Transportation

Georgia DOT and TDOT Seek Federal Funding for Atlanta to Louisville High Speed Rail

Monday, August 09, 2010 | 09:11 am
From the Georgia DOT:

ATLANTA
 – Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. announced today that the Georgia DOT, along with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, applied for $34 million in federal funding to accelerate development of high-speed rail service from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tennessee, continuing to Nashville and eventually to Louisville, Kentucky.  GDOT is the lead state in the initiative and applied on behalf of the two states.
 

Plan Now to Join the Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, Sept. 12-18

Monday, August 09, 2010 | 09:01 am
Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, Sept. 12-18
Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, Sept. 12-18
21st Annual Event to Loop through Beautiful East Tennessee

 

 
NASHVILLE — Now is the time to start making plans for the annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which will kick off its 21st Year with a seven-day ride beginning Sept. 12 and will feature a loop through some of Tennessee’s most beautiful landscapes.

Lane Closures on I-40 Bridge Over the Mississippi River Begin in One Month

Friday, August 06, 2010 | 03:26 pm
I-40 Bridge will be Reduced to One Lane in Each Direction for Two Months Beginning Sept. 7
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In just one month crews will reduce the Interstate 40 Bridge over the Mississippi River near Memphis to one lane in each direction for approximately two months. Crews must reduce the bridge to one lane in each direction in order to safely install a new seismic expansion joint along three bridge piers located near the Riverside Drive exit. The lane closures will begin immediately following the morning rush hour on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 and will last until the week of November 15. 
 

I-40 Eastbound Exit 1 Ramp in Memphis Closed

Tuesday, August 03, 2010 | 08:08 am
Crews will replace this bridge joint with a larger seismic joint designed to provide more flexibility for the bridge in the event of an earthquake.
Crews will replace this bridge joint with a larger seismic joint designed to provide more flexibility for the bridge in the event of an earthquake.
 

Phase One Now Underway; I-40 Reduced to One Lane in Both Directions Beginning September 7

 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Today, crews working to seismically retrofit the Interstate 40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River closed the I-40 Eastbound Exit 1 ramp to Front Street, Riverside Drive and the Tennessee Welcome Center. The ramp will remain closed for three weeks. It is the first of three long-term closures planned as work to retrofit the bridge continues. 
 

Westbound Lanes on I-40 in Roane County Open After Sinkhole Repairs

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | 01:31 pm
TDOT crews excavated to find the cause of a sinkhole on I-40 in Roane County
TDOT crews excavated to find the cause of a sinkhole on I-40 in Roane County
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Motorists are once again able to travel all the westbound lanes on I-40 in Roane County after a sinkhole was completely repaired on Tuesday.
 
Tennessee Department of Transportation maintenance crews discovered the sinkhole near mile marker 344.5 in the right hand lane of I-40 westbound on Monday. TDOT geotechnical engineers evaluated the sinkhole and determined strong water flow under the roadway was the cause.

Sinkhole Repaired on State Route 66 in Sevier County

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | 01:24 pm
TDOT crews excavate a sinkhole on State Route 66 to reveal a leaking water pipe
TDOT crews excavate a sinkhole on State Route 66 to reveal a leaking water pipe
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation maintenance crews re-opened the northbound travel lanes on State Route 66 in Sevier County shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. TDOT estimates the turn lane will also be opened at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.
Crews dug 25 feet deep and 10 to 15 feet across to find the leak that contributed to the sinkhole
Crews dug 25 feet deep and 10 to 15 feet across to find the leak that contributed to the sinkhole
 
TDOT crews discovered a depression in a turn lane on Highway 66 Monday morning and closed both the outside (or right) northbound travel lane and the turn lane to Huffaker Road to protect travelers as excavation and repairs began. After excavation, crews discovered a leak in a water line beneath the roadway had softened the ground and contributed to the sinkhole. Workers dug 25 feet down and approximately 10 to 15 feet in diameter to find the source of the water that saturated the ground under the road.
 

TDOT Announces Project to Improve I-26 Interchange at State Route 75

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 09:50 am
Proposed Improvements Approved by FHWA
 
 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Tuesday, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely along with Representative Dale Ford and House Speaker Kent Williams announced federal approval for a proposed project to improve the I-26 interchange at State Route 75 in Gray, Tennessee. The Federal Highway Administration has approved a study showing the need for a project to improve access and safety at the Interstate 26 interchange with State Route 75. The interchange modification project will be designed to improve traffic and safety concerns.
 

Speed Limit Reduced on Vietnam Veterans Boulevard (State Route 386)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 08:15 am
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will lower the speed limit on a large portion of Vietnam Veterans Boulevard (State Route 386) beginning Thursday, July 22, 2010. The speed limit will be reduced from 70 mph to 65 mph from the Davidson-Sumner County line near Mansker Creek to Greenlea Boulevard near Gallatin. Beyond Greenlea Boulevard, the incremental speed reductions already in place will remain. The speed limit on the stretch of Vietnam Veterans Boulevard from Interstate 65 to the Sumner County line will stay at 70 mph.

Recovery Act Funds Help to Open New Carter County Bridge

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 08:04 am
Traffic Flowing on Two Lane Bridge Two Months Ahead of Schedule
  
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined House Speaker Kent Williams and other state and local leaders today to officially open the new bridge over the Watauga River in the Siam community of Carter County. Traffic is already flowing on a new 2 lane concrete bridge that replaced a one lane steel structure originally built in 1941. The $1.55 million project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was one of the first ARRA construction projects in the state.
 

Major Closures on I-40 Bridge Over Mississippi River Begin August 3

Friday, July 16, 2010 | 10:03 am
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Crews are preparing to conduct a number of major lane closures as work to seismically retrofit the Interstate 40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River continues. Crews will be replacing a large seismic joint on three bridge piers near Exit 1 in Memphis beginning August 3, 2010. The work will be broken into three phases. Phase One will begin August 3, 2010 and includes the total closure of the I-40 eastbound off ramp at exit 1 for three weeks. Phase Two and Three will last from September 7, 2010 until mid-November and will involve the reduction of I-40 to one lane in each direction for 71 days.