Transportation

Recovery Act Funds to Provide More Intercity Bus Service Options to Tennesseans

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 | 02:43 pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will use federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to provide rural residents with better access to daily public transit. Vice President Joe Biden announced federal approval of TDOT’s plan to use $3.1 million in Recovery Act funds to expand direct intercity bus routes on Friday, March 5. The funds will be used by existing intercity bus carriers to purchase 23 buses, security equipment, support vehicles, computers, intelligent transportation system software, for ADA enhancements to vehicles and preventive maintenance. TDOT announced the first intercity bus routes in the state in March 2009. The program provides fixed route public transportation services between rural areas and the state’s urban centers.
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update for March 8

Monday, March 08, 2010 | 03:14 pm
Workers continue to remove debris from the boat ramp located at the foot of TVA Ocoee 2 Dam.
Workers continue to remove debris from the boat ramp located at the foot of TVA Ocoee 2 Dam.
Crews Move to 24-Hour Work Schedule
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Work continues to progress on the stabilization and clearing of the rockslide along U.S. 64 at Mile Marker 17 in Polk County with around the clock work set to begin Tuesday. Construction crews with TDOT’s emergency contractor on the site, Charles Blalock & Sons, set off a series of blasts this weekend along the rock slope located east of the rockslide site. Today, crews are extending the crane pad for the 275-ton crawler crane further east to provide better access to the eastern slope for debris and rock removal work. On the west side of the slope, workers continue drilling and installing rock bolts and will begin working a 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. rock bolting schedule on Tuesday. The contractor will perform scaling, blasting and clearing work during daylight hours and rock bolting during the night.
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update for March 5

Friday, March 05, 2010 | 05:24 pm
A large crane hoists a platform, which holds a worker operating a mini-excavator, up the side of the mountain to remove loose rock and debris.
A large crane hoists a platform, which holds a worker operating a mini-excavator, up the side of the mountain to remove loose rock and debris.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Work continues to progress on the stabilization and clearing of the rockslide along US64 at Mile Marker 17 in Polk County. Construction crews with TDOT’s emergency contractor on the site, Charles Blalock & Sons, today drilled along the eastern side of the slope in preparation for blasting scheduled for Saturday.  Rock bolting crews are working along the western slope throughout the weekend.
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For March 3

Wednesday, March 03, 2010 | 04:33 pm
Debris Removal
Debris Removal
Drilling the Slope
Drilling the Slope
More Drilling, Blasting, Hauling and Rock Bolting
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.  - Over the weekend, crews broke up the rock on the roadway surface from last week’s eastern slope blast using the large ram-hoe, and the material was hauled off of the site. On Monday crews continued drilling and grouting rock bolts on the eastern slope. 
 
Yesterday crews continued working on both the eastern and western slope with machine scaling and rock bolting operations, although all hand work was suspended because of snow and ice on the slope surface. Drilling operations resumed today on the eastern slope in preparation for blasting later in the week.
 

TDOT Reopens U.S. 441 Southbound in Sevier County

Monday, March 01, 2010 | 03:51 pm
A large 100 ft. wide and 20 ft. high retaining wall structure is now in place to secure the unstable mountainside.
A large 100 ft. wide and 20 ft. high retaining wall structure is now in place to secure the unstable mountainside.
Knoxville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation re-opened one lane of US 441 (The Spur) southbound in Sevier County shortly before 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule. TDOT was forced to close the southbound lanes of the roadway after a rockslide threatened the stability of the mountainside on January 25. 
 
“We understand this has been an inconvenience to many people traveling to and from Gatlinburg and are pleased to see the contractor reopening the roadway ahead of schedule,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely.
 
Since the rockslide occurred, motorists traveling southbound into Gatlinburg have been utilizing one of the northbound lanes. With the southbound lane now reopened, TDOT expects to remove the detour and reopen both northbound lanes to northbound traffic by Tuesday, weather permitting.
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 26

Friday, February 26, 2010 | 02:22 pm
Workers prepare to lift the drill into place by crane
Workers prepare to lift the drill into place by crane
The boat ramp at Ocoee Dam No. 2
The boat ramp at Ocoee Dam No. 2
Drilling, Blasting, Hauling and Rock Bolting Progress
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Work continues to progress on the U.S. 64 rockslide removal project.  Today and Wednesday, crews set off a series of blasts on the eastern slope and brought down a large amount of rock debris.  Today workers also blasted apart large boulders at the base of the mountain.  Crews also worked along the western side of the slide grouting rock bolts into place and continued installing rock bolts. 
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 24

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 04:21 pm
Debris Hauling, Drilling, Rock Bolting and Blasting Continue
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – This week construction crews with Blalock & Sons continued drilling the eastern slope in preparation for blasts scheduled for Thursday and Friday while heavy equipment worked below on the roadway surface and the river bank to break up rock debris, load it onto trucks and haul the material off site. Hayward Baker crews continued drilling and installing rock bolts on the western slope.
 
Crews will continue drilling the eastern slope, installing rock bolts on the western slope, and breaking up and hauling debris away from the site throughout the week.
 
Work will continue during daylight hours seven days a week. The contractor plans to implement nighttime work for various operations once they can be done safely.

Two TDOT Leaders Honored as Tennessee Engineers of the Year

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 02:57 pm
Ed Wasserman was recently selected Outstanding Engineer of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.
Ed Wasserman was recently selected Outstanding Engineer of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.
Winston Gaffron was recently selected Government Engineer of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.
Winston Gaffron was recently selected Government Engineer of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation Structures Division Director Ed Wasserman and Region Three Director Winston Gaffron were recently honored as top engineers in Tennessee by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. Wasserman, who has spent 45 years with TDOT including 24 years as the Director of the Structures Division, was awarded the society’s highest honor, Outstanding Engineer of the Year. Gaffron, who has worked with TDOT for 37 years, received the Government Engineer of the Year Award.
 

Bredesen Announces Aeronautics Grants for Six Tennessee Airports

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 12:46 pm
$1.3 Million Provided for Infrastructure and Other Improvements

 
NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $1.3 million have been approved for six Tennessee airports.
 
“Our local airports are vital to the economy and travel system of Tennessee,” said Bredesen. “Investing in our airports helps keep them competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of businesses and travelers.”
 

TDOT Awards Contract on Final State Route 840 Project

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 11:04 am
$55 Million Project Will Complete 78 Mile Highway
 
NASHVILLE – Construction on the final section of State Route 840 is set to begin. Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely awarded a construction contract on the final portion of State Route 840 on Friday, February 19.  The award comes after careful analysis of the eleven qualifying bids opened on February 5.  Eubank Asphalt Paving & Sealing of Charlotte, TN submitted the low bid of $55.1 million, and will begin construction of the road in the coming weeks. The project includes the construction of SR 840 from just west of Bending Chestnut Road to west of Leipers Creek Road in Williamson County, as well as the paving of SR 840 from SR 100 to SR 46 (Pinewood Road).
 
“This is a real milestone for the department of Transportation,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “The completion of State Route 840 will improve access to communities in the mid-state, provide increased economic growth potential, and give motorists a convenient alternate route around Nashville.”