Transportation

Large Sinkhole Closes I-24 in Grundy County

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | 04:00 pm
A large sinkhole on I-24 eastbound at Mile Marker 127 will disrupt traffic along the busy corridor between Nashville and Chattanooga until May 22.
A large sinkhole on I-24 eastbound at Mile Marker 127 will disrupt traffic along the busy corridor between Nashville and Chattanooga until May 22.
Emergency Contract Now In Place
 
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Emergency repairs are now underway on Interstate 24 at mile marker 127 near the Grundy/Coffee County line where a large sinkhole opened up in the eastbound lanes at around 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 18. The Tennessee Department of Transportation awarded a $266,960 emergency contract to Highways, Inc. today at 3:30 p.m. Central Time to repair the damaged section of I-24 immediately. TDOT hopes to complete repairs and reopen the roadway by Saturday, May 22. The sinkhole is located between mile marker 127 and exit 127 and is estimated to be 25 feet wide and 25 feet deep. Until repairs are complete, traffic will be detoured off I-24 at exit 114 to Highway 41 then to State Route 50 and back onto I-24 at exit 127.
 

U.S. 129 Rockslide Repair Update for May 18

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 | 03:59 pm
Trim blasting on May 18 on unstable slope on U.S. 129
Trim blasting on May 18 on unstable slope on U.S. 129
Trim blasting should remove a critical piece of unstable slope
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Crews working to stabilize the section of rock slope above U.S. 129/State Route 115 in Blount County will turn their attention to the large rock mass, known as a rock buttress, at the center of the slide today. The rock buttress has held the remaining slope above the highway in place since the March 14 rockslide that closed U.S. 129. However, the buttress is cracked and could eventually give way, causing another substantial rockslide. 
 

Recovery Act Grants Help Truckers Reduce Emissions, Save Money

Monday, May 17, 2010 | 01:08 pm
Funding Still Available Through Clean Diesel Grant Program
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in cooperation with the University of Tennessee, is reviewing more than 170 applications for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants through the department’s Clean Diesel Grant program. The grants help Tennessee trucking companies and private truck owners in the state pay for idle reduction technologies. Grant funding is still available.

State Route 7 in Maury County Closed Until Late 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010 | 09:48 am
Flooding triggers landslide on State Route 7 in Maury County.
Flooding triggers landslide on State Route 7 in Maury County.
Repairs to the roadway will take several months.
Repairs to the roadway will take several months.
NASHVILLE – Due to severe damage from the flooding that occurred in early May, a portion of State Route 7 in Maury County will be closed for several months. Heavy rains saturated the ground underneath the pavement, causing two sections of the roadway to collapse and slide down a steep embankment. Traffic is currently being detoured around the roughly 3 mile stretch of SR 7, which is located in the Santa Fe community in the northwest section of Maury County.
 
The two landslide areas involve approximately 1500 feet of roadway. In some places, the road sank 20 feet below its original elevation. TDOT has initiated an emergency contract for geotechnical studies of the soil in the area and for the design of the repairs.

US 70 in Davidson County Reopens

Friday, May 14, 2010 | 04:06 pm
Contract crews remove debris from US Highway 70 in Nashville. Recent flooding triggered a slide that closed the roadway for several days.
Contract crews remove debris from US Highway 70 in Nashville. Recent flooding triggered a slide that closed the roadway for several days.
NASHVILLE – A portion of US Highway 70 in Davidson County damaged by the recent flood is now open to traffic. Clean-up and repair operations were completed this afternoon, allowing contract crews to reopen the section of US Highway 70 between Newsom Station Road and McCrory Lane in the Bellevue area of Nashville.
 
The flooding that occurred two weeks ago triggered a large slide that covered the roadway with large amounts of rock and debris. TDOT initiated an emergency contract, which was awarded to Civil Constructors on Friday, May 7, 2010. Since then, approximately 2,000 cubic yards of material has been removed from the area. New pavement and striping have also been applied to the roadway.  

GHSO Launches Click It AND Ticket Teen Safety Belt Campaign

Friday, May 14, 2010 | 08:00 am
Pilot Teen Safety Belt Program to Educate Teens on Importance of Buckling Up
 
NASHVILLE – Each year, dozens of Tennessee teens die in traffic crashes in Tennessee and many of those are not wearing safety belts. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office wants to help save teen lives by encouraging more teens to wear their safety belts. The GHSO is partnering with State Farm Insurance, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions Across Tennessee (CADCAT) and three Tennessee high schools to launch a pilot program called Click It AND Ticket. During the program, volunteers will conduct seat belt observations at the schools and students or parents wearing their safety belts will be given a ticket to enter into a drawing to win a prize. The penalty for not wearing a safety belt in Tennessee is $10, so volunteers will draw ten tickets and award $10 gift cards to ten students.  In addition, one student from each school will win a $100 gift card.
 

U.S. 129 Rockslide Update for May 13

Thursday, May 13, 2010 | 02:39 pm

Substantial Progress Continues at Blount County Rockslide

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – An aggressive drilling schedule continues for crews working to stabilize, repair and clear a rockslide that closed U.S. 129/State Route 115 in Blount County on March 14. 

This week, Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. drilled holes for 41 rock bolts at the top of the slope before 50 mile per hour wind gusts suspended repair operations on Tuesday. However, crews were able to install the 41 rock bolts and 5 mesh anchors at the top of the rockslide repair area. Crews have also started to grout the newly installed rock bolts into place. 

Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office Works to Save Lives on Rural Roads

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | 02:40 pm
Law Enforcement Buckles Down on Rural Motorists Not Buckled Up Through
Special Click It or Ticket Enforcement Blitz This May
 
Nashville, TN – In an effort to save lives in Tennessee, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office is working with rural law enforcement agenciesto conduct a special high-visibility Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign this May. The agencies are joining forces with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and state and local highway safety and law enforcement leaders across Tennessee.