Transportation

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Retrofit Project Update for October 18

Monday, October 18, 2010 | 04:09 pm
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 are now beginning removal on the last seismic joint. All three new seismic expansion joints are now in place on the westbound side. Crews are finalizing the work on the westbound piers by replacing 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 one new joint. Crews are in progress of replacing the second bridge deck today. The contractor continues to makes progress and has begun removing the final existing expansion joint. Final preparations for the installation of the last new seismic expansion joint are underway.

Tennessee Works to Save Lives During National Teen Driver Safety Week

Friday, October 15, 2010 | 11:02 am
Students at Powell High School in Knoxville watch as a classmate navigates a virtual driving course.
Students at Powell High School in Knoxville watch as a classmate navigates a virtual driving course.
Governor’s Highway Safety Office Initiatives Educate Teens About Safe Driving Practices
 
NASHVILLE – In 2009, nearly 100 families buried a teenager following a crash on a Tennessee roadway. October 17-24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week and the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Governor’s Highway Safety Office are continuing their efforts to save lives by educating teens about safe driving decisions. TDOT and the GHSO are also asking all Tennesseans to step up and talk to teens about important issues like wearing a safety belt, avoiding distracted driving and underage drinking. 
 
“Traffic crashes are still the leading cause of death for teens in America and it is up to all of us to work to reverse this trend,” said GHSO Director Kendell Poole. “Our employees and partners are in schools every week talking to teens about safe driving practices and these efforts are working, but it takes the entire community – parents, teachers, neighbors, friends and teens themselves – to promote safe driving and stop teen driving deaths.”
 

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Retrofit Project Update for October 15

Friday, October 15, 2010 | 10:18 am
Workers pour the replacement bridge deck on one of the new eastbound seismic bridge joints.
Workers pour the replacement bridge deck on one of the new eastbound seismic bridge joints.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews working to seismically retrofit the I-40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis have safely and successfully installed three of six seismic bridge joints and are now finalizing work on a fourth new seismic joint. All three new seismic expansion joints are now in place on the westbound side. Crews have poured the final concrete bridge deck on the last westbound replacement joint as well and are allowing the concrete to cure.  On the eastbound side, crews have safely installed one new seismic expansion joint and have poured the concrete bridge deck around the new joint. Crews have removed the second of the three existing bridge joints on the eastbound side and structural steel supports for the new seismic expansion joints are now being installed. Preparations are underway for the contractor to remove the last joint on the eastbound side.

Governor Bredesen Announces Roadscapes Grants for Ten Tennessee Cities

Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 02:19 pm

Grants awarded through TDOT’s Environmental Division

Nashville, TN -- Governor Phil Bredesen announced $486,916 in Tennessee Roadscapes Grants today will be awarded to ten Tennessee cities.  The grants will be used to assist local communities with landscaping improvements to area roadways.

Communities receiving Roadscapes grants are (click on the link for individual press releases on each grant):

Cleveland in Bradley County        City of Humbolt in Gibson County
City of Dayton in Rhea County         City of Lebanon in Wilson County
City of Ducktown in Polk County      City of Lexington in Henderson County
Town of Guys in McNairy County     City of Newport in Cocke County
City of Hohenwald in Lewis County  Spring City in Rhea County
 

TDOT Begins Bridge Replacement on White Bridge Road over I-40

Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 09:22 am
TDOT will replace the 46 year old bridge on White Bridge Road over I-40. The project is funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
TDOT will replace the 46 year old bridge on White Bridge Road over I-40. The project is funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
NASHVILLE – The state’s second largest Recovery Act funded project will enter a new phase this weekend as crews begin the replacement of the White Bridge Road overpass at Interstate 40.  The new bridge will be constructed in the same location as the existing bridge.  Construction will require a significant reduction in travel lanes on White Bridge Road between the Charlotte Pike and Robertson Road/Urbandale Avenue intersections.

