Transportation

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.
 

TDOT Announces Project to Improve I-26 Interchange at State Route 75

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 10:50 am
Proposed Improvements Approved by FHWA
 
 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Tuesday, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely along with Representative Dale Ford and House Speaker Kent Williams announced federal approval for a proposed project to improve the I-26 interchange at State Route 75 in Gray, Tennessee. The Federal Highway Administration has approved a study showing the need for a project to improve access and safety at the Interstate 26 interchange with State Route 75. The interchange modification project will be designed to improve traffic and safety concerns.
 

Speed Limit Reduced on Vietnam Veterans Boulevard (State Route 386)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 09:15 am
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will lower the speed limit on a large portion of Vietnam Veterans Boulevard (State Route 386) beginning Thursday, July 22, 2010. The speed limit will be reduced from 70 mph to 65 mph from the Davidson-Sumner County line near Mansker Creek to Greenlea Boulevard near Gallatin. Beyond Greenlea Boulevard, the incremental speed reductions already in place will remain. The speed limit on the stretch of Vietnam Veterans Boulevard from Interstate 65 to the Sumner County line will stay at 70 mph.

Recovery Act Funds Help to Open New Carter County Bridge

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 09:04 am
Traffic Flowing on Two Lane Bridge Two Months Ahead of Schedule
  
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined House Speaker Kent Williams and other state and local leaders today to officially open the new bridge over the Watauga River in the Siam community of Carter County. Traffic is already flowing on a new 2 lane concrete bridge that replaced a one lane steel structure originally built in 1941. The $1.55 million project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was one of the first ARRA construction projects in the state.
 

Major Closures on I-40 Bridge Over Mississippi River Begin August 3

Friday, July 16, 2010 | 11:03 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews are preparing to conduct a number of major lane closures as work to seismically retrofit the Interstate 40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River continues. Crews will be replacing a large seismic joint on three bridge piers near Exit 1 in Memphis beginning August 3, 2010. The work will be broken into three phases. Phase One will begin August 3, 2010 and includes the total closure of the I-40 eastbound off ramp at exit 1 for three weeks. Phase Two and Three will last from September 7, 2010 until mid-November and will involve the reduction of I-40 to one lane in each direction for 71 days. 
 

U.S. 129/State Route 115 in Blount County Opens Ahead of Schedule

Friday, July 09, 2010 | 02:32 pm
U.S. 129 repaired repaved and restriped after rockslide
U.S. 129 repaired repaved and restriped after rockslide
Rockslide repairs finished nearly a month early in Blount County
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – All lanes of U.S. 129/State Route 115 are now open allowing traffic to flow freely from Blount County, Tennessee into North Carolina three weeks earlier than anticipated.
First motorists drive through U.S. 129 opened on July 9, 2010
First motorists drive through U.S. 129 opened on July 9, 2010
 
Crews finished paving, striping, and installing guard rail and reopened the roadway at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, July 9.
 
TDOT offered a $195,000 incentive to the contractor if the roadway opened by July 1, 2010. However, work on an unstable rock mass which began to slide on June 2 hindered the contractor from receiving the full incentive. Emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. will receive $136,500 for finishing three weeks ahead of the estimated completion date of July 31.

TDOT Teams with AASHTO, DOT Neighbors to Release National Freight Report

Thursday, July 08, 2010 | 12:52 pm
L-R: Arnold Perl, Fred Mudge, Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Director Dan Flowers, Pamela Marshall, Dexter Muller, Paul Summers, Randy Richardson
L-R: Arnold Perl, Fred Mudge, Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Director Dan Flowers, Pamela Marshall, Dexter Muller, Paul Summers, Randy Richardson
 
Report Identifies Projects to Improve Freight Delivery & Dependability
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and transportation leaders from Arkansas and Mississippi in Memphis for the release of a new report on the nation’s freight system. The “Unlocking Freight” report identifies key projects in 30 states, including Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas, which would improve freight delivery and dependability. 

U.S. 129 Slide Repair Update for July 7

Thursday, July 08, 2010 | 10:25 am
A look at the rockslide site. Work on the U.S. 129 rockslide is expected to wrap up this week.
A look at the rockslide site. Work on the U.S. 129 rockslide is expected to wrap up this week.
Rockslide repairs expected to be finished this week
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Crews are working on the final phase of the rockslide repairs on U.S. 129/State Route 115 in Blount County and plan to reopen the road completely this weekend, three weeks ahead of schedule.
 
Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. finished with the scaling operations on the slide area the weekend of July 3 and 4. A total of 236 truckloads of rock were removed from the site over the course of a week. Installation of the wire mesh in the slide area was completed on Tuesday. 
 

Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi Transportation Departments to Release New National Report on Growing Freight Transportation Needs

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 | 01:25 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Home to the world’s busiest cargo airport, fourth largest inland port, five Class I railroads and several major interstates and highways, the movement of freight into and out of Memphis is a multi-billion dollar industry. On Thursday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m. CT, Tennessee will be one of three states to host the national release of a critical new national report on the state of America’s freight transportation system. Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely will join Arkansas State Highways and Transportation Department Director Dan Flowers and numerous local and state officials and industry representatives to release the new report Unlocking Freight