Tennessee's First Diverging Diamond Interchange to Open

Monday, December 13, 2010 | 12:30 pm
Diverging Diamond Interchange
Diverging Diamond Interchange
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In an effort to conserve land, capitalize on three travel lanes, and save time and money, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the city of Alcoa teamed up to build the state’s first diverging diamond interchange. On Tuesday, December 14 the new interchange will be fully opened to traffic. 

Portion of State Route 249 Damaged in May Floods Reopens to Traffic

Friday, December 10, 2010 | 04:11 pm
NASHVILLE – A Middle Tennessee roadway heavily damaged by the May floods has reopened following major repairs. A section of State Route 249 in Cheatham County was closed in late August to repair a landslide that caused part of the roadway to collapse and slide down a steep embankment. During the closure, TDOT contract crews reconstructed the road, cleared flood debris from a nearby stream, and added new drainage structures.

Unique Diverging Diamond Interchange to Open in Alcoa

Friday, December 10, 2010 | 03:53 pm

Interchange is One of Only Five in Use in America

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials will join the city of Alcoa to officially open a new Diverging Diamond Interchange that connects U.S. 129/SR-115 to Middlesettlements Road and Bessemer Street. The interchange will be one of only five open to traffic in the United States and is the first Diverging Diamond Interchange in Tennessee.

Embankment Slide Repairs to be Finished on State Route 116 in Anderson County

Friday, December 10, 2010 | 03:30 pm
TDOT crews rebuild eroded embankment
TDOT crews rebuild eroded embankment
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – All lanes on State Route 116 near the Anderson and Campbell County line will re-open by 5:00 p.m. this afternoon. 
On November 30, Tennessee Department of Transportation crews closed the northbound lane of State Route 116 after approximately 150 feet of roadway was washed away. Flaggers directed traffic around the lane closure around the clock during the closure. Meanwhile, TDOT crews quickly rebuilt the embankment eroded by rising creek levels due to drenching rains. 

TDOT Hosting Informational Community Meeting at South Doyle Middle School

Friday, December 10, 2010 | 03:13 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – With less than three weeks left before the closure of the Henley Bridge at 12:01 a.m. on January 3, 2011, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will host an informational community meeting at South Doyle Middle School on Tuesday, December 14 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. This will be the final community meeting regarding the project that will close the Henley Bridge from 24 to 30 months.

Tennessee Remembers Victims of Impaired Driving

Wednesday, December 08, 2010 | 03:00 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole joined numerous state and local law enforcement agencies and safety advocates tonight to remind Tennesseans about the dangers of driving impaired this holiday season. 
As a visual reminder of the severe result of impaired driving, 303 luminaries glowed on the Bicentennial Mall State Map in remembrance of those killed in alcohol related crashes in 2009. The lights were positioned inside the counties in which the fatal crashes occurred. 

Public Service Announcement Campaign on Henley Bridge Closure Begins

Monday, December 06, 2010 | 01:46 pm
Coach Pat Summitt with TDOT team
Coach Pat Summitt with TDOT team
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A familiar face for basketball fans all over the country is helping to deliver an important message for motorists accustomed to using the Henley Bridge in downtown Knoxville. At 12:01 a.m. on January 3, 2011, the Tennessee Department of Transportation will close the Henley Bridge for approximately 24 to 30 months, for an extensive rehabilitation project. To help explain the project detour to area citizens TDOT enlisted the help of University of Tennessee Lady Vols Head Coach Pat Summitt.