Transportation

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.

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.