Transportation

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.

U.S. Hwy. 41 Truss Bridge in Marion County Open

Friday, October 08, 2010 | 04:33 pm

Bridge over Tennessee River at Nickajack Open After Repairs Made

Chattanooga, Tenn. –TDOT bridge repair crews have completed repairs to the bridge on U.S. Hwy. 41 over the Tennessee River at Nickajack in Marion County, and it will reopen to traffic by 5:00 p.m. CDT. Bridge inspectors discovered an area of corroded steel yesterday during a routine inspection that necessitated closure of the bridge for repair and further evaluation. Crews made the necessary repairs today and completed the inspection, which yielded no additional problem areas. 

TDOT Invites Student Artists to Help Celebrate “50 Years of Human Space Flight”

Friday, October 08, 2010 | 11:52 am
This poster created by Knoxville Student Zeth Akins placed second in both the 2009 national and international competitions.
This poster created by Knoxville Student Zeth Akins placed second in both the 2009 national and international competitions.
Annual International Aviation Art Contest
Open to Youth Ages 6-17
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is inviting Tennessee students age six to 17 to participate in the annual International Aviation Art Contest. This year’s theme is “50 Years of Human Space Flight” and all artwork will be judged, in part, for its creative use of the theme in relation to the aviation world. The deadline for entries is January 14, 2011.
 
“In 50 years we’ve gone from watching the first space shuttle take flight to watching and interacting with astronauts inside the International Space Station,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “This contest is designed to motivate and encourage more students to study aeronautics, engineering and science and I have no doubt this year’s contest will produce more national winners from Tennessee.”
 

Bridge Repair Work on Interstate 240 to Close Lanes in Shelby County

Friday, October 08, 2010 | 11:44 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Bridge Repair Crews will reduce I-240 from six lanes to four lanes where Poplar Avenue crosses I-240 for bridge repair each day the week of October 11.  Beginning Monday, October 11, 2010 through Friday, October 15, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. crews will close two westbound lanes each day in order to safely repair concrete underneath the bridge.  
 

U.S. Hwy. 41 Truss Bridge over Tennessee River in Marion County Closed for Evaluation

Thursday, October 07, 2010 | 04:54 pm

Chattanooga, Tenn. –TDOT bridge inspectors have temporarily closed the bridge on U.S. Hwy. 41 over the Tennessee River at Nickajack in Marion County. During a routine inspection today inspectors discovered an area of corroded steel that needs further evaluation and closed the bridge to traffic as a precautionary measure until temporary repairs can be made. The bridge will remain closed until further notice. Detours are posted.

Governor Bredesen Announces $13.2 Million in Grants for Five Tennessee Airports

Thursday, October 07, 2010 | 02:44 pm
Grants awarded through TDOT’s Aeronautics Division
 
NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen announced $13.2 million in federal and state aeronautics grants today to fund improvements at five commercial and general aviation airports in Tennessee.
 
Airports receiving federal and state aeronautics grants include:
(click on the link for a detailed press release on each grant)

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Retrofit Project Update for October 7

Thursday, October 07, 2010 | 09:54 am
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, and crews are now pouring new concrete bridge decks.  Preparations are now underway to continue to extract the remaining old bridge joints.

I-40/Hernando DeSoto Seismic Retrofit Project Update for October 4

Monday, October 04, 2010 | 03:01 pm
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews working to seismically retrofit the I-40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis have safely and successfully removed two of the six bridge joints on the outside lanes of the bridge as Phase Three of the project progresses. Installation of new seismic expansion joints has begun, and new concrete bridge decks are being poured beginning today.  Preparations are also underway to remove a third and fourth bridge deck in order to extract the old bridge joints.
 

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.