Transportation

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update for April 6

Tuesday, April 06, 2010 | 08:29 am
Crew Works to Repair River Access Ramp
Crew Works to Repair River Access Ramp
Drilling the Slope for Rock Bolts
Drilling the Slope for Rock Bolts

Crews Repair Ramp while Rock Bolting Operations Continue

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –Crews continue cleaning up the rockslide site by removing remaining debris, dismantling the temporary rockfall fence and making repairs to the river access ramp adjacent to Ocoee 2 Dam.  Rock bolting crews continue drilling in preparation for rock bolting operations on the

TDOT Now Accepting “Green Island” Biofuels Corridor Grant Applications

Thursday, April 01, 2010 | 01:43 pm
Green Island Grants support retail E85 and B20 pumps like these at a station along I-65 in Goodlettesville, just north of Nashville.
Green Island Grants support retail E85 and B20 pumps like these at a station along I-65 in Goodlettesville, just north of Nashville.
Grants Provide Funds to Help Retail Fuel Stations Install Biofuel Infrastructure
 
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for the next round of Green Island Biofuel Corridor Network grants. The deadline to apply for the grants is April 30, 2010. The Green Island grant program is a competitive funding opportunity available to retail fuel station owners and farmer co-ops interested in promoting and selling two biofuel blends, E85 (ethanol) and B20 (biodiesel).  The goal of the Green Island grant program is to establish a statewide network of publicly accessible B20 and E85 refueling stations, particularly along interstates and major highways and in major population centers.
 
“Green Island grants encourage and help expand the commercial availability of biofuels in Tennessee, giving motorists more options at the pump and reducing harmful vehicle emissions,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “This program is a vital piece of the state’s efforts to make biofuels a real option for Tennesseans.”
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update for April 1

Thursday, April 01, 2010 | 11:34 am
Crew Begins Dismantling 100’ Long Rockfall Fence Erected Above TVA Dam
Crew Begins Dismantling 100’ Long Rockfall Fence Erected Above TVA Dam
Drilling Continues for Rock Bolting Operations
Drilling Continues for Rock Bolting Operations

Rock Bolting Operations Continue while Crews Begin Disassembly of Rockfall Fence

 

 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The emergency contractor working to stabilize and repair damage from the November 10, 2009 rockslide on U.S. 64 in Polk County continues to work toward a completion date of April 16, 2010. Crews are drilling 15’ to 40’ deep holes throughout the face of the rock slope as they prepare to install 2” diameter threaded anchor bolts that will help prevent future slides from occurring.

TDOT Halts Interstate Construction for Easter Travel Holiday

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 | 07:00 am
Travelers in Tennessee can dial 511 for information on rest areas, incidents, construction, weather, and more.
Travelers in Tennessee can dial 511 for information on rest areas, incidents, construction, weather, and more.
Department Urges Safety in Work Zones Despite Suspension of Work

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.
 
TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work which requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. Monday, April 5.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.
 
“Many families get together during the Easter holiday, and we want to minimize travel interruptions for motorists in Tennessee,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “Suspending lane closures will provide maximum roadway capacity to the many people traveling in Tennessee this holiday weekend.”
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update for March 30

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | 12:01 pm
Contractor continues debris removal from roadway and ramp
Contractor continues debris removal from roadway and ramp
Drilling slope in preparation for installing rock bolts
Drilling slope in preparation for installing rock bolts

Drilling and Rock Bolting Operations Continue Around the Clock

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The emergency contractor working to stabilize and repair damage from the November 10, 2009 rockslide on U.S. 64 in Polk County continues to work toward a completion date of April 16, 2010. Late last week, crews broke up and hauled off the majority of the remaining slide debris

Emergency Contract Awarded for U.S. 129 Rockslide Repairs

Monday, March 29, 2010 | 03:30 pm
Rocks continue to fall from the site of a March 14 rockslide along U.S. 129
Rocks continue to fall from the site of a March 14 rockslide along U.S. 129
Incentive Provided to Complete Work by July 1, 2010
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation today awarded Pacific Blasting Demolition Ltd. an emergency contract to begin working to stabilize, remove debris and repair damage caused by a rockslide on U.S. 129/SR-115. The slide, which occurred on March 14, 2010, completely blocked U.S. 129 near the Chilhowee Dam in Blount County, Tennessee.
 
Pacific Blasting Demolition Ltd. submitted the low bid of $1.99million.  Crews with Pacific Blasting are beginning to mobilize equipment and personnel and will begin work on the complex slide removal and stabilization project no later than April 5, 2010. 

TDOT Debuts Enhanced TN511 Motorist Information System

Monday, March 29, 2010 | 01:03 pm
New 511 System Offers New Options for Motorists
  
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation today unveiled a new enhanced 511 travel information system. Motorists who dial 5-1-1 can now access information about rest areas, public transportation, airports, and tourism as well as the standard features such as incidents, construction projects and weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.  TN511 debuted in August 2006 and has provided information to more than 2.5 million callers. 
 

U.S. 51 at the Wolf River Bridge to Close Temporarily for Bridge Work

Monday, March 29, 2010 | 12:26 pm
Closure schedule during non-peak travel hours to minimize traffic disruption
 
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close a section of U.S. Highway 51 at the Wolf River Bridge from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 in order to safely install deck panels on the bridge. The ramp from westbound State Route 300 to southbound U.S. 51 will also be closed.  Crews must temporarily close the bridge because of the river’s high water level which negated the use of a crane to access to the middle portion of the bridge. TDOT scheduled the closure from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in order to avoid peak travel times in the area and minimize travel delays for motorists.
 

I-240 in Memphis Reopens After Major Sinkhole Repair

Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 06:00 pm
Crews will be back on site Friday to pave the roadway
  
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation reopened a section of Interstate 240 eastbound Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. after repairing a large sinkhole near mile marker 13. The sinkhole occurred around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 forcing TDOT to close the two left lanes of I-240 eastbound near Walnut Grove. Crews worked around the clock to reopen the roadway. Workers located and repaired the leaking median drain and box culvert wall, then backfilled the hole, placed base stone and laid a base layer of asphalt in order to reopen the roadway Thursday night. 
 
On Friday, March 26, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. crews will again close the two left lanes in order to place final pavement and road striping and reopen the roadway.
 

Bidding Process to Begin for Rockslide Repairs

Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 12:24 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Work to clear a rockslide that closed U.S.-129/SR-115 is expected to begin early April. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will let an emergency contract to clear the slide on Monday, March 29. TDOT qualified two specialty contractors, Pