Transportation

TDOT Commissioner Opens New Interchange Connector in Hamilton County

Friday, February 17, 2012 | 09:24 am
TDOT Commissioner Schroer attends ribbon cutting event for the new Exit 9 Interchange Connector in Hamilton County.
TDOT Commissioner Schroer attends ribbon cutting event for the new Exit 9 Interchange Connector in Hamilton County.
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Drivers in the East Hamilton County area now have a new, more direct way to access I-75. Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer joined federal, state and local officials today to celebrate the completion of the TDOT construction project that connects I-75 at Exit 9 to State Route 317, also known as Apison Pike. 
 
With the completion of this project, the interchange at Exit 9 (Volkswagen Drive) is now fully open, providing direct access from the rapidly-growing Collegedale and Apison areas to both I-75 and the Enterprise South Industrial Park, the site of many prominent businesses including the Volkswagen manufacturing plant and the Amazon Fulfillment Center. The connector will also provide McKee Foods Corporation, the makers of Little Debbie snack cakes and one of Hamilton County’s largest employers, a more direct alternative for their trucks to access I-75.

Safety Partners Sign Plan to Avoid Long Term Highway Closures

Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 03:49 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer joined Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security (TDOSHS) Commissioner Bill Gibbons today to sign a new agreement between the two agencies regarding the quick clearance of highway incidents. The goal of the agreement is to ensure public safety and restore Tennessee roadways to full capacity as soon as possible following highway incidents.
 
TDOT and TDOSHS began working on the new agreement following an incident in December 2011 that closed Interstate 40 in Wilson County for nearly 12 hours, leaving hundreds of motorists stranded overnight.
 

TDOT to Open I-75 Exit 9 SR-317 Apison Pike Connector in Hamilton County

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | 09:35 am

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will join with federal, state and local officials to officially open the I-75 Exit 9 SR-317 Apison Pike Connector on Friday, February 17, 2012.

Who:              TDOT Commissioner John Schroer

What:             Official Opening of I-75 Exit 9 SR-317 Apison Pike Connector

When:            Friday, February 17, 2012

                       10:00 a.m. EST – Ribbon Cutting

Middle Tennessee Construction Report February 9th- 15th, 2012

Thursday, February 09, 2012 | 10:19 am
 
Middle Tennessee Construction
February 9 -- February 15, 2012

 
 
DAVIDSON COUNTY, I-440 Eastbound from I-65 to I-24
  • Thursday February 9 through Wednesday February 15: No closures scheduled.
 
DAVIDSON COUNTY, Repair of 14 Bridges over I-440
  • Thursday February 9 through Wednesday February 15, 9AM-3PM, There will be shoulder closures on I-440 eastbound and westbound for bridge work. 
  • Thursday February 9 through Wednesday February 15, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane and sidewalk closures on the bridges over I-440 at Belmont, Winford, and Lyle in order to perform deck and sidewalk repairs.
 

I-55 & Crump Boulevard Interchange in Memphis Gets Green Light

Tuesday, February 07, 2012 | 10:49 am
NASHVILLE–The Tennessee Department of Transportation is excited to announce a major milestone in the development of the Interstate 55 and Crump Boulevard Interchange project. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved the Final Environmental Impact Study for the interchange, allowing the project to move into the final design phase. 
 
The approval comes after an extensive study and review of a number of different alignment choices for the interchange. The selected “Z-1” design was developed in response to strong input from members of the community and guidance from the Federal Highway Administration. The Z-1 alignment will avoid all displacements and does address concerns that were raised by residents early in the project development phase.
 

Rockslide Cleanup on I-40 West in Cocke County Partially Complete

Monday, February 06, 2012 | 10:08 am
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Just after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) reopened one lane of traffic near Mile Marker 451 on Interstate 40 West in Cocke County, following the cleanup of a rockslide that occurred on January 31, 2012.
 
Contract crews began clean-up operations last Thursday and were successful in removing an approximate 1500 ton boulder that was in danger of falling onto the interstate. This was the first phase of repairs at that location. The second phase, which will likely begin in late March, will be more extensive, involving further stabilization of the remaining slope. TDOT will keep one lane of traffic open until the second phase begins, and will make all efforts to maintain one lane of traffic as further repairs are completed.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk This Super Bowl Sunday

Friday, February 03, 2012 | 04:50 pm
February 3, 2012
 
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk This Super Bowl Sunday
Law enforcement will work overtime to crack down on drunk drivers
 
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Titans and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security are once again teaming up to remind Tennessee football fans that real Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk this Super Bowl weekend. 
 
“If your Super Bowl game plan includes celebrating with alcohol make sure you have a sober, designated driver,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Law enforcement officials will be working overtime to ensure that Tennessee’s roads are safe, so if you drink and drive this weekend, chances are you’ll be caught.”
 

TDOT Announces Aeronautics Grants for 3 Tennessee Airports

Thursday, February 02, 2012 | 02:15 pm
NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that state aeronautics grants totaling $94,900 have been approved for 3 Tennessee airports.
 
Airports receiving grants include:
 
Fayetteville Municipal Airport
Gibson County Airport
Shelbyville Municipal Airport
 
For more details on each of these grants visit:  

Emergency Contract Awarded for I-40 Rockslide Cleanup

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 | 07:20 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) today awarded an emergency contract to remove debris and unstable rock from Interstate 40 West in Cocke County. Currently, the westbound lanes of the interstate are closed at Mile Marker 451.
 
The Department received bids from four different contractors, with Phillips and Jordan, Inc. of Knoxville submitting the lowest bid of $59,350.
 
The contractor is expected to begin work at the site of the rockslide on Thursday afternoon. TDOT anticipates being able to reopen the interstate by Monday, February 6.

Interstate 40 West Closed in Cocke County Due to Rockslide

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | 10:32 am
An early morning rockslide closes I-40 in Cocke County.
An early morning rockslide closes I-40 in Cocke County.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Both lanes of Interstate 40 West in Cocke County have been closed following an early morning rockslide between Mile Markers 450 and 451.
 
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Geotechnical Engineers are continuing to evaluate the slide and are currently developing a plan to stabilize the mountainside. An emergency contract will also be initiated to clean-up debris from this morning’s slide.
 
There is currently no estimate for when I-40 West will reopen.