Transportation

Students Prepare to Graduate from Recovery Act Funded Highway Worker Training Program

Monday, May 24, 2010 | 12:56 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – After weeks of classes and on-the-job training, several students of the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s “Career Express…The Job Training Fast Lane” program are graduating. The program, which is operated by LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation (LOCCDC), is funded through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is administered by TDOT’s Office of Civil Rights Division. The fourth graduating class of the Career Express Program will receive  diplomas at a graduation ceremony at the newly opened Soulsville USA Towne Center on May 26, 2010. The Center is located at 915 East McLemore.  The keynote speaker for the ceremony is the Honorable George Little, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Memphis. 
 

I-24 East in Grundy County Reopens to Traffic

Saturday, May 22, 2010 | 12:07 pm

Sinkhole Repairs Complete at Mile Marker 127 near Coffee County Line

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – I-24 East at mile marker 127 in Grundy County near the Coffee County Line is now open to traffic.  The roadway reopened at approximately 6:00 a.m. CT Saturday, May 22.  I-24 had been closed for several days as a result of a massive sinkhole that developed suddenly on the morning of Tuesday, May 18.

U.S. 129 Rockslide Update for May 21

Friday, May 21, 2010 | 09:55 pm
Trim blast removes unstable rock on May 21, 2010
Trim blast removes unstable rock on May 21, 2010
More than 1400 tons of rock falls after trim blast
More than 1400 tons of rock falls after trim blast
Third trim blast in Blount County continues to rapidly remove unstable rocks
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. used a third trim blast on Friday to focus on the remaining unstable rock on the slide area over U.S. 129/SR 115 in Blount County. 

TDOT Awards Emergency Repair Contract for Highway 31-E in Sumner County

Friday, May 21, 2010 | 01:17 pm
TDOT initiates an emergency contract to repair this landslide on US 31 E in Sumner County.
TDOT initiates an emergency contract to repair this landslide on US 31 E in Sumner County.
The landslide was caused when heavy rains saturated the area.
The landslide was caused when heavy rains saturated the area.
NASHVILLE – An emergency repair contract is now in place to stabilize and repair a section of Highway 31-E near Westmoreland in Sumner County impacted by a landslide following heavy rains in the area. TDOT awarded a $1.7 million emergency repair contract to Civil Constructors on Thursday, May 20. The contractor is on site today inspecting the damage and will begin mobilizing equipment to the site this weekend.
 

Section of US 31 in Williamson County to Reopen Friday

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 04:12 pm
NASHVILLE – All travel lanes on a portion of US 31 in Williamson County near State Route 840 will be open to traffic by 6:00 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2010. The northbound lanes have been closed for several days as repairs to a large sinkhole were completed. The sinkhole, which was approximately 26 feet deep and 25 feet wide, developed following the recent flooding in Middle Tennessee.
 

Tennessee Recognized for Efforts to Become a More Bicycle Friendly State

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 11:25 am
A bicyclist and jogger cross a bike/ped bridge in Chattanooga.
A bicyclist and jogger cross a bike/ped bridge in Chattanooga.
Tennessee Moves Up 19 Positions in Most Bicycle Friendly States Ranking
 
NASHVILLE – As Tennesseans celebrate National Bike to Work Week a new ranking shows they now have more bike friendly paths and roadways to travel. The League of American Cyclists recently announced their third annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings. Tennessee jumped an astounding 19 spots in one year. The state moved to 24th place this year from a ranking of 43rd in the 2009 report. 
 
“I’m pleased to see this marked improvement in Tennessee’s bicycle friendly ranking, but there is much work left to do,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “Clearly one area where improvement is needed is educating the public about safe bicycling and driving practices.”
 

Interstate Repairs to Slow Traffic in Memphis and Henderson County This Weekend

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 10:53 am
JACKSON, Tenn. – Two separate construction projects will result in travel delays in Memphis and Henderson County this weekend. Work is underway to complete the final demolition of the existing State Route 104 Bridge over Interstate-40 in Henderson County.  Meanwhile, crews working on I-55 will repair a flurry of potholes created by the recent heavy rains and flooding.
 

I-65 Reduced to One Lane in Sumner County this Weekend for Bridge Repair

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 09:33 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will reduce Interstate 65 North and South in Sumner County to one lane this weekend as repairs to the bridges that cross over US 31W (Springfield Highway) continue. I-65 at mile marker 98 will be reduced to one lane in each direction from Friday, May 21, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. until Monday, May 24 at 6:00 a.m.