Tennessee’s Award Winning Scenic Byways Offer Great View of Autumn Colors

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | 02:59 pm
A view of fall foliage from the Cherohala Skyway.
A view of fall foliage from the Cherohala Skyway.
Survey Shows 70% of Americans Planning at Least One Autumn Road Trip
 
NASHVILLE – As people across the United States make plans for autumn road trips, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that Tennessee’s award winning Scenic Byways offer some of the best views in the south. Tennessee has five nationally designated Scenic Byways, the Cherohala Skyway, East Tennessee Crossing, Natchez Trace Parkway, Woodlands Trace and Great River Road.
 
“Tennessee’s scenic byways travel through some of the state’s most unique and beautiful locations,” said TDOT Chief of Environment and Planning Joe Carpenter. “We are pleased to partner with local communities and byways groups to give travelers the opportunity to explore Tennessee’s natural beauty through our five National Scenic Byways.”
 

TDOT Formally Opens Newly Improved Oak Ridge Turnpike

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | 01:00 pm
Phase One Improves Safety and Access Along Important Corridor; Phase Two Already Underway
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined Senators Ken Yager and Randy McNally as well as Representatives Jim Hackworth and Dennis Ferguson to formally open State Route 95 also known as Oak Ridge Turnpike on Wednesday, October 13. Improvements along the four mile stretch of State Route 95 from Illinois Avenue (State Route 62) in Anderson County to Westover Drive in Roane County included widened travel lanes, the addition of left turn lanes, five foot sidewalks and six foot bike lanes on each side of the roadway, and an improved intersection at Lincoln Road.
 

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Retrofit Project Update for October 11

Monday, October 11, 2010 | 03:25 pm
Workers pour a new concrete bridge deck into place around the newly installed seismic bridge joint.
Workers pour a new concrete bridge deck into place around the newly installed seismic bridge joint.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews working to seismically retrofit the I-40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis have safely and successfully removed three of the six bridge joints on the outside lanes of the bridge as Phase Three of the project progresses. Three new seismic expansion joints are now in place on the westbound side and two are completely installed with minor finishing work to be completed. Crews are now pouring the final [concrete bridge deck on the last westbound replacement joint.  On the eastbound side, crews are working to install steel supports for the new seismic joint and are preparing to remove the second of the three existing bridge joints.

TDOT Announces Project to Add 5th Interchange along I-40 in Cookeville

Monday, October 11, 2010 | 09:48 am
TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges joins Representative Henry Fincher, Senator Charlotte Burks and Representative Charles Curtiss to announce federal approval for a new I-40 interchange in Cookeville.
TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges joins Representative Henry Fincher, Senator Charlotte Burks and Representative Charles Curtiss to announce federal approval for a new I-40 interchange in Cookeville.
Interstate Access at Mine Lick Creek Road Approved by FHWA
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials joined Senator Charlotte Burks and Representatives Henry Fincher and Charles Curtiss to announce federal approval for a proposed new Interstate 40 interchange at Mine Lick Creek Road in Cookeville. The Federal Highway Administration has approved TDOT’s Interstate Access request for the proposed interchange after determining that the diamond interchange alternative to connect I-40 to U.S. Highway 70 North and eventually to State Route 136 is operationally acceptable. 
 

511 Receives 3 Millionth Call

Monday, October 11, 2010 | 09:45 am
Tennesseans and Travelers Turn to 511 Travel Information Line for Up to Date Roadway Information
  
NASHVILLE – More than three million people have turned to Tennessee 511 for travel information since the program launch in August 2006. On Friday, October 8, 2010 at 4:22 p.m. central time the 3,000,000th caller dialed 511 for information about Tennessee’s roadways and weather.
 
Drivers in Tennessee have been using Tennessee 511 in increasing numbers since TDOT debuted the system in 2006. Callers can access real-time traffic information on Tennessee’s interstate and state highways, weather conditions, Amber Alerts, TDOT’s Record-A-Comment phone line and the 511 systems in neighboring states, such as Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina. In March of this year, TDOT launched a new enhanced 511 service which now also provides information on rest areas, public transportation, airports and tourism.