Transportation

Governor Bredesen Announces $3.8 million in Litter Grants for Tennessee Counties

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 01:27 pm
Grants Awarded Through TDOT’s Beautification Division
 
NASHVILLE— As part of the effort to StopLitter™ in Tennessee, Governor Phil Bredesen and TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely today awarded $3,862,515 in litter grant funds to all 95 counties in Tennessee.
 
“Each year volunteers pick up almost 25 million pounds of roadside litter in Tennessee alone,” said Bredesen.  “Litter is an eye-sore, it’s costly to clean up and it can be harmful to our environment, but it’s totally preventable.  These funds will be used by counties across the state to organize their pick-up efforts and conduct educational campaigns to teach children and adults about the importance of keeping Tennessee beautiful.”

Portion of State Route 249 Damaged in Floods to Close Until Late 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | 02:06 pm
NASHVILLE – Beginning Monday, August 23, 2010, a section of State Route 249 in Cheatham County will close for several months as crews remove and rebuild a portion of the road damaged during the May floods.  Heavy rains during the flood event saturated the ground underneath the pavement, causing a section of the roadway to collapse and slide down a steep embankment.
 

I-75 Widening Project in Hamilton County Completed Ahead of Schedule

Friday, August 13, 2010 | 10:00 am
Improvements at Ooltewah Interchange at Exit 11 Included
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely announced today the early completion of the $52 million I-75 widening project in Hamilton County. The newly widened section of interstate was fully opened to traffic back on July 1, 2010, nearly six months ahead of schedule. Since that time, crews have been working to put the finishing touches on the project and completed their final work on August 12, 2010, over four months ahead of the scheduled December 31, 2010 completion.
 
“The Ooltewah-Collegedale area is one of the fastest growing areas in southeast Tennessee,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “The extra interstate lanes and improved interchange at Exit 11 will improve traffic flow and the overall efficiency of this stretch of I-75.”
 

Governor Bredesen Announces $25.9 Million in Grants for 22 Tennessee Airports

Thursday, August 12, 2010 | 04:44 pm
Grants Awarded Through TDOT's Aeronautics Division
 
NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen announced $25.9 million in federal and state aeronautics grants today to fund improvements at 22 commercial and general aviation airports in Tennessee.
“From moving people to moving freight, the airports in Tennessee are vital pieces of the state’s overall economy and travel system,” said Bredesen. “Tennessee’s airports are often the front doors to our communities, welcoming visitors from across the globe, so it’s important to keep them up to date in order to stay competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of both businesses and travelers.”
  

Georgia DOT and TDOT Seek Federal Funding for Atlanta to Louisville High Speed Rail

Monday, August 09, 2010 | 10:11 am
From the Georgia DOT:

ATLANTA
 – Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. announced today that the Georgia DOT, along with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, applied for $34 million in federal funding to accelerate development of high-speed rail service from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tennessee, continuing to Nashville and eventually to Louisville, Kentucky.  GDOT is the lead state in the initiative and applied on behalf of the two states.
 

Plan Now to Join the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, Sept. 12-18

Monday, August 09, 2010 | 10:01 am
Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, Sept. 12-18
Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, Sept. 12-18
21st Annual Event to Loop through Beautiful East Tennessee

 

 
NASHVILLE — Now is the time to start making plans for the annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which will kick off its 21st Year with a seven-day ride beginning Sept. 12 and will feature a loop through some of Tennessee’s most beautiful landscapes.

Lane Closures on I-40 Bridge Over the Mississippi River Begin in One Month

Friday, August 06, 2010 | 04:26 pm
I-40 Bridge will be Reduced to One Lane in Each Direction for Two Months Beginning Sept. 7
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In just one month crews will reduce the Interstate 40 Bridge over the Mississippi River near Memphis to one lane in each direction for approximately two months. Crews must reduce the bridge to one lane in each direction in order to safely install a new seismic expansion joint along three bridge piers located near the Riverside Drive exit. The lane closures will begin immediately following the morning rush hour on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 and will last until the week of November 15. 
 

I-40 Eastbound Exit 1 Ramp in Memphis Closed

Tuesday, August 03, 2010 | 09:08 am
Crews will replace this bridge joint with a larger seismic joint designed to provide more flexibility for the bridge in the event of an earthquake.
Crews will replace this bridge joint with a larger seismic joint designed to provide more flexibility for the bridge in the event of an earthquake.
 

Phase One Now Underway; I-40 Reduced to One Lane in Both Directions Beginning September 7

 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Today, crews working to seismically retrofit the Interstate 40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River closed the I-40 Eastbound Exit 1 ramp to Front Street, Riverside Drive and the Tennessee Welcome Center. The ramp will remain closed for three weeks. It is the first of three long-term closures planned as work to retrofit the bridge continues. 
 

Westbound Lanes on I-40 in Roane County Open After Sinkhole Repairs

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | 02:31 pm
TDOT crews excavated to find the cause of a sinkhole on I-40 in Roane County
TDOT crews excavated to find the cause of a sinkhole on I-40 in Roane County
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Motorists are once again able to travel all the westbound lanes on I-40 in Roane County after a sinkhole was completely repaired on Tuesday.
 
Tennessee Department of Transportation maintenance crews discovered the sinkhole near mile marker 344.5 in the right hand lane of I-40 westbound on Monday. TDOT geotechnical engineers evaluated the sinkhole and determined strong water flow under the roadway was the cause.

Sinkhole Repaired on State Route 66 in Sevier County

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | 02:24 pm
TDOT crews excavate a sinkhole on State Route 66 to reveal a leaking water pipe
TDOT crews excavate a sinkhole on State Route 66 to reveal a leaking water pipe
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation maintenance crews re-opened the northbound travel lanes on State Route 66 in Sevier County shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. TDOT estimates the turn lane will also be opened at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.
Crews dug 25 feet deep and 10 to 15 feet across to find the leak that contributed to the sinkhole
Crews dug 25 feet deep and 10 to 15 feet across to find the leak that contributed to the sinkhole
 
TDOT crews discovered a depression in a turn lane on Highway 66 Monday morning and closed both the outside (or right) northbound travel lane and the turn lane to Huffaker Road to protect travelers as excavation and repairs began. After excavation, crews discovered a leak in a water line beneath the roadway had softened the ground and contributed to the sinkhole. Workers dug 25 feet down and approximately 10 to 15 feet in diameter to find the source of the water that saturated the ground under the road.