Transportation

Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi Transportation Departments to Release New National Report on Growing Freight Transportation Needs

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 | 01:25 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Home to the world’s busiest cargo airport, fourth largest inland port, five Class I railroads and several major interstates and highways, the movement of freight into and out of Memphis is a multi-billion dollar industry. On Thursday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m. CT, Tennessee will be one of three states to host the national release of a critical new national report on the state of America’s freight transportation system. Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely will join Arkansas State Highways and Transportation Department Director Dan Flowers and numerous local and state officials and industry representatives to release the new report Unlocking Freight
 

Corridor K Transportation Planning Report Completed

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 | 10:33 am
Approved TPR Available for Review on Project Website
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – An approved Transportation Planning Report (TPR) for the Corridor K project in southeastern Tennessee is now complete and is available for public review on the Tennessee Department of Transportation website at Corridor K TPR. The TPR is intended to establish the immediate and long-term needs for the proposed Corridor K from west of the Ocoee River to SR-68
near Ducktown in Polk County and is part of TDOT’s overall planning process. The report assesses how the considered options fulfill the purpose and need of the project and also documents the planning process that has been implemented for the proposed Corridor K.

TDOT Officially Opens State’s First Recovery Act Project

Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 10:10 am
Recovery Act Funds Used to Replace Three Aging Timber Bridges
 
JACKSON, Tenn. –Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined state and local leaders in Gibson County to officially reopen McMurry Road after the reconstruction of three bridges along the roadway. The bridge replacement project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was the first Recovery Act project to get underway. Today, it is also the site of the first ribbon cutting for a Recovery Act funded project in Tennessee.
 

Construction Won’t Slow July 4th Travelers in Tennessee

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | 02:46 pm

No Construction Related Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways July 2 - 6
 
NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow travelers through Tennessee this July 4th holiday weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon on Friday, July 2, 2010.
 

U.S. 129 Slide Repair Update for June 30

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | 12:30 pm
Crews are hauling away more than 4,500 tons of material away from the site.
Crews are hauling away more than 4,500 tons of material away from the site.
Scaling and hauling continue at rockslide repair site
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Workers on the U.S. 129/State Route 115 slide repair project in Blount County continue hauling away tons of rock and debris from the rockslide area after a series of recent trim blasts. On Saturday, a fourth trim blast on an area of unstable rock on the west end of the slope brought down approximately 4,500 tons of rock and debris. 

New Loop Ramp Open to Traffic at Exit 11 in Hamilton County

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 11:19 am
Temporary Slip Ramp on Hilltop Drive Now Closed
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Drivers in the Ooltewah area now have another way to access I-75 South at the Ooltewah interchange. TDOT opened a new loop ramp to traffic this morning, giving those traveling on west Lee Highway (US-11)  their own free-flowing ramp to access I-75 South. Traffic coming from
Hunter and Mountain View Roads will continue to use the current on-ramp, but there will no longer be a conflict with traffic accessing the interstate from the other direction. 

TDOT Selects “No Build” Option on Knoxville Parkway Project

Friday, June 25, 2010 | 12:55 pm
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely announces no build decision to Knoxville TPO and Community Resource Team
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely announces no build decision to Knoxville TPO and Community Resource Team
Orange Route Project Terminated Due to Changes in Traffic Needs and Cost
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today announced that TDOT will not build the Knoxville Parkway Project, also known as State Route 475 and the Orange Route. The Commissioner cited recent traffic studies and cost as reasons behind the decision to select the “no build” option. The “no build” option is included in all environmental studies conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act. This is the first time in recent history the department has selected the “no build” option.
 

U.S. 129 Slide Repair Update for June 22

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 03:59 pm
Drilling operations for a future trim blast continue
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. continues to drill on an area that has become a trouble spot in the rockslide repairs on U.S. 129/SR-115. Crews are drilling holes in an unstable rock mass that continues to move, but has not fallen off the slope. Low impact explosives will be put into the holes for another trim blast of the area. Last week's trim blast removed more than 2,100 tons of rock. However, a large section of unstable rock continues to hang over the roadway.
 

Oversized Generator Transport Route, Days 4-6

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 08:42 am
The large generator moves along through East Tennessee on its way to Virginia.
The large generator moves along through East Tennessee on its way to Virginia.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Motorists in Grainger and Claiborne Counties in Tennessee as well as Lee County, Virginia should expect delays on some state routes this week as a large generator is slowly transported by Barnhart Crane and Rigging Company through East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Tuesday, June 22 through Thursday, June 24.