Transportation

Widening Project on Section of State Route 76 in Stewart County Complete

Friday, August 27, 2010 | 12:49 pm
NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined state and local officials in Stewart County today to celebrate the completion of a widening project on State Route 76 (U.S. 79). The $33 million project widened a 4.6 mile section of the roadway in Dover, joining a previously reconstructed stretch of State Route 76.
 

TDOT Breaks Ground on I-24 Interchange Improvement Project in Marion County

Thursday, August 26, 2010 | 11:42 am

Pictured from left to right Kimball Mayor David Jackson, Kimball Vice Mayor Rex Pesnell, State Senator Andy Berke, State House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Harmon, Commissioner Nicely, Congressman Lincoln Davis, and Marion Co. Mayor Howell Moss
Pictured from left to right Kimball Mayor David Jackson, Kimball Vice Mayor Rex Pesnell, State Senator Andy Berke, State House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Harmon, Commissioner Nicely, Congressman Lincoln Davis, and Marion Co. Mayor Howell Moss
U.S. 72 Interchange to Include New, Higher Bridge

CHATTANOOGA – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined Congressman Lincoln Davis, and state and local officials in Marion County today to break ground on a new project to improve the interchange on I-24 at Exit 152 in Marion County. During the project, workers will replace the bridge on I-24 at the Kimball/South Pittsburg exit and will make a number of changes to the interchange to improve traffic flow and safety. 
 
“The new bridge on I-24 will be higher to allow for safer passage of large trucks on U.S. 72, which will improve access to I-24 for many businesses in Marion County,” said Nicely. “The project will also improve the overall function of the interchange, reducing congestion and making it safer for all motorists.”
 

Bredesen Announces $18.5 million in Transportation Enhancement Grants

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | 01:22 pm
A $1.2 million grant to Warner Parks will improve access to the recently acquired Hill Property. Photo Courtesy: Hill Tract photographs ©2008 Byron Jorjorian
A $1.2 million grant to Warner Parks will improve access to the recently acquired Hill Property. Photo Courtesy: Hill Tract photographs ©2008 Byron Jorjorian
Grants to Fund Projects in 34 Tennessee Communities, 1 Statewide Project
 
NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen joined Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today to announce the award of $18,536,915 in transportation enhancement grants to 34 communities and the Department of Tourist Development to fund projects across the state.
 
For a list of grant recipients, detailed information and releases for each grant please visit: 
http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/news/2010/grants.htm
 
“The Enhancement Grant Program provides an opportunity for the state to work with local agencies to fund projects that enrich Tennessee communities in a variety of ways,” said Bredesen. “Many will use these funds to build new sidewalks and bike trails that support healthier lifestyles, while others utilize the program to save historic structures for future generations. All of these are worthwhile projects that truly enhance the quality of life in local communities.”
 

Governor Bredesen Announces $3.8 million in Litter Grants for Tennessee Counties

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 12:27 pm
Grants Awarded Through TDOT’s Beautification Division
 
NASHVILLE— As part of the effort to StopLitter™ in Tennessee, Governor Phil Bredesen and TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely today awarded $3,862,515 in litter grant funds to all 95 counties in Tennessee.
 
“Each year volunteers pick up almost 25 million pounds of roadside litter in Tennessee alone,” said Bredesen.  “Litter is an eye-sore, it’s costly to clean up and it can be harmful to our environment, but it’s totally preventable.  These funds will be used by counties across the state to organize their pick-up efforts and conduct educational campaigns to teach children and adults about the importance of keeping Tennessee beautiful.”

Portion of State Route 249 Damaged in Floods to Close Until Late 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | 01:06 pm
NASHVILLE – Beginning Monday, August 23, 2010, a section of State Route 249 in Cheatham County will close for several months as crews remove and rebuild a portion of the road damaged during the May floods.  Heavy rains during the flood event saturated the ground underneath the pavement, causing a section of the roadway to collapse and slide down a steep embankment.
 

I-75 Widening Project in Hamilton County Completed Ahead of Schedule

Friday, August 13, 2010 | 09:00 am
Improvements at Ooltewah Interchange at Exit 11 Included
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely announced today the early completion of the $52 million I-75 widening project in Hamilton County. The newly widened section of interstate was fully opened to traffic back on July 1, 2010, nearly six months ahead of schedule. Since that time, crews have been working to put the finishing touches on the project and completed their final work on August 12, 2010, over four months ahead of the scheduled December 31, 2010 completion.
 
“The Ooltewah-Collegedale area is one of the fastest growing areas in southeast Tennessee,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “The extra interstate lanes and improved interchange at Exit 11 will improve traffic flow and the overall efficiency of this stretch of I-75.”
 

Governor Bredesen Announces $25.9 Million in Grants for 22 Tennessee Airports

Thursday, August 12, 2010 | 03:44 pm
Grants Awarded Through TDOT's Aeronautics Division
 
NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen announced $25.9 million in federal and state aeronautics grants today to fund improvements at 22 commercial and general aviation airports in Tennessee.
“From moving people to moving freight, the airports in Tennessee are vital pieces of the state’s overall economy and travel system,” said Bredesen. “Tennessee’s airports are often the front doors to our communities, welcoming visitors from across the globe, so it’s important to keep them up to date in order to stay competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of both businesses and travelers.”
  

Georgia DOT and TDOT Seek Federal Funding for Atlanta to Louisville High Speed Rail

Monday, August 09, 2010 | 09:11 am
From the Georgia DOT:

ATLANTA
 – Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. announced today that the Georgia DOT, along with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, applied for $34 million in federal funding to accelerate development of high-speed rail service from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tennessee, continuing to Nashville and eventually to Louisville, Kentucky.  GDOT is the lead state in the initiative and applied on behalf of the two states.
 

Plan Now to Join the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, Sept. 12-18

Monday, August 09, 2010 | 09:01 am
Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, Sept. 12-18
Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, Sept. 12-18
21st Annual Event to Loop through Beautiful East Tennessee

 

 
NASHVILLE — Now is the time to start making plans for the annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which will kick off its 21st Year with a seven-day ride beginning Sept. 12 and will feature a loop through some of Tennessee’s most beautiful landscapes.

Lane Closures on I-40 Bridge Over the Mississippi River Begin in One Month

Friday, August 06, 2010 | 03:26 pm
I-40 Bridge will be Reduced to One Lane in Each Direction for Two Months Beginning Sept. 7
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In just one month crews will reduce the Interstate 40 Bridge over the Mississippi River near Memphis to one lane in each direction for approximately two months. Crews must reduce the bridge to one lane in each direction in order to safely install a new seismic expansion joint along three bridge piers located near the Riverside Drive exit. The lane closures will begin immediately following the morning rush hour on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 and will last until the week of November 15.