Transportation

East Tennessee Construction Report for May 8-14, 2014

Friday, May 09, 2014 | 08:15 am

ANDERSON COUNTY, SR 116 to SR 330 in Campbell County: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as crews perform work through this safety improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

Agencies Partner to Create Nation’s First Incident Management Training Facility

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 | 05:30 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Department of Transportation today broke ground on a first of its kind training facility. The Tennessee Traffic Incident Management Training Facility will be used to teach best practices for safe, quick clearance of major highway incidents.
When complete, the facility will feature a section of interstate-like roadway ranging from two to six lanes, guardrail, a two-way interchange, and concrete barrier rail, as well as a section of two lane highway and a full four way intersection.  The facility will be used to simulate a variety of crashes, and allow emergency responders to train on safe and efficient clearance techniques.

East Tennessee Construction Report for May 1-7, 2014

Thursday, May 01, 2014 | 03:04 pm

ANDERSON COUNTY, SR 116 to SR 330 in Campbell County: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as crews perform work through this safety improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

Commissioner Schroer Appoints New Director of Construction Division

Thursday, May 01, 2014 | 09:29 am

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer names Will Reid, P.E., as the Construction Division Director. In his new post, Reid will oversee the division which is responsible for preparing proposals and letting to contract all TDOT transportation highway and bridge projects. The Construction Division is also responsible for the pre-qualification of all contractors who perform TDOT projects. The division also approves all first tier subcontracts for road and bridge construction.


Traffic Shift Planned on I-65 South at I-24 East Merge in Davidson County

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 11:07 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews plan to shift traffic on I-65 southbound near the I-24 east merge in Nashville.   Between mile markers 86 and 88, lanes of travel will be reduced from four to three lanes to allow for the continued widening of this stretch of I-65.


Weather permitting; crews have tentatively scheduled to start implementing the lane reduction on Wednesday, April 30.


Once the new traffic pattern is in place, there will be three travel lanes from the I-65 S / I-24 E merge to just south of Trinity Lane. The new traffic pattern will be in place for the next several months, when traffic will be shifted again to complete the remaining new lanes in late fall. Northbound lanes on I-65 have been reduced to three lanes in this same area since the project began.


TDOT Announces New Community Relations Officer for Region Three

Monday, April 28, 2014 | 12:02 pm

Nashville – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer has appointed Heather Jensen as the Community Relations Officer for TDOT’s Region Three area, based in Nashville.  Jensen officially started Monday April 7, 2014.  Jensen takes over the position previously held by Deanna Lambert, who is now heading up a new video production unit in TDOT’s Community Relations Office.


Old State Route 109 Bridge Imploded April 25th

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 12:02 pm

GALLATIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews imploded the old State Route 109 Bridge over the Cumberland River in Sumner and Wilson counties on Friday, April 25th. Traffic on the newly constructed bridge was temporarily stopped for the bridge implosion.   Lanes were reopened to traffic shortly after the blast.

Gov. Haslam & TDOT Commissioner Schroer Announce Multimodal Access Fund Grants

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 11:55 am

Grants to Fund Improvement Projects in 13 Tennessee Communities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of $9.9 million in Multimodal Access Fund Grants to 13 communities across the state. The grants will fund infrastructure projects that support the transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists by addressing gaps along the state highway network.