Transportation

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.
 

I-24 Lane Closures in Chattanooga This Weekend for Bridge Deck Repairs, Milling and Paving

Friday, May 20, 2011 | 08:54 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - TDOT continues work on a $5.3 million major resurfacing and repair project on I-24 from the Missionary Ridge Cut near South Crest Road at mile marker 183 to west of Chattanooga Creek near Moccasin Bend at mile marker 177.  The following work is scheduled to take place this weekend, weather permitting.

The contractor will have lane closures on I-24 East and West between mile markers 181 and 182 from Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. through Monday, May 23 at 6 a.m. EDT.  Either one lane or two lanes will be closed for bridge deck repairs to three bridges in the ridge cut in downtown Chattanooga. The bridges are at mile marker 181.34 over Norfolk Southern Railroad, mile marker 181.43 over Dodds Avenue, and mile marker 181.53 over Westside Drive. Two lanes of traffic will be open except between the hours of 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. when only one lane may be available. 
 
Beginning Sunday evening, May 22 the contractor plans to begin milling and paving on I-24 East and West between the U.S. 27 split at mile marker 180 and Chattanooga Creek at mile marker 177.

Rolling Roadblocks on Interstate 40 in West Nashville This Weekend

Thursday, May 19, 2011 | 07:41 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation crews will perform several rolling roadblocks on Interstate 40 in West Nashville this weekend for the installation of bridge beams on the White Bridge Road overpass. The closure periods are as follows:
 
  • Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22, 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
 
During the roadblocks, traffic will be stopped in both directions of Interstate 40 at White Bridge Road as crews use cranes to lift eight steel bridge beams onto the bridge piers. Several rolling roadblocks will be necessary on Saturday and Sunday to complete this operation. The roadblocks will each be 10-30 minutes in duration.

Media Advisory: Agencies Join Together to Urge Drivers and Riders to “Share the Road”

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | 03:31 pm
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is teaming up with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, the Motorcycle Awareness Foundation of Tennessee, Walk/Bike Nashville and several other agencies to promote May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and National Bicycle Month. A “Share the Road” festival (www.sharetheroadtennessee.com) and media event will be held Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Scoreboard Bar and Grill in Nashville. The media event is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Receding Waters Opens Roadway in Shelby County

Monday, May 16, 2011 | 10:09 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has opened State Route 3 (U.S. 51) in Shelby County due to flooding that occurred earlier this month. Flood waters from the Loosahatchie Bottom covered an approximate one mile section of SR 3 at Fite Road, about five miles south of State Route 385. While the roadway was closed more than a week, TDOT inspected the roadway and determined it is now safe to open it to the traveling public.