Transportation

New 2010 State Maps Now Available

Monday, April 12, 2010 | 01:24 pm
The new 2010 state map front shows West Tennessee along with important travel and tourism information.
The new 2010 state map front shows West Tennessee along with important travel and tourism information.
The new 2010 state map back shows East Tennessee and some of the popular annual events in the state.
The new 2010 state map back shows East Tennessee and some of the popular annual events in the state.
NASHVILLE– The official 2010 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available to assist travelers in their planning efforts. The map is formatted in with large, easy to read information and includes a listing of Tennessee’s Biofuel Green Island Corridors, information about emergency reference markers, Tennessee 511 and attractions throughout the state.
 

Tennessee and North Carolina Cooperative Efforts Will Open “The Dragon”

Thursday, April 08, 2010 | 12:19 pm
Workers rappel down the mountain to identify and remove loose rock.
Workers rappel down the mountain to identify and remove loose rock.
Crews constructed this rock berm to protech the nearby waters of the Chilhowee Lake.
Crews constructed this rock berm to protech the nearby waters of the Chilhowee Lake.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will reopen an 11-mile stretch of U.S. 129/SR115 in Blount County known as “The Dragon” on Monday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. The stretch of U.S. 129 from the Tabcat Bridge to the North Carolina state line will be open to traffic each day between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The section of U.S. 129 from just past the Foothills Parkway to the Tabcat Bridge will remain closed as crews work to remove a rockslide that closed the roadway in March. 
 
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will provide traffic enforcement and Graham County, North Carolina will provide emergency response along the open section of U.S. 129 during daylight hours. Motorists are advised that emergency response will be limited in the area.  Law enforcement will have zero tolerance for traffic law violations and will diligently enforce the area. U.S. 129 will be closed to traffic at the North Carolina state line at 8:00 p.m. each night until 8:00 a.m. the next day.  The roadway will remain closed to commercial traffic and large RVs. 
 

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

Thursday, April 08, 2010 | 09:55 am
NASHVILLE – – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will reduce Interstate 65 North and South in Sumner County to one lane this weekend in order to begin repairs to the bridges that cross over US 31W (Springfield Highway). I-65 at mile marker 98 will be reduced to one lane in each direction from Friday, April 9, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. until Monday, April 12 at 6:00 a.m.

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update for April 8

Thursday, April 08, 2010 | 09:04 am
Workers Install a Rock Bolt on the Eastern Slope
Workers Install a Rock Bolt on the Eastern Slope
New Concrete cures on the River Access Ramp
New Concrete cures on the River Access Ramp
Rock Bolting Operations Continue
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Rock bolting crews continue operations on the eastern side of the main slide area and expect to install the bolts and grout them in place before week’s end. Crews are also finishing up the repairs made to the river access ramp adjacent to Ocoee 2 Dam.  

TDOT Contractor Starts Work On U.S. 129 Rockslide Repairs

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 | 02:56 pm
Crews begin work on U.S. 129 slide
Crews begin work on U.S. 129 slide
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Work is now underway to stabilize and repair a rockslide site along U.S. 129/SR115 in Blount County, Tennessee. Crews with the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s emergency contractor, Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. today worked to hang ropes that will be used to scale the mountainside and remove any unstable and loose rock. Meanwhile, crews working along the base of the slide are breaking up rock that has already fallen from the mountainside.
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update for April 6

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 | 08:29 am
Crew Works to Repair River Access Ramp
Crew Works to Repair River Access Ramp
Drilling the Slope for Rock Bolts
Drilling the Slope for Rock Bolts

Crews Repair Ramp while Rock Bolting Operations Continue

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –Crews continue cleaning up the rockslide site by removing remaining debris, dismantling the temporary rockfall fence and making repairs to the river access ramp adjacent to Ocoee 2 Dam.  Rock bolting crews continue drilling in preparation for rock bolting operations on the

TDOT Now Accepting “Green Island” Biofuels Corridor Grant Applications

Thursday, April 01, 2010 | 01:43 pm
Green Island Grants support retail E85 and B20 pumps like these at a station along I-65 in Goodlettesville, just north of Nashville.
Green Island Grants support retail E85 and B20 pumps like these at a station along I-65 in Goodlettesville, just north of Nashville.
Grants Provide Funds to Help Retail Fuel Stations Install Biofuel Infrastructure
 
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for the next round of Green Island Biofuel Corridor Network grants. The deadline to apply for the grants is April 30, 2010. The Green Island grant program is a competitive funding opportunity available to retail fuel station owners and farmer co-ops interested in promoting and selling two biofuel blends, E85 (ethanol) and B20 (biodiesel).  The goal of the Green Island grant program is to establish a statewide network of publicly accessible B20 and E85 refueling stations, particularly along interstates and major highways and in major population centers.
 
“Green Island grants encourage and help expand the commercial availability of biofuels in Tennessee, giving motorists more options at the pump and reducing harmful vehicle emissions,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “This program is a vital piece of the state’s efforts to make biofuels a real option for Tennesseans.”
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update for April 1

Thursday, April 01, 2010 | 11:34 am
Crew Begins Dismantling 100’ Long Rockfall Fence Erected Above TVA Dam
Crew Begins Dismantling 100’ Long Rockfall Fence Erected Above TVA Dam
Drilling Continues for Rock Bolting Operations
Drilling Continues for Rock Bolting Operations

Rock Bolting Operations Continue while Crews Begin Disassembly of Rockfall Fence

 

 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The emergency contractor working to stabilize and repair damage from the November 10, 2009 rockslide on U.S. 64 in Polk County continues to work toward a completion date of April 16, 2010. Crews are drilling 15’ to 40’ deep holes throughout the face of the rock slope as they prepare to install 2” diameter threaded anchor bolts that will help prevent future slides from occurring.

TDOT Halts Interstate Construction for Easter Travel Holiday

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | 07:00 am
Travelers in Tennessee can dial 511 for information on rest areas, incidents, construction, weather, and more.
Travelers in Tennessee can dial 511 for information on rest areas, incidents, construction, weather, and more.
Department Urges Safety in Work Zones Despite Suspension of Work

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.
 
TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work which requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. Monday, April 5.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.
 
“Many families get together during the Easter holiday, and we want to minimize travel interruptions for motorists in Tennessee,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “Suspending lane closures will provide maximum roadway capacity to the many people traveling in Tennessee this holiday weekend.”
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update for March 30

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | 12:01 pm
Contractor continues debris removal from roadway and ramp
Contractor continues debris removal from roadway and ramp
Drilling slope in preparation for installing rock bolts
Drilling slope in preparation for installing rock bolts

Drilling and Rock Bolting Operations Continue Around the Clock

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The emergency contractor working to stabilize and repair damage from the November 10, 2009 rockslide on U.S. 64 in Polk County continues to work toward a completion date of April 16, 2010. Late last week, crews broke up and hauled off the majority of the remaining slide debris