Transportation

I-40 in Tennessee Ranked Best Road in Nation for Fourth Year in a Row

Thursday, February 04, 2010 | 01:35 pm
June 12, 2009 - Motorists travel the newly rebuilt section of Interstate 40 near downtown Knoxville
June 12, 2009 - Motorists travel the newly rebuilt section of Interstate 40 near downtown Knoxville
Truckers Rank TN Statewide Roadway System Third Best for 11th Consecutive Year
 
NASHVILLE – At 455 miles in length, Tennessee is home to the longest stretch of Interstate 40 in the nation and, for the fourth straight year, the nation’s truckers have rated it the best stretch of roadway in America. In addition, truck drivers rated Tennessee’s overall roadway system third best in the country for the eleventh year in a row according to a recent survey of truck owners and operators by Overdrive Magazine.
 
"Tennessee’s roadways are a major economic asset in our work to attract opportunities for growth and development in our communities,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “I’m pleased to see this consistently high ranking of the state’s transportation system from some of the people who use it the most – our nation’s truckers.”

Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk This Super Bowl Sunday

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 | 05:30 pm
2008 Designated Drivers walk out onto LP Field during their tour of the Titans Stadium
2008 Designated Drivers walk out onto LP Field during their tour of the Titans Stadium
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor’s Highway Safety Office and Tennessee Department of Safety will join the Tennessee Titans Friday, February 5 to honor Titans fans who pledged to be designated drivers during this year’s football season and to remind all Tennesseans to designate a sober driver if consuming alcohol during this weekend’s Super Bowl. During the 2009 season, more than 6,000 Titans fans promised to refrain from drinking and be the designated driver for friends and family, making the Titans the top team in the AFC-South for designated drivers at home games.  Several of the fans who pledged to be designated drivers will be recognized and will receive an exclusive tour of LP Field. 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 1

Monday, February 01, 2010 | 03:30 pm
2-1-2010 Hauling debris away from the rockslide site
2-1-2010 Hauling debris away from the rockslide site
2-1-2010 Loading slide debris into a dump truck for hauling off site
2-1-2010 Loading slide debris into a dump truck for hauling off site
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Construction crews with Charles Blalock & Sons resumed operations today after work was suspended over the weekend due to icy roadway and site conditions.  Today crews are breaking up and hauling away rockfall debris on the roadway that was generated from Thursday’s pre-split blasts.  This clearing of the roadway will allow crews to clear off the crane pad so that mechanical scaling, drilling and blasting operations that require the use of the 275-ton crane can resume.  This week the contractor will continue his operations in an eastward direction in order to make room on the western side of the slope for the new 150 ton crane and associated rock bolting operations.
 

TDOT Awards Contract for Clean-Up of Second U.S. 64 Rockslide

Monday, February 01, 2010 | 03:12 pm
January 19, 2010 - Crews respond to a second rockslide on US 64 in Polk County.
January 19, 2010 - Crews respond to a second rockslide on US 64 in Polk County.
Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. Awarded Second Contract
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded contractor Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc. a $759,000 contract for the clean-up of a second rockslide along U.S. 64 at mile marker 10.9 near Maddens Branch in Polk County. The second slide occurred on January 19, 2010 and partially blocked the roadway, which is already closed due to a major slide that occurred at mile marker 17.6 near TVA Ocoee Dam Number 2 on November 10, 2009. Blalock is also the contractor working to clear the first rock slide at the TVA Ocoee Dam Number 2 and will coordinate the simultaneous clean-up of both slides.
 
The $759,000 contract with Blalock does include a provision requiring the completion of the clean-up work for the second slide site by March 26, 2010. While initially not as large as the November 10 rockslide, the second slide which occurred on January 18 will require removal of nearly twice the amount of unstable debris.
 

TDOT, THP, TEMA Encourage Motorists to Limit Trips in Tennessee

Saturday, January 30, 2010 | 02:06 pm
TDOT crews use a 25 ft. snow plow to salt and plow two travel lanes at once on I-40 in West Tennessee.
TDOT crews use a 25 ft. snow plow to salt and plow two travel lanes at once on I-40 in West Tennessee.

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol continue to advise motorists to stay off area roadways this weekend unless travel is necessary.  TDOT continues to work to keep roads clear of snow and ice after Friday’s powerful winter storm.  Crews have been out salting and plowing roadways since early Friday morning.  Despite these efforts, patches of snow and ice remain on roadways across the state with concentrated areas of heavy snow in some places.  Most interstate exit and entrance ramps also remain slick. 

Nashville area roadways continue to be covered with layers of snow, ice and slush.  TDOT Help trucks in Nashville reported working nearly 300 incidents by 2 a.m.  Crews in middle Tennessee have used approximately 6,000 tons of salt and 525,000 gallons of salt brine in an effort to remove snow and ice from roadways.  Incidents of black ice have been reported in the southern part of the region, particularly along I-24 in Rutherford County and I-65 from Williamson County to the Tennessee/Alabama state line.  Interstates in rural mountainous areas of east Tennessee also continue to be slick and motorists should use extreme caution.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol advises drivers to stay off the roads unless necessary.

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For January 27

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 03:08 pm
Workers break up large rocks for hauling.
Workers break up large rocks for hauling.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Construction crews working to remove a major rockslide along US64 in Polk County today worked to assemble a 150 ton crane that will be used to drive approximately two hundred, 10’ to 25’ long, 2” diameter bolts into the mountainside. The rock bolts will help stabilize the layers of rock on the mountain and will help prevent future slides from occurring in this area.
 

TDOT Crews Preparing for Possible Winter Weather

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 02:47 pm
A TDOT truck applies brine to State Route 12 in Davidson County.
A TDOT truck applies brine to State Route 12 in Davidson County.
Maintenance Forces Brining, Loading Salt Trucks Across the State
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation maintenance crews are placing salt brine on roadways, loading salt trucks and installing snow plows in preparation for Friday’s predicted winter storm. A wintry mix of ice and snow is expected to fall across the state Friday and TDOT is reminding drivers when there’s ice and snow: take it slow – slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.
 

TDOT’s New Lauderdale County Employees Head to Work

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 11:10 am
29 newly hired Lauderdale County citizens are now Tennessee Department of Transportation District 45 maintenance workers.
29 newly hired Lauderdale County citizens are now Tennessee Department of Transportation District 45 maintenance workers.
New Hires are on the Job after Two Days of Safety and New Employee Training
 
NASHVILLE – Twenty-nine Lauderdale County citizens hit the roads today as new employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. On December 16, 2009, Governor Phil Bredesen outlined a plan to use federal Recovery Act funds to reduce unemployment and put 175 people back to work in Lauderdale County. The 29 newly-hired TDOT workers are among the first to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Governor’s plan.
 
“TDOT has worked quickly to hire, train and place these Lauderdale County citizens on the job as highway maintenance workers,” said Bredesen. “These new jobs, along with others outlined in the plan to reduce unemployment in Lauderdale County, should begin to ease some of the strain caused by the economic downturn.”

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For January 25

Monday, January 25, 2010 | 03:40 pm
This unassembled 150-ton crane will be used as crews install 40 ft. long rock anchors into the rock
This unassembled 150-ton crane will be used as crews install 40 ft. long rock anchors into the rock
Ocoee River rolling over Dam No. 2
Ocoee River rolling over Dam No. 2
Crews Assemble New Crane for Rock Bolting While Blasting and Debris Removal Continues
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Construction crews on the U.S. 64 rockslide removal project continued working throughout the weekend as weather permitted. Workers set off a series of blasts on Saturday to remove several boulders and a rock ledge overhang on the western side of the slide site where rock bolting is scheduled to begin.  High winds and thunderstorms delayed drilling crews on the eastern side of the slope. That work is scheduled to resume later this week.  Today, the contractor is hand scaling the upper mid-section of the slope as workers assemble a new 150-ton crane that will be used when 40’ rock anchors or bolts are installed along the rock face. The contractor plans to remove the debris generated from Saturday’s blast from the roadway surface to allow construction of a crane pad for the new 150-ton crane.