Section of State Route 50 in Hickman County to Reopen

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 | 03:53 pm
Crews repair flood damaged section of State Route 50 in Hickman County.
Crews repair flood damaged section of State Route 50 in Hickman County.
NASHVILLE – A portion of State Route 50 in Hickman County, closed since last Friday, will reopen at 6:00 p.m. this evening following repairs to a section of road damaged by the May floods. Heavy rains during the flood event caused a large drainage pipe beneath the road to collapse.
Since the closure began, crews excavated approximately 4,000 tons of rock and dirt material to reach the damaged pipe, which was located more than 40 feet below the surface. Once the new pipe was installed, the roadway was reconstructed and re-paved. 

TDOT Halts Highway Construction for Busy Holiday Travel Period

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 | 08:53 am
More than 2 million Tennesseans are expected to travel by car during the Christmas and New Year's Holidays.
More than 2 million Tennesseans are expected to travel by car during the Christmas and New Year's Holidays.
NASHVILLE – Holiday travelers should enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee during the busy Christmas and New Year’s travel holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.  
No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways from 8:00 a.m. on Friday, December 24 through 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3.

Temporary Lane Closure on Alcoa Highway Will Allow Crews to Clear Rockslide Debris

Saturday, December 18, 2010 | 10:23 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-  Motorists traveling northbound on U.S. 129/State Route 115 also known as Alcoa Highway need to be aware of a temporary lane closure for rockslide repairs. Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, officers reported a small amount of rock on the northbound right hand lane of Alcoa Highway near the United States Naval and Marine Reserve Center. 

Weekly Construction Report for East Tennesse Week of December 16-22

Friday, December 17, 2010 | 09:41 am
(Recovery Act Project) ANDERSON COUNTY, SR 61 Bridge over Poplar Creek in Oliver Springs: Motorists should use caution through this bridge widening project. 
BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 73/US 321 at SR 335 William Blount Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this intersection improvement project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

Tennessee's First Diverging Diamond Interchange to Open

Monday, December 13, 2010 | 12:30 pm
Diverging Diamond Interchange
Diverging Diamond Interchange
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In an effort to conserve land, capitalize on three travel lanes, and save time and money, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the city of Alcoa teamed up to build the state’s first diverging diamond interchange. On Tuesday, December 14 the new interchange will be fully opened to traffic. 

Portion of State Route 249 Damaged in May Floods Reopens to Traffic

Friday, December 10, 2010 | 04:11 pm
NASHVILLE – A Middle Tennessee roadway heavily damaged by the May floods has reopened following major repairs. A section of State Route 249 in Cheatham County was closed in late August to repair a landslide that caused part of the roadway to collapse and slide down a steep embankment. During the closure, TDOT contract crews reconstructed the road, cleared flood debris from a nearby stream, and added new drainage structures.

Unique Diverging Diamond Interchange to Open in Alcoa

Friday, December 10, 2010 | 03:53 pm

Interchange is One of Only Five in Use in America

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials will join the city of Alcoa to officially open a new Diverging Diamond Interchange that connects U.S. 129/SR-115 to Middlesettlements Road and Bessemer Street. The interchange will be one of only five open to traffic in the United States and is the first Diverging Diamond Interchange in Tennessee.

Embankment Slide Repairs to be Finished on State Route 116 in Anderson County

Friday, December 10, 2010 | 03:30 pm
TDOT crews rebuild eroded embankment
TDOT crews rebuild eroded embankment
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – All lanes on State Route 116 near the Anderson and Campbell County line will re-open by 5:00 p.m. this afternoon. 
On November 30, Tennessee Department of Transportation crews closed the northbound lane of State Route 116 after approximately 150 feet of roadway was washed away. Flaggers directed traffic around the lane closure around the clock during the closure. Meanwhile, TDOT crews quickly rebuilt the embankment eroded by rising creek levels due to drenching rains.