Transportation

Bredesen Announces Recovery Act Funds to South Central Tennessee Development District

Friday, July 31, 2009 | 12:09 pm
$17.9 Million in Recovery Act Funds Awarded to Rural Transit Providers Across Tennessee
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that South Central Tennessee Development District Rural Public Transportation will receive $1.99 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for rural transportation services. The SCTDD provides public transportation services for citizens in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry and Wayne Counties.  

Bredesen Announces Recovery Funds to Southeast Tennessee Human Resources Agency

Friday, July 31, 2009 | 12:07 pm
$17.9 Million in Recovery Act Funds Awarded to Rural Transit Providers Across Tennessee
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that Southeast Tennessee Human Resources Agency will receive $1.5 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for rural transportation services. SETHRA provides public transportation services for citizens in Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie Counties.  
 

Bredesen Announces Recovery Funds to Southwest Tennessee Human Resources Agency

Friday, July 31, 2009 | 12:06 pm
$17.9 Million in Recovery Act Funds Awarded to Rural Transit Providers Across Tennessee
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that Southwest Tennessee Human Resources Agency will receive $1.39 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for rural transportation services. The SWHRA provides public transportation for citizens in Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and McNairy Counties.  
 

Bredesen Announces Recovery Act Funds to Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency

Friday, July 31, 2009 | 12:04 pm
$17.9 Million in Recovery Act Funds Awarded to Rural Transit Providers Across Tennessee
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency will receive $1.7 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for rural transportation services. UCHRA provides public transportation services for Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren and White Counties.  

Highway 66 Widening Project in Sevier County Begins

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 | 11:44 am
Workers install signs on the Highway 66 widening project. The project is funded through the Recovery Act.
Workers install signs on the Highway 66 widening project. The project is funded through the Recovery Act.
TDOT Keeping Motorists Informed with Highway 66 Web site and Twitter Page
 
KNOXVILLE – The most expensive highway project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Tennessee is now underway. Construction crews began widening a four mile section of Highway 66 in Sevier County Monday night, July 27. 
 
When completed, the $38.7 million project will widen the existing highway from four lanes to six lanes including shoulders, curb and gutter and sidewalks, from Boyds Creek Highway (SR-338) to SR-448 in Sevierville. Highway 66, also known as the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway, is the main artery into the popular tourist destinations of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With over 9 million visitors last year, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country.
 

TDOT Completes First Phase of Hillsboro Road Improvements

Monday, July 27, 2009 | 02:23 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews have completed the first phase of the Hillsboro Road Improvement Project ahead of schedule.  Originally planned to take place over four separate weekends, workers were able to complete excavation and paving work between Sharondale Drive and Crestmoor Road in half the originally estimated time, finishing after just two weekend closures. The early completion of this phase eliminates the need for future all-weekend lane closures through this area.
 

Weekend Lane Closures Continue on Hillsboro Road Improvement Project

Thursday, July 23, 2009 | 01:51 pm
NASHVILLE – Weekend lane closures along a busy section of Hillsboro Road in Green Hills will continue this weekend. The closures are part of a project to improve traffic flow along Hillsboro Road between Sharondale Drive and Crestmoor Road. Beginning at 9:00 p.m. Friday, July 24, Hillsboro Road Northbound will be reduced to one lane from Crestmoor Road to Sharondale Drive.  The lane closure will be in effect until no later than 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 27.
 

TDOT Breaks Ground on Recovery Act Project in Wilson County

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | 12:32 pm
State Route 171 to be Widened Using Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds
 
NASHVILLE – Members of the Tennessee Department of Transportation joined officials in Wilson County today to break ground on a project to widen State Route 171, also known as Mt. Juliet Road, from Division Street to US 70.  The project is being funded through money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

TDOT Opens Bids for Remaining Recovery Act Funded Projects

Friday, July 17, 2009 | 11:37 am
Crews in Greene County work to replace the Hannah Street Bridge
Crews in Greene County work to replace the Hannah Street Bridge
More than $429 Million in Recovery Act Funds Now Under Contract
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials today opened bids on some of the last state highway transportation projects to be funded through the federal Recovery and Reinvestment Act. To date, TDOT has awarded contracts on 190 Recovery Act funded projects totaling $429,793,126. TDOT opened bids on three projects today and will take bids on one other Recovery Act project in August.
 
“TDOT has moved very quickly to get Recovery Act funds under contract and projects underway to create and retain jobs for Tennesseans,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “Without the Recovery Act funds, many of these projects would not have been built or would have been delayed, so I’m pleased to see these projects move forward with Tennesseans at work.”

TDOT's HELP Program Celebrates Ten Years of Service

Monday, July 06, 2009 | 10:10 am
HELP Operators assist in a variety of ways. In this photo from January 2004, a HELP truck can be seen towing a plane from the interstate after an emergency landing.
HELP Operators assist in a variety of ways. In this photo from January 2004, a HELP truck can be seen towing a plane from the interstate after an emergency landing.
More than One Million Served during First Decade of Service
 
NASHVILLE – From flat tires and empty fuel gauges to major interstate incidents, TDOT’s HELP program is celebrating ten years of service in Tennessee’s urban areas.  HELP trucks began rolling in Nashville and Knoxville in the summer of 1999.  Service began in Memphis and Chattanooga in the summer of 2000.  Since the program launched, TDOT’s HELP drivers have responded to more than a million calls for various types of assistance, including one driver who helped deliver a baby.