Transportation

TDOT Opens New Henley Bridge Project Community Center

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 | 09:31 am
The new Henley Bridge Project Community Center at 220 East Blount Avenue will provide a central location to obtain information about the project. It will also serve as the headquarters for the constuction inspection personnel.
The new Henley Bridge Project Community Center at 220 East Blount Avenue will provide a central location to obtain information about the project. It will also serve as the headquarters for the constuction inspection personnel.
Center Provides Public a Central Location to Receive Project Information
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today officially opened TDOT’s new Henley Bridge Project Community Center. The new community center will provide a central location for community members, business owners and motorists to obtain information about the project, to learn more about the detours around the bridge closure and to receive updates on work to repair the bridge. The new center is located at 220 East Blount Avenue across the street from the old Baptist Hospital and will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
 

TDOT to Meet with Business Owners in Sevier County About Phase Two of Improving 66 Project

Monday, September 20, 2010 | 10:46 am
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is hosting a stakeholders meeting on Monday, September 20, 2010 to share details of phase two of the Improving 66 project with businesses within the scope of the project. The meeting will be held at the Double Play Café at Smokies Stadium off of Exit 407 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
 
Shortly after phase one of Improving 66 in Sevierville started, TDOT hosted a similar meeting with business owners on August 13, 2009.
 

Henley Bridge Project One Step Closer to Construction

Friday, September 17, 2010 | 12:59 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is one step closer to finalizing a contract for the reconstruction of the Henley Bridge. TDOT received bids from three prequalified contractors and the apparent low bidder is Britton Bridge, LLC with a bid of $24,696,969.47. The contract will not be formally awarded until a review of all bids has been completed.
 
Meanwhile, a website has been created to find out more about the project and the detours. You can get more details at www.tn.gov/henley
 
The Henley Bridge Community Center grand opening will be on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 220 East Blount Avenue. 

New Flyover Ramp at I-40 & Briley Parkway Opens

Friday, September 17, 2010 | 09:33 am
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely & Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez open the new flyover at I-40 East and White Bridge Road.
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely & Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez open the new flyover at I-40 East and White Bridge Road.
The first vehicles travel the new flyover ramp to Briley Parkway North.
The first vehicles travel the new flyover ramp to Briley Parkway North.
Opening Marks Major Milestone in State’s 2nd Largest Recovery Act Funded Project
 
NASHVILLE – TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, Mayor Karl Dean, State Senator Douglas Henry, and other state and local officials in Nashville today to celebrate the opening of the new flyover ramp from Interstate 40 East to Briley Parkway in west Nashville. The $32 million interchange modification project is being totally funded through money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
 

Governor Bredesen Awards $14.9 Million in Highway Safety Grants

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | 03:41 pm
291 Agencies to Receive Funds to Improve Safety on Tennessee Roadways
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today announced more than $14.9 million in highway safety grants to 291 agencies across Tennessee.
 
For a complete list and description of each grant, visit www.tn.gov/tdot//news/2010/ghso.htm  and click on the grant recipient’s name.
 

Tennessee Law Enforcement Agencies Earn Statewide, National Honors

Monday, September 13, 2010 | 10:19 am
57 Awards Earned by Agencies from Across the State
 
NASHVILLE –The Tennessee Department of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Office announced the winners of the 6th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge at an event on Friday, September 10.  This year’s winners included agencies from across the state including 13 national awards. The Law Enforcement Challenge is presented to law enforcement agencies across the state by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
 

I-40 Bridge over the Mississippi River Reduced to One Lane In Both Directions

Tuesday, September 07, 2010 | 10:10 am
Phase Two Now Underway; I-40 East and West Reduced to One Lane until Mid-November
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews working on the Interstate 40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge seismic retrofit project have now begun the process of reducing I-40 to one lane in both directions. The bridge over the Mississippi will be reduced to one lane in each direction until mid-November to allow workers to install large seismic bridge joints near Exit 1. This is phase 2 of a three phase project to seismically retrofit the bridge to withstand a magnitude 7.7 earthquake.
 

Lane Closures on I-40 Bridge Over the Mississippi River Begin September 7

Thursday, September 02, 2010 | 02:00 pm
The famous "M" Bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction beginning September 7 while crews work to install a new seismic bridge joint.
The famous "M" Bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction beginning September 7 while crews work to install a new seismic bridge joint.
I-40 Bridge to be Reduced to One Lane in Each Direction
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Workers with the Tennessee Department of Transportation will reduce the Interstate 40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River near Memphis to one lane in each direction for approximately two months, beginning 9:00 a.m., September 7, 2010. Crews must reduce traffic on both the east and westbound side of the bridge to one lane in order to safely install a new seismic expansion joint along bridge piers located near the Riverside Drive exit. Located only sixty miles south of the New Madrid Fault, TDOT is reinforcing this nearly forty-year-old structure to be earthquake resistant.
 

No Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, September 01, 2010 | 08:55 am
Construction Won’t Slow Holiday Travelers
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the busy Labor Day holiday travel period.  More than 600,000 Tennesseans are expected to travel by car this holiday.
 
Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, September 3 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.