Transportation

Governor Identifies 49 Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region Three for Funding

Friday, April 30, 2010 | 10:18 am
The Three-Year Program includes funds for the replacement of the aging truss bridge over the Cumberland River betwen Sumner and Wilson Counties.
The Three-Year Program includes funds for the replacement of the aging truss bridge over the Cumberland River betwen Sumner and Wilson Counties.
Projects to be funded through Bridge Bonding and Traditional Funds
 
NASHVILLE— Governor Phil Bredesen today released the final three-year transportation program of his administration which includes completion of several major strategic corridor projects and the state’s Better Bridges bonding program. The three-tiered program includes $1.5 billion for highways and bridges to fund more than 175 individual construction phases in 70 counties in Tennessee.  Included in the proposal, which has been presented to the Legislature, are 49 highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region Three.
 

Governor Identifies 55 Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region Four for Funding

Friday, April 30, 2010 | 10:16 am
The Three-Year Program includes funds to complete the seismic retrofit of the I-40 Bridge over the Mississippi in Tennessee.
The Three-Year Program includes funds to complete the seismic retrofit of the I-40 Bridge over the Mississippi in Tennessee.
Projects to be funded through Bridge Bonding and Traditional Funds
 
NASHVILLE— Governor Phil Bredesen today released the final three-year transportation program of his administration which includes completion of several major strategic corridor projects and the state’s Better Bridges bonding program. The three-tiered program includes $1.5 billion for highways and bridges to fund more than 175 individual project phases in 70 counties in Tennessee. Included in the proposal, which has been presented to the Legislature, are 54 highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region Four.
 

U.S. 129 Rockslide Update for April 29

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 03:42 pm
Crews drill along the rock slope in preparation for anchor bolt installation and low-impact blasting.
Crews drill along the rock slope in preparation for anchor bolt installation and low-impact blasting.
Platform drills are used for drilling on the unstable slope.
Platform drills are used for drilling on the unstable slope.
Crews use a spider cage and bencher drill on the mountainside.
Crews use a spider cage and bencher drill on the mountainside.
Crews overcome stormy weather to remain ahead of schedule
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Work to remove and stabilize a major rockslide along U.S. 129/State Route 115 in Blount County continues to progress ahead of schedule. Scaling crews are now in the process of drilling 30 foot holes into the eastern side of the slide area for the future installation of large anchor bolts. The anchor bolts will be installed into the rock face and will help hold layers of rock together in place. The anchor bolts range in length from 20 feet to 50 feet and are expected to arrive at the project site this weekend. 
 

TDOT’s New Marshall County Employees on the Job

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 12:00 pm
Pictured are 30 new Tennessee Department of Transportation employees from Marshall County.
Pictured are 30 new Tennessee Department of Transportation employees from Marshall County.
New Hires Funded Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Initiative
 
NASHVILLE – Thirty Marshall County citizens hit the roads Monday, April 26 as new employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  On April 7, Governor Phil Bredesen outlined a plan to use federal Recovery Act funds to reduce unemployment in Marshall County by putting a total of 175 people back to work. These 30 newly-hired TDOT workers are among the first to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Governor’s plan.
 

Distracted Driving Campaign Draws Attention to Cell Phone Use

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 09:15 am
April 30 is National “No Phone Zone Day”
 
Nashville, TN – The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is joining the national Governors Highway Safety Association, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Oprah Winfrey for a national day of awareness to end distracted driving. Friday, April 30 will be designated the first national “No Phone Zone Day.”
 
“Many people use cell phones from a place they were never intended to be used: the driver’s seat,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “When Tennesseans' hands are off the wheel, their focus is off the task of driving, and the consequences can be deadly.”
 

Update on U.S. 129 Rockslide Project for April 27

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | 02:47 pm
Drilling Continues as the next phase of repairs begin
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Work continues on a project to stabilize and remove debris from a rockslide on U.S. 129/SR-115 in Blount County, Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition is working this week to drill blast holes at the bottom of the slide area for future trim blasting work. Rock scalers are also drilling holes at the east end of the slide to prepare for the installation of mesh draping which will be used to keep the slope stable.

Landslide & Sinkhole Closes Portion of US-64 in Wayne County

Monday, April 26, 2010 | 11:02 am
A landslide and sinkhole force the closure of a portion of US 64 in Wayne County.
A landslide and sinkhole force the closure of a portion of US 64 in Wayne County.
TDOT crews are currently assessing the damage. The road will remain closed until repairs are made.
TDOT crews are currently assessing the damage. The road will remain closed until repairs are made.
NASHVILLE – US 64 in Wayne County is closed between State Route 114 and the Hardin County line due to a landslide and sinkhole that occurred following heavy weekend rains. The landslide, which was discovered at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 25, caused a 50 foot section of the eastbound travel lane of US 64 to collapse. As crews began the process of constructing a temporary travel lane on the westbound side of the roadway on Sunday afternoon, a large sinkhole was uncovered.   

I-40 in North Carolina Reopens

Monday, April 26, 2010 | 09:40 am
 
From the North Carolina DOT:

RALEIGH — The stretch of Interstate 40 in Western North Carolina that has been closed by a rockslide since October reopened Sunday, April 25 at 6 p.m.
 
Work will continue in the area through the summer as crews complete stabilization efforts – including the installation of rock bolts and anchor mesh – at five additional sites. Both eastbound lanes will be open; however, one westbound lane will be closed for about three miles for this work.

Update on U.S. 129 Slide Repairs for April 22

Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 10:15 am
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Scaling operations continue at the site of a rockslide that closed a section of U.S. 129/SR-115 from the Tabcat Bridge to just before the Foothills Parkway on March 14.
 
Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd.is scaling the top of the main slide area today in preparation for anchor drilling next week.
Workers will also begin drilling holes for the mesh anchors on the east side of the slide where scaling is finished. This preparation work will continue through the weekend.
 

U.S. 129 Slide Repair Update for April 20

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | 01:51 pm
Contractor Prepares for Low-impact Blasting as Scaling Continues
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. continues working to remove unstable rock from of the slope above U.S. 129/SR-115 in Blount County. A section of U.S. 129 from the Foothills Parkway to the Tabcatt Bridge was closed on March 14 after a major rockslide. 
 
Since work began on April 6, crews have removed approximately 1,500 cubic yards of unstable rock from the face of the slope. The scaled rock combined with the material that has already fallen from the unstable slope has left an estimated 4,000 cubic yards of rock on the roadway.