricted to vehicles of 10 tons or less. Signs will be installed at the bridge Thursday afternoon, October 21. Tennessee Highway Patrol officers will be posted at the bridge to ensure motorists carrying heavy loads are utilizing the detour routes. Construction on a new replacement bridge is now underway and is estimated to be complete in 2012.
 

Nighttime and Weekend Lane Closures on Interstate 40 in West Nashville

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 04:00 pm
Crews will begin demolition on the White Bridge Road overpass along I-40. The project is funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
Crews will begin demolition on the White Bridge Road overpass along I-40. The project is funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
NASHVILLE – Work continues to progress on the state’s second largest Recovery Act funded project on I-40 at White Bridge Road in west Nashville. Beginning tonight and continuing each night for the next week, crews will close lanes on Interstate 40 in both directions to begin demolition of the White Bridge Road overpass. Daytime lane closures on I-40 are also planned for Saturday, October 23, 2010 to perform pavement repairs. The closures are as follows:

TDOT Opens State Route 218 Bypass in Henry County

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 01:07 pm
TDOT officials joined State, City and County officials to open State Route 218 in Henry County
TDOT officials joined State, City and County officials to open State Route 218 in Henry County
Recovery Act Funds Used to Build New Section of Paris Bypass
 
Jackson, Tenn. –Tennessee Department of Transportation officials joined state and local leaders in Henry County today to celebrate the on time completion of the new section of State Route 218 and officially open it to traffic. State Route 218 from State Route 54 to State Route 69 is the first American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project in West Tennessee constructed in an entirely new location to open to traffic.