Transportation

TDOT closes Davenport Road SE to prepare for Henley Bridge Closure

Monday, November 01, 2010 | 02:17 pm
Modifications to detour route for Henley Bridge closure
Modifications to detour route for Henley Bridge closure
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-  Motorists need to be aware of the closure of a section of Davenport Road SE that runs parallel with James White Parkway. The road officially closed at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon and will be closed for the duration of the Henley Bridge project which is estimated to be completed on June 30, 2013. Traffic will be detoured to East Moody Avenue. 
 
The Tennessee Department of Transportation closed Davenport Road SE to allow the crews to begin work to widen the southbound ramp of James White Parkway which is being modified to accommodate more traffic during the closure of the Henley Bridge which is scheduled to begin January 3, 2011. The closure of Davenport Road SE will also eliminate merging traffic with motorists coming off the southbound James White Parkway ramp.
 

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Bridge Work to be Complete November 5

Friday, October 29, 2010 | 12:07 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The contractor anticipates, weather permitting, all lanes will be open, next Friday, November 5, 2010, a full 11 days ahead of schedule. Crews working to seismically retrofit the I-40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis have safely and successfully installed all six new seismic expansion bridge joints. All three new seismic expansion joints are in place on the westbound side as well as the three on the eastbound side. 

Governor Bredesen Opens New Section of State Route 840

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | 08:52 am
Pictured L-R: TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges, Diane Giddens, State Senator Jack Johnson, Governor Bredesen, TDOT Commissioner Nicely, TDEC Commissioner Jim Fyke, TDEC Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan
Pictured L-R: TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges, Diane Giddens, State Senator Jack Johnson, Governor Bredesen, TDOT Commissioner Nicely, TDEC Commissioner Jim Fyke, TDEC Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan
Project Extends Route from Highway 100 to State Route 46 in Williamson County
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen joined TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Senator Jack Johnson, Representative Glen Casada, and other state and local officials in Williamson County today to mark the opening of a newly completed section of State Route 840. The new section of highway extends SR 840 from Highway 100 in Fairview to State Route 46 near Leiper’s Fork in Williamson County.
 

TDOT Meets With Stakeholders About Upcoming Henley Bridge Closure

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 02:34 pm
Crews Start Preparations to Close Davenport Road
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials announced that the Henley Bridge will officially close on January 3, 2011 during a stakeholders meeting this afternoon at the Henley Bridge Community Center. TDOT, along with representatives from project contractor Britton Bridge, LLC and project inspection consultant Thompson Engineering, met with community leaders, residents, business owners and motorists to explain the closure process and to go over key details about the detour route. 

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Retrofit Project Update for October 26

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 09:11 am
New seismic joint in the I-40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River
New seismic joint in the I-40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews working to seismically retrofit the I-40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis have safely and successfully installed all six new seismic expansion bridge joints, with final structural steel components of the last joint being installed this week. All three new seismic expansion joints are in place on the westbound side and crews continue working to install new bridge railing.  Once the bridge railing is in place workers will stripe the new deck for traffic. On the eastbound side, crews have safely installed all three new seismic expansion joints and have poured the concrete bridge deck around two of the new joints. Workers are preparing to pour the last bridge deck this week.  Final preparations for the eastbound side will include replacing the bridge rail and restriping the roadway for traffic.

TDOT to Raise Weight Restriction on State Route 33 Bridge in Union County

Monday, October 25, 2010 | 12:46 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After a week of repair and reinforcement work, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will raise the weight restriction to 35 tons on the State Route 33 Bridge in Union County. TDOT weight posted the bridge at 10 tons on Thursday, October 21 after discovering an increase in deterioration under the bridge. TDOT’s bridge repair crews have now added new supports to the bridge to provide added stability on the structure and are adding material to prevent further corrosion under the bridge. This is similar to repairs recently made to the U.S. 41 Bridge in Marion County.
 

TDOT Formally Opens and Re-dedicates New Carter County Bridge

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 01:00 pm
TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges and House Speaker Kent Williams join the family of Master Sgt. J.D. Davis to dedicate the new bridge.
TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges and House Speaker Kent Williams join the family of Master Sgt. J.D. Davis to dedicate the new bridge.
The New Master Sergeant Jefferson Donald Davis Bridge Offers Wider Lanes for Safer Travel
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials joined State House Speaker Kent Williams and local officials to formally open and re-dedicate the new Master Sergeant Jefferson Donald Davis Bridge over the Watauga River in Elizabethton today. 
 
The new concrete bridge replaces the 81-year-old steel through truss bridge over the Watauga River on State Route 400 (Lynn Avenue). Originally constructed in 1929, the bridge was classified as structurally deficient and, at a width of just 20 feet, was too narrow to handle traffic volumes. In 2008, TDOT began construction on the new structure which includes two 12 foot travel lanes, a center turn lane, four and a half foot sidewalks and six foot bike lanes on each side.
 

TDOT & TWRA Partner to Launch Park and Float Program

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 10:31 am
SR30 Park and Float Location at the Sequatchie River in Bledsoe County
SR30 Park and Float Location at the Sequatchie River in Bledsoe County
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency are excited to announce the launch of a new program designed to improve access to Tennessee’s waterways. The Park and Float Program will increase recreational opportunities across the state by providing parking areas and access points at rivers and streams along the state’s roadways.  
 

TDOT Formally Opens and Re-dedicates New Cocke County Bridge

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 09:00 am
Ribbon is cut on the new Major J.T. Huff Bridge
Ribbon is cut on the new Major J.T. Huff Bridge
The New Major J.T. Huff Bridge Offers Wider Lanes for Safer Travel
 
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials joined State Representative Eddie Yokley and State Senator Steve Southerland to formally open and re-dedicate the new Major J.T. Huff Bridge on U.S. Highway 25/70 (State Route 9) in the Bridgeport community of Cocke County today. 
 

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Retrofit Project Update for October 22

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 07:35 am
Crews pour a bridge deck back on the I-40 bridge.
Crews pour a bridge deck back on the I-40 bridge.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews working to seismically retrofit the I-40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis have safely and successfully installed five of six seismic bridge joints and have now removed the last old bridge joint. All three new seismic expansion joints are now in place on the westbound side. Crews are finalizing the work on the westbound piers and continue to work to replace the bridge railing this week.  Once the bridge railing is back in place the deck will be restriped for traffic. On the eastbound side, crews have safely installed two new seismic expansion joints and have poured the concrete bridge deck around both new joints. The contractor has removed the final existing expansion joint; with structural steel components of the new seismic expansion joint being installed. Final preparations for the eastbound side will include replacing the bridge rail and restriping for traffic.