Transportation

Haslam Eases Truck Rules to Help Farmers in Drought Stricken Areas

Thursday, October 13, 2011 | 12:45 pm

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam recently signed an executive order allowing haulers of hay to carry larger loads in their trucks as long as they observe safety requirements. The order is in response to drought and extreme weathers conditions in Texas and across the Southeast, which has left some farmers without access to hay for livestock.

“It’s been a tough year for farmers across the Southeast, and we want to be responsive to their needs,” Haslam said. “This order will ensure that much needed hay can be shipped safely and without delay through Tennessee and along our major interstate corridors.”

Commissioner Schroer Appoints New Chief of Environment and Planning

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 02:28 pm
Toks Omishakin
Toks Omishakin
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer names Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin as the new Chief of Environment and Planning for the department. Omishakin will also assume the role of Assistant Commissioner for TDOT. In his new post, Omishakin will direct the Environment and Planning Bureau which oversees the Project Planning, Long-Range Planning, Multimodal Transportation Resources and Environmental Divisions.
 

Commissioner Schroer Appoints New Director of Project Management

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 | 02:27 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer names Scott C. Black as the new Director of TDOT’s Project Management Division. In his new post, Black will oversee Project Management offices at TDOT Headquarters and in each of TDOT’s four regional offices.  The Project Management Division is also responsible for implementing the State Industrial Access (SIA) Program that provides funding and technical assistance for highway access for new and expanding industries across the state.
 
Before joining TDOT, Black served as the Manager of Budget, Finance, and Administration for the Nashville Convention Center Authority. Previous to that post, Black served as Vice President of Development for the Bristol Development Group, a Brentwood based residential real estate company. Black’s experience also includes numerous project management positions with architectural and design firms.

TDOT Completes Statewide “Projects Tours”

Friday, October 07, 2011 | 01:21 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer has completed the first annual statewide tour of projects in each of TDOT’s four regions. The week-long tours, which began in late June in Chattanooga, concluded last week in Roane County. The tours were designed to give local, state, and transportation officials an opportunity to view projects under construction in their areas and to learn more about future projects announced this year in TDOT’s Three Year Program.
 
“Not only was it important to me as TDOT’s new Commissioner to see the work we’re doing all over the state, but I wanted to provide the same opportunity to our state and local partners,” said Schroer. “This was also an excellent opportunity to hear concerns within communities and have productive discussions about improving Tennessee’s transportation system.”

TDOT Honored for Pavement Preservation

Monday, October 03, 2011 | 01:05 pm
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has been awarded the 2011 James B. Sorenson Excellence in Pavement Preservation Award. This national award focuses on pavement preservation programs and is given annually by the Foundation for Pavement Preservation, Inc., a non-profit trade association that works in close cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and others promoting the importance of protecting and preserving investments in pavement infrastructure.

Governor Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for Campbell County

Thursday, September 29, 2011 | 01:14 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $277,640 transportation enhancement grant to Campbell County for the Trailhead and Courthouse Area Improvement Project.
 
The Trailhead and Courthouse Area Improvement Project includes the construction of a trail along parts of Paris Nance Road and Valley Street, as well as trailhead access. New pedestrian lighting will also be installed around the courthouse, along with underground utilities.
 
“This project continues Campbell County’s efforts to provide citizens and visitors a chance to walk in a safer and more accessible environment around the courthouse” Haslam said. “Around the state projects such as this are improving the quality of life and providing Tennesseans with more opportunities to walk and be healthy.”

Governor Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for City of Newport

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | 09:29 am
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $346,048 transportation enhancement grant to the city of Newport for Phase II of the Greenway Development Project.
 
Phase II of the Greenway Development Project includes the construction of more than 1500 linear feet of trail beginning where Phase I ended to a trailhead along the Pigeon River. The project also includes landscaping, bicycle racks, signage and other pedestrian amenities. The project is part of an overall plan to create a scenic river trail that is accessible to everyone and links several points of interest in Newport.
 

Market Street Bridge in Chattanooga to Undergo Quarterly Inspection

Friday, September 23, 2011 | 09:44 am
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –TDOT bridge inspectors will perform their regular quarterly inspection on the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, September 25, 2011. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. EDT the bridge will be closed to traffic as crews conduct the inspection and open the drawbridge portion of the bridge. The bridge will be reopened to traffic by no later than noon.

US Highway 64 Ribbon Cutting

Friday, September 23, 2011 | 09:00 am
Jackson, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will join state and local leaders from McNairy and Hardeman counties today to celebrate the completion of a widening project on US 64. The $21.3 million project TDOT funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act widened a 3 mile section of US 64 from State Route 225 to Sandy Flat Road.