Transportation

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 22

Monday, February 22, 2010 | 04:17 pm
A crew drills along the rock slope.
A crew drills along the rock slope.
Large rock bolts ready for installation along the western rock face.
Large rock bolts ready for installation along the western rock face.
Drilling, Rock Bolting and Blasting Continue
 
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, and blasting sub-contractor Dyno Nobel, set off a number of blasts along the eastern side of the slide area this weekend to address the instability of the large 22 ft. diagonal shelf near TVA Ocoee 2 Dam. Today the contractor drilled more holes along the eastern slope in preparation for another round of blasting scheduled for Wednesday.
 

Rockslide repairs continue on US441

Friday, February 19, 2010 | 05:26 pm
Crews drive “H” Piles to begin the foundation for a retaining wall.
Crews drive “H” Piles to begin the foundation for a retaining wall.
Knoxville, Tenn. – In their first week of work, TDOT’s emergency repair contractor, Charles Blalock and Sons, Incorporated, has been able to maintain an aggressive schedule despite inclement weather conditions.
 
Contractors have used 54 rock dowels reinforced with grout to secure the rock slope. Crews have also drilled ten footings to place four “H” piles, which were secured by concrete, to begin the foundation of what will become a retaining wall. 

Tennessee Rail Projects Awarded $55.3 Million in Recovery Act TIGER Grants

Thursday, February 18, 2010 | 01:00 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee will receive $55.3 million in federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grants for two rail projects in the state. The US DOT announced $1.5 billion in federal TIGER grant funds for more than 50 projects across the U.S. on Wednesday, the one year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which funds the competitive TIGER grants.
 

Bredesen Announces SBA Disaster Loans Now Available to Businesses Impacted by U.S. 64 Rock Slide

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 05:59 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the Small Business Administration is making Economic Injury Disaster Loans available in Polk County and three adjacent Tennessee counties – Bradley, McMinn and Monroe – as well as for two counties in Georgia (Fannin and Murray) and one in North Carolina (Cherokee). The assistance comes in response to Bredesen’s request for federal aid following a rock slide that closed U.S. Highway 64 on November 10, 2009.

TDOT Obligates 100% of Recovery Act Highway Funds

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 01:58 pm
A flagger directs traffic on a paving project along State Route 52 in Morgan County, Tennessee.
A flagger directs traffic on a paving project along State Route 52 in Morgan County, Tennessee.
TDOT Credits Great Partnership with Metropolitan Planning Organizations Statewide
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has obligated 100% of the $572 million in Highway Infrastructure Investment funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act two weeks ahead of the March 1 deadline required under the Act. TDOT received approval of its last project Tuesday on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Recovery Act. Tennessee is one of the first states to obligate 100% of Recovery Act funds for highway infrastructure. 
 
“I appreciate the work of the Department of Transportation and its local and regional partners in reaching this important milestone for the Recovery Act in Tennessee,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “This accomplishment ensures that all of our Recovery Act dollars for highway infrastructure will stay in Tennessee for needed improvements that will continue to boost local economies.”
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 16

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | 12:38 pm
2-16 A worker uses a hoe-ram to break up large boulders along the riverbank
2-16 A worker uses a hoe-ram to break up large boulders along the riverbank
2-16 A crane hoists a small hoe-ram up the side of the eastern slope where it is used to remove loose rock and other debris.
2-16 A crane hoists a small hoe-ram up the side of the eastern slope where it is used to remove loose rock and other debris.
Additional Blasting Scheduled on West Slope 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s emergency contractor, Charles Blalock & Sons, is working today to break-up some of the large boulders located along the river bank and on the boat ramp near TVA Ocoee 2 Dam from the rockslide that occurred on November 10, 2009. The contractor is using explosives to break up some of the large boulders on the bank, some of which were the size of large semi-trucks. Crews are also drilling 60 holes along the slope east of the rockslide site as they prepare for more blasting scheduled for later this week.
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 12

Friday, February 12, 2010 | 03:18 pm
Additional Blasting Scheduled on West Slope
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation continues to work to clear a major slide on US64 in Polk County. Today, workers with emergency contractor Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. continued working by hand to clear loose debris along the western slope. They also drilled large boulders between the roadway and the river’s edge to prepare for a series of blasts scheduled for the weekend.  Rock bolting operations on the western face of the slope are scheduled to resume next week.
 

State Route 92 Bridge in Jefferson County to close March 1

Friday, February 12, 2010 | 12:23 pm
Knoxville, Tenn. – Beginning Monday, March 1, 2010 workers with Southern Constructors, Inc. will close the State Route 92 Bridge over the French Broad River in Dandridge for repairs. The scheduled closure is part of the TDOT bridge repair project that began in November 2009.
 
The $1,483,607 project consist of repairs to steel structural stringers, removal of the existing asphalt riding surface, performing full and partial depth concrete deck repairs, spot painting of structural steel and applying a new bridge deck sealant.

Phase One of Rockslide Clearing Begins on US441 in Sevier County

Thursday, February 11, 2010 | 05:30 pm
Contractors with Charles Blalock and Sons Inc. started bringing rock down and bolting rocks into the mountain side at the rockslide on US441 on Friday February 12.
Contractors with Charles Blalock and Sons Inc. started bringing rock down and bolting rocks into the mountain side at the rockslide on US441 on Friday February 12.
Knoxville – Workers with Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. will begin clearing debris from the rockslide on US441 (The Spur) tonight, February 11, 2010. Crews will bring down any lose material from the mountainside before hauling away the debris.
 
On Friday morning, crews will begin bolting the rock into the mountainside using 20 foot rods to stabilize the slope.