U.S. 129 Rockslide Update for May 27

Thursday, May 27, 2010 | 03:15 pm
Drilling and Clean-Up Continue After Effective Trim Blasts

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Several hundred tons of material is being hauled away as crews continue to work to repair and stabilize a mountainside that slid onto U.S. 129/SR-115 on March 14,2010. More than 11,000 tons of rock has been removed from the unstable slope using three trim blasts and scaling. This week, crews have hauled away more than 55 truck-loads of material. Hauling will continue through the rest of the week.

Road Construction Won’t Delay Memorial Day Travelers

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | 08:55 am
TDOT Suspends All Lane Closure Activity for Busy Holiday Weekend; Urges Safety in Work Zones
NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow motorists down as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 28 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June1. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.

TDOT Partners with Rascal Flatts to Encourage People to Adopt-A-Highway

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 12:58 pm
Country Super Group Asks Tennesseans to “Show Your Pride” in new Public Service Announcement
NASHVILLE – If life is a highway, it’s a messy one in many parts of Tennessee, so country music super group Rascal Flatts is joining the Tennessee Department of Transportation to ask Tennesseans to do their part to clean it up by adopting a highway. Rascal Flatts members Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus are featured in a new 30 second public service announcement and on billboards across the state encouraging Tennesseans to “Show Your Pride and Adopt-A-Highway today”. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of the volunteer program, encourage more participation and to remind motorists to Stop Litter in Tennessee. 

Students Prepare to Graduate from Recovery Act Funded Highway Worker Training Program

Monday, May 24, 2010 | 11:56 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – After weeks of classes and on-the-job training, several students of the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s “Career Express…The Job Training Fast Lane” program are graduating. The program, which is operated by LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation (LOCCDC), is funded through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is administered by TDOT’s Office of Civil Rights Division. The fourth graduating class of the Career Express Program will receive  diplomas at a graduation ceremony at the newly opened Soulsville USA Towne Center on May 26, 2010. The Center is located at 915 East McLemore.  The keynote speaker for the ceremony is the Honorable George Little, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Memphis. 

I-24 East in Grundy County Reopens to Traffic

Saturday, May 22, 2010 | 11:07 am

Sinkhole Repairs Complete at Mile Marker 127 near Coffee County Line

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – I-24 East at mile marker 127 in Grundy County near the Coffee County Line is now open to traffic.  The roadway reopened at approximately 6:00 a.m. CT Saturday, May 22.  I-24 had been closed for several days as a result of a massive sinkhole that developed suddenly on the morning of Tuesday, May 18.

U.S. 129 Rockslide Update for May 21

Friday, May 21, 2010 | 08:55 pm
Trim blast removes unstable rock on May 21, 2010
Trim blast removes unstable rock on May 21, 2010
More than 1400 tons of rock falls after trim blast
More than 1400 tons of rock falls after trim blast
Third trim blast in Blount County continues to rapidly remove unstable rocks
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. used a third trim blast on Friday to focus on the remaining unstable rock on the slide area over U.S. 129/SR 115 in Blount County. 

TDOT Awards Emergency Repair Contract for Highway 31-E in Sumner County

Friday, May 21, 2010 | 12:17 pm
TDOT initiates an emergency contract to repair this landslide on US 31 E in Sumner County.
TDOT initiates an emergency contract to repair this landslide on US 31 E in Sumner County.
The landslide was caused when heavy rains saturated the area.
The landslide was caused when heavy rains saturated the area.
NASHVILLE – An emergency repair contract is now in place to stabilize and repair a section of Highway 31-E near Westmoreland in Sumner County impacted by a landslide following heavy rains in the area. TDOT awarded a $1.7 million emergency repair contract to Civil Constructors on Thursday, May 20. The contractor is on site today inspecting the damage and will begin mobilizing equipment to the site this weekend.

Section of US 31 in Williamson County to Reopen Friday

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 03:12 pm
NASHVILLE – All travel lanes on a portion of US 31 in Williamson County near State Route 840 will be open to traffic by 6:00 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2010. The northbound lanes have been closed for several days as repairs to a large sinkhole were completed. The sinkhole, which was approximately 26 feet deep and 25 feet wide, developed following the recent flooding in Middle Tennessee.

Tennessee Recognized for Efforts to Become a More Bicycle Friendly State

Thursday, May 20, 2010 | 10:25 am
A bicyclist and jogger cross a bike/ped bridge in Chattanooga.
A bicyclist and jogger cross a bike/ped bridge in Chattanooga.
Tennessee Moves Up 19 Positions in Most Bicycle Friendly States Ranking
NASHVILLE – As Tennesseans celebrate National Bike to Work Week a new ranking shows they now have more bike friendly paths and roadways to travel. The League of American Cyclists recently announced their third annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings. Tennessee jumped an astounding 19 spots in one year. The state moved to 24th place this year from a ranking of 43rd in the 2009 report. 
“I’m pleased to see this marked improvement in Tennessee’s bicycle friendly ranking, but there is much work left to do,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “Clearly one area where improvement is needed is educating the public about safe bicycling and driving practices.”