Transportation

U.S. 129 Slide Repair Update for June 15

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 04:41 pm
Workers drill an area of unstable rock above U.S. Highway 129 in Blount County
Workers drill an area of unstable rock above U.S. Highway 129 in Blount County
Trim blasting to resume on unstable rock mass
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Crews working to clear and stabilize a rockslide site along U.S. 129/SR-115 in Blount County resumed drilling for a future trim blast on an area of unstable rock today. The unstable rock began to move significantly on June 2 as crews drilled in the area. The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s emergency contractor, Pacific Blasting and Demolition Ltd., used water to saturate and lubricate the unstable mass of rock located along the west end of the slope in hopes the mass would fall on its own. At this time, movement of the rock mass is not significant, so crews are using a specialized crane to drill the area from the side to avoid any potential falling rock. Workers also constructed a berm in front of the crane to protect the operator while drilling the unstable area. Once drilling is complete, workers will insert low impact explosives into the mountainside for trim blasting later this week. Multiple blasts may be needed to remove the entire unstable rock area.
 

Governor Bredesen Announces $2.6 million in Safe Routes to School Grants

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 10:55 am
15 Municipalities Receive Funds to Encourage Elementary and Middle School Students to Walk and Bike
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced Safe Routes to School funding totaling $2,650,402 for fifteen municipalities in Tennessee. The funds will be used by multiple schools to improve sidewalks, crosswalks, signs and safe walking and biking educational activities. The Safe Routes to School program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
 

U.S. 129 Slide Repair Update for June 10

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 03:59 pm
Water Pumping Continues, but Trim Blasting Could Follow
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Crews on the U.S. 129/SR-115 rockslide repair and removal project in Blount Count are working to install more rock bolts and hang new sections of wire mesh despite a series of storms carrying strong winds and lightning through the area.
 

Stabilization Operations Continue on Blount County Rockslide

Tuesday, June 08, 2010 | 04:22 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Crews will spend the next few days installing and grouting rock bolts that will be used to stabilize the site of a rockslide that failed on March 14 and resulted in the closure of U.S. 129/SR-115. Emergency contractor Pacific Blasting and Demolition Ltd. spent the weekend drilling holes for the rock bolts and as of today, crews have installed 41 of the anchors. Workers should finish grouting the bolts for this section of the slide area on Wednesday. They will also be working Wednesday to hang a second section of wire mesh at the site. Drilling will continue throughout the week for installation of more rock bolts.

Water Pumping Begins on U.S. 129 Rockslide in Blount County

Saturday, June 05, 2010 | 06:08 pm
Kerry Jager monitors the movement of the unstable rock mass
Kerry Jager monitors the movement of the unstable rock mass
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Water pumping operations have started at the rockslide area on U.S. 129/SR-115 in Blount County. Emergency contractor Pacific Blasting and Demolition Ltd is using water to saturate and lubricate an unstable rock mass that started shifting this week. The procedure is used to safely cause the rock mass to slip and break away from the mountainside and fall. 
 
Since the unstable rock began to move on Wednesday, it has shifted more than 4 feet down the mountainside. Several truck loads of rock have broken away from the mass and have fallen in the past 48 hours.
 

Water to be Used to Potentially Break Apart Unstable Rock on U.S. 129 Rockslide Project

Friday, June 04, 2010 | 04:00 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The emergency contractor working to clear a rockslide from U.S. 129/SR-115 in Blount County will use water to help bring down a mass of unstable rock above the roadway. Pacific Blasting and Demolition Ltd. will use a water pump to saturate and lubricate the slope with water in hopes the unstable rock mass will break away from the mountainside and slide to the ground without blasting the area. The unstable rock mass has moved nearly two feet since Wednesday night and could potentially fall at any point. Water pumping is scheduled to begin this weekend. Drilling for trim blasting at the site has stopped until the mass is removed, but repairs continue in other areas at the site.

TDOT and THP Prepare for 2010 Bonnaroo

Friday, June 04, 2010 | 11:02 am

More than 80,000 Expected in Manchester Area for Ninth Annual Music and Arts Festival

NASHVILLE – For nine years, Middle Tennessee has played host to one of the premiere live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  The popular festival has people from all walks of life and from all corners of the country making the small city of Manchester in Coffee County their temporary home for several days each June.  As in years past, more than 80,000 music lovers are expected to attend this year’s festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 10, and winds down Sunday night, June 13. 

Movement of Unstable Rock Suspends a Portion of Drilling on U.S. 129 Rockslide Project in Blount County

Thursday, June 03, 2010 | 04:26 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Crews are keeping a close eye on the movement of some unstable rock that became apparent overnight at the site of a rockslide on U.S. 129/SR-115 in Blount County. On Wednesday, workers drilled their first hole in a series of 21 holes that were expected to be completed this week to insert low-impact explosives for a trim blast. However, after significant movement was detected today, drilling was suspended to protect the safety of the crews. Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition is continuing to monitor the movement that could bring more rock to the ground without a trim blast.

Crews Install Mesh Draping to Continue Stabilization at U.S. 129 Rockslide in Blount County

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 | 04:44 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Crews working to clear a rockslide on U.S. 129/SR-115 are today preparing for a small trim-blast at the site to remove more lose rock and debris from the side of the rock slope above the roadway. The crews will drill 21 holes this week to insert low-impact explosives for the next blast scheduled for later this week. 

TDOT to Reinstate H.O.V. Lane Restrictions Tuesday, June 1

Friday, May 28, 2010 | 12:20 pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will reinstate H.O.V. lane restrictions in the Nashville area on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. TDOT lifted the restrictions on Wednesday, May 5 in response to the high traffic volumes experienced on Interstate routes in the Nashville area following the May 2010 flood due to limited transit services and the closure of many local roads due to flood damage. Most local roadways are now open to traffic and transit is now running normal routes.