Governor’s Highway Safety Office Launches SAFE Campaign

Friday, February 14, 2014 | 03:46 pm

Nashville, Tenn. - The Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) today launched a new highway safety campaign aimed at increasing seat belt usage across the state.  The SAFE Campaign (Seat Belts Are for Everyone) is designed to increase seat belt and child passenger safety restraint usage in Tennessee.  Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to participate in the campaign by planning and implementing occupant protection initiatives in their communities.

“Nationally, seat belt usage rates have increased steadily over time,” said Kendell Poole, Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.  “However, that’s not the case in Tennessee. In 2013, more than half of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities involved unrestrained drivers or passengers. The SAFE Campaign is designed to educate all drivers across the state about the importance of wearing seat belts.”

SR-153 Ramp in Hamilton County Reopens Following Emergency Repair

Friday, February 07, 2014 | 03:07 pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) reopened the State Route 153 ramp at Access Rd./Lake Resort Dr. to traffic at 3:00 p.m. EST today. 

The ramp had been partially closed since January 6 because of pavement failure and totally closed since January 27 after an emergency repair contract for $455,346.25 was awarded to Highways, Inc. 

During the ramp closure, the contractor excavated and rebuilt the entire slope and roadway and addressed drainage issues.  Once the work was completed, TDOT Operations crews paved the newly repaired portion of the ramp and installed pavement markings and guardrail.  Later this spring after the weather warms up and our crews are able to obtain hot mix asphalt, the entire ramp will be repaved.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk This Super Bowl Sunday

Friday, January 31, 2014 | 11:00 am

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Titans and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security are once again teaming up to remind Tennessee football fans that real Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk this Super Bowl weekend. 

“We want you to have a good time but more importantly we want you to be safe,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “If you’re going to drink let someone else drive you home. It’s that simple. Everyone thinks it won’t happen to them and it always happens to somebody. Don’t be that somebody.”

TDOT Awards Emergency Repair Contract for SR-153 Ramp in Hamilton County

Friday, January 24, 2014 | 03:34 pm

Work will require total closure of the entire ramp for several days

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation opened bids and awarded a contract today for the emergency repair of the State Route 153 ramp from Access Rd./Lake Resort Dr. to SR 153 North that has been closed since January 6 because of pavement failure.  The contract was awarded to Highways, Inc. of Brentwood, Tennessee for the amount of $455,346.25. 

Work will begin on Monday, January 27 and the target date for reopening the ramp is Friday, February 7, 2014.

Gov. Haslam Declares State of Emergency to Ensure Propane Availability to Heat Homes and Businesses

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 02:32 pm

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued Executive Order #35 today declaring a State of Emergency in Tennessee to exempt the federal Hours of Service requirements in the state for the transporting of propane during the next period of cold weather.

New 2014 State Maps Now Available

Friday, January 10, 2014 | 10:40 am

New 2014 State Maps Now Available

NASHVILLE – The official 2014 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available for travelers. This year’s map contains new information to assist motorists, including the recently completed State Route 385 in Shelby County.

TDOT Launches Yellow DOT Program

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 | 01:01 pm

January 8, 2014

TDOT Launches Yellow DOT Program

Stickers to Help First Responders Make Most of “Golden Hour”

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) today launched the Yellow DOT Program, which is designed to assist first responders in identifying vital medical information for senior drivers. The program features yellow stickers that are placed in the bottom left side of the rear window of vehicles and yellow envelopes containing a photo, medical history and prescription drug information for glove compartments.