I-24 Lane Closures in Hamilton County This Weekend for Bridge Deck Repairs

Friday, May 13, 2011 | 02:03 pm

Part of Major Resurfacing Project Underway in Downtown Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - TDOT continues work on a $5.3 million major resurfacing and repair project on I-24 from the Missionary Ridge Cut near South Crest Road at mile marker 183 to west of Chattanooga Creek near Moccasin Bend at mile marker 177.  The following work is scheduled to take place this weekend, weather permitting.

The contractor will have lane closures on I-24 East and West between mile markers 181 and 182 from Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m. through Monday, May 16 at 6 a.m. EDT.  Either one lane or two lanes will be closed for bridge deck repairs to three bridges in the ridge cut in downtown Chattanooga. The bridges are at mile marker 181.34 over Norfolk Southern Railroad, mile marker 181.43 over Dodds Avenue, and mile marker 181.53 over Westside Drive. Two lanes of traffic will be open except between the hours of 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. when only one lane may be available. 

I-40 in Arkansas Now Open

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 11:38 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Interstate 40 West has reopened after flood waters from the White River receded overnight. A section of the interstate at mile marker 216, which is about 80 miles west of Memphis, closed last week due to high water.
For more information on road conditions in Arkansas visit and go to Flood Information or call the Public Affairs Office at 501-569-2572.
In Tennessee, numerous state routes in Shelby, Lake and Dyer Counties remain closed as a result of floodwaters. TDOT expects the closures to remain in place for several days until flooding from the Mississippi River begins to recede.

TDOT Partners with FHWA to Ensure “Everyday Counts”

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 11:40 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is partnering with the Federal Highway Administration on a new program designed to shorten the time necessary to complete major highway projects.
FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez launched Every Day Counts (EDC) in November 2009 to bring a better, faster and smarter approach to highway and bridge construction. The objectives of EDC are three-fold: to shorten project delivery; to accelerate technology and innovation deployment; and to make FHWA a “greener,” more environmentally conscious Agency. 
The EDC initiative is designed to transform the way FHWA does business—and to encourage national partners and stakeholders to do the same. 

Flooding Causes Road Closures in Shelby County

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 02:54 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has closed a portion of State Route 3 (U.S. 51) in Shelby County due to flooding. Flood waters from the Loosahatchie Bottom have covered an approximate one mile section of SR 3 at Fite Road, about five miles south of State Route 385. The area will remain closed until the water recedes.
The detour routes are as follows:
  • From Millington to Memphis – State Route 385 East to State Route 14 South to I-40 (Exit 8)
  • From Memphis to Millington – I-40 (Exit 8) to State Route 14 North to State Route 385 West to State Route 3
On Interstate 40, Exit 2A to Millington and Exit 3 to Watkins Road are also closed.
Numerous other state routes in Dyer, Lake, and Lauderdale Counties are also closed as a result of rising flood waters. TDOT expects additional closures in these areas as the Mississippi River crests over the coming days.

Section of I-40 in Arkansas Closed Due to Flooding

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 | 03:32 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, flood waters along the White River in Arkansas east of Little Rock have reached Interstate 40 near Mile Marker 202. At the present time, the westbound lanes are closed due to high water. Closure of the eastbound lanes at this location is imminent and could occur within the next several hours.
Arkansas officials are closely monitoring water levels and will close additional travel lanes as waters rise. Here in Tennessee, TDOT has placed closure information on overhead message boards on interstates in Memphis and Nashville, as well as on the 5-1-1 motorist information line. Motorists traveling to Arkansas are advised to plan ahead and seek alternate routes.

Flooding Causes Outages to TDOT SmartWay Cameras in Memphis Area

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 | 02:49 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation wants to alert the public of significant outages to the TDOT SmartWay camera system in the Memphis area due to flooding along the Mississippi River. Approximately 30 cameras on Interstates 40 and 55 are off-line at this time, with outages possibly lasting as long as three weeks.  
The Mississippi River flooding is currently threatening the main center that feeds power to the cameras on I-40 and I-55 from West Memphis, Arkansas to the Mississippi River Bridge in Memphis. The power center has been shut down in an effort to salvage transformers, and electronic hardware is being removed from cameras in the path of the flood.

TDOT Cancels Bradley County Highway Design Public Meeting

Monday, May 02, 2011 | 08:58 am

Meeting to Discuss Whirlpool Corporation Industrial Access Road Will Be Rescheduled

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Because of continuing cleanup and recovery efforts in the tornado damaged areas of Cleveland and Bradley County, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has canceled the Highway Design Public Meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow evening, May 3. The meeting to

Haslam Issues Executive Order on Transportation of Emergency Supplies

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | 01:19 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued an executive order suspending certain provisions affecting vehicles carrying emergency equipment, services or supplies to support the emergency relief efforts for the severe storms and tornadoes that crossed Tennessee on April 25, 2011.

Governor and Commissioner Release Multi-modal Transportation Improvement Plan for 2011-2014

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 09:43 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer today released the three-year transportation program, which prioritizes a number of important improvements to Tennessee’s interstate system and continues funding for transit, rail, water and aviation programs. The three-year Multi-modal Work Program for 2011-2014 includes 182 transportation projects and programs, including 45 individual projects on interstates, 30 transit, water, rail & aviation initiatives, and 29 transportation programs serving Tennesseans across the state.
“A quality transportation system is vital to the continued growth of the state’s economy and increasing job opportunities for our residents,” said Governor Haslam. “The commissioner and I believe this three-year program balances the needs of communities across the state and makes solid investments in Tennessee’s infrastructure.”