Transportation

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.

Reconstructed Section of Highway 109 in Sumner County Opens to Traffic

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 11:56 am
NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined state and local officials in Sumner County today as a reconstructed portion of Highway 109 was opened to traffic. The $27.9 million project widened a two mile section of the roadway and also reconstructed the narrow, steep conditions along the ridge near Portland.
 
"Highway 109 has been identified as a strategic corridor connecting several communities in Middle Tennessee," said Commissioner Nicely. "The completion of this project marks major progress in TDOT's efforts to increase capacity and safety along this entire route."
 

Oversized Generator Transport Days 1-3 through Knox, Hamblen, Grainger Counties

Friday, June 18, 2010 | 04:09 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Motorists in Knox, Jefferson and Hamblen Counties should expect delays on some state routes this weekend as a large generator is slowly transported by Barnhart Crane and Rigging Company through East Tennessee.
 
The generator and transportation rigging is a minimum of 22.2 feet wide, more than 365 feet long and will take up at least two travel lanes as it moves through northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. The hauling rig, trucks and generator combined weight is an estimated 640 tons.   In order to safely move the massive structure, crews will only drive between 8 to 10 miles per hour with law enforcement escorting the load.

U.S. 129 Slide Repair Update for June 17

Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 09:15 am
Trim blast to bring down unstable rock on June 16
Trim blast to bring down unstable rock on June 16

Trim blast on unstable area brings down a portion of the mass
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Crews working to remove and repair a rockslide on U.S. 129/SR-115 in Blount County continue to pump water onto a mass of unstable rock above the roadway. Workers conducted a trim blast on the area Wednesday night and are in the process of developing a drilling plan for more blasts to remove the unstable area of rock. Emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. estimates it could take a series of at least three trim blasts to remove the fractured rock.