TDOT to Adjust Snow & Ice Strategy

Friday, January 21, 2011 | 01:15 pm
TDOT salting state routes
TDOT salting state routes
Diminished salt supplies force shift in tactics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. An earlier, colder and snowier winter season has the Tennessee Department of Transportation implementing new strategies to conserve resources during snow and ice removal operations. Winter weather started affecting Tennessee roads in November of last year and TDOT’s arsenal of salt is being used at a faster rate than our supplier can replenish reserves.

TDOT Announces the Southern Gateway Project

Thursday, January 13, 2011 | 12:05 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn.– The Tennessee Department of Transportation is beginning the initial planning and environmental studies for the Southern Gateway project to study a possible future connection across the Mississippi River in the Memphis area. The Southern Gateway project purpose is to improve cross-river travel for both people and freight and to improve transportation connections through Memphis to the tri-state region and the nation. The Southern Gateway is a project with national significance.

New 2011 State Maps Now Available

Thursday, January 13, 2011 | 11:32 am
NASHVILLE– The official 2011 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available to assist travelers in their planning efforts.
“Even as motorists use other tools such as smart phones and GPS systems, state maps will continue to be important in assisting motorists in their travels across our state and reaching a destination,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. 

Design Public Meeting in Grainger County Canceled Due to Weather

Thursday, January 13, 2011 | 09:21 am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Due to inclement weather, the design public meeting regarding a proposed project on U.S. 11W/State Route 1 from Rutledge to Helton Road in Grainger County has been canceled. The meeting was scheduled for Thursday, January 13 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Grainger County High School. The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.

Informational Community Meeting Regarding Wolf Creek Bridge is Canceled

Monday, January 10, 2011 | 10:59 am
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Due to inclement weather, the informational community meeting regarding the Wolf Creek Bridge project located on US 25/70 State Route 9 is canceled. The meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, January 11 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Hot Springs, North Carolina Welcome Center at 106 Bridge Street. The meeting will be rescheduled, but no date has been set yet.

511 Closes Out 2010 with Record Number of Calls

Friday, January 07, 2011 | 03:28 pm
More than 186,000 callers turn to 511 for information in December 2010.
More than 186,000 callers turn to 511 for information in December 2010.
NASHVILLE – More than 186,000 people turned to Tennessee 511 for travel information in December 2010. The monthly total breaks the previous record of 179,992 calls to the service, which was set in May 2010 when devastating floods impacted much of the state. Since the program launch in August 2006, 3.2 million calls were received by 511 for information about Tennessee’s roadways and weather.

Henley Bridge Week One Progress

Friday, January 07, 2011 | 12:01 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – While work continues on the Henley Bridge, motorists are adjusting to the detour around the closure. Since the bridge closed on January 3, an additional five detour signs have been added to the route and an additional electronic message board was installed to indicate motorists must use the right two lanes to turn from Chapman Highway to Moody Avenue. Additional temporary curbing was also installed to alert motorists to the additional right turn lane.