TDOT Completes Survey of Townsend Right of Way Encroachments

Monday, October 04, 2010 | 02:31 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has completed the survey on state right-of-way encroachments in Townsend on U.S. 321. Individual information will be available Tuesday October 5, to each property owner for review. Information will be provided on how it affects each of those individual property owners’ encroachments.

Ray Rucker named TDOT Region Two Director

Monday, October 04, 2010 | 09:38 am
Ray Rucker - TDOT's New Region 2 Director
Ray Rucker - TDOT's New Region 2 Director

Long Time Employee Brings Knowledge and Experience to Position

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely has named Ray Rucker as the new Region Two Director. Rucker has been with TDOT for 40 years, and has held several positions during his tenure, including Regional Traffic Engineer and Regional Maintenance Manager. Most recently Rucker held the position of Assistant Region Two Director. Rucker takes over as Region Two Director after the recent retirement of Bob Brown, who spent 57 years with the department including 18 years as Region Two Director.

TDOT Awards Contract for the Henley Bridge Project

Friday, October 01, 2010 | 10:44 am
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced today that Britton Bridge, LLC. of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee will rehabilitate the historic Henley Bridge in Knoxville. TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the Henley Bridge to Britton Bridge, LLC. on Wednesday, September 29. Britton Bridge submitted the lowest of three bids for the major rehabilitation project at $24,696,969. 

TDOT Region Two Director Bob Brown Retires After 57 Years of Service

Thursday, September 30, 2010 | 03:35 pm
Outgoing Region Two Director Bob Brown
Outgoing Region Two Director Bob Brown

Future Regional Administration Building to be Named After Long Time Director

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – After 57 years on the job with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Bob Brown is retiring as TDOT Region Two Director effective October 1, 2010. Brown began his TDOT career in 1952 as a laborer and for the following 40 years he worked his way up through the ranks to become Regional Director in 1992. Regional directors oversee maintenance, construction, traffic engineering, design, right-of-way, material testing, and incident management in TDOT’s four regions of the state. 

New Ramps from Briley Parkway/White Bridge Road to I-40 West in Nashville to Open

Thursday, September 30, 2010 | 01:48 pm
NASHVILLE – Work continues to progress on the state’s second largest Recovery Act funded project. Two new ramps at the Interstate 40 – White Bridge Road/Briley Parkway Interchange will open this weekend. One of the ramps will take motorists from Briley Parkway South to Interstate 40 West. The other ramp provides new access to I-40 West from White Bridge Road.

TDOT “Green Island” Grant Funds B20 and E85 Pumps in Weakley County

Thursday, September 30, 2010 | 11:29 am
Grant Provides Funds for Retail Biofuel Pumps at Fueling Station in Dresden
JACKSON, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials joined members of the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce today to officially open new biofuel pumps at the Volunteer fueling station in Dresden. The new ethanol (E85) and biodiesel (B20) pumps were installed through a grant awarded to Weakley County Gas and Oil through TDOT’s Green Island Corridor Network program.  Currently, the Volunteer fueling station is the only station offering either E85 or B20 in the West Tennessee area.  The next closest station to offer both biofuels is off I-40 at Exit 172 in Dickson.

TDOT Asks: What Was Your Bicycling Experience?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | 10:31 am
TDOT Asks Bicycle Riders to Rate their Biking Experience along Tennessee Highways
NASHVILLE – As bicyclists across Tennessee prepare to hit the roads to enjoy the state’s beautiful fall scenery, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is asking bike riders to rate their experiences bicycling on the state’s highways.   The new online survey will be used as TDOT officials work to update the state bike route network. Input from the survey will help guide the department in developing a comprehensive bicycling network, assess state routes with respect to bicycle suitability, and determine future action items relevant to furthering the goals of TDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian plan.
In order to provide meaningful connections to cyclists’ destinations, TDOT invites the public to participate in the online survey by October 30, 2010. The survey is available on TDOT’s website at

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Retrofit Project Update for September 27

Monday, September 27, 2010 | 04:10 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Work is now underway on the final phase of a project to install new seismic bridge joints along the Interstate 40 Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis. Crews launched Phase 3 of the I-40 seismic retrofit work on Sunday, a full three weeks ahead of schedule, by closing the westbound entrance ramp from Riverside Drive/Front Street to I-40. 

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Retrofit Project Update for September 23

Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 11:06 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews have safely and successfully installed three new seismic expansion joints on the three bridge piers. The contractor has poured two concrete bridge decks back in place and is preparing to pour the last bridge deck this weekend.
The contractor completed Phase 2 early and will be beginning Phase 3 three weeks early. Sixteen days into the 71 day job, crews have safely removed all three of the old bridge joints, and successfully replaced all three of those joints with a seismically retrofitted expansion joint to prepare this bridge for a 7.7 magnitude earthquake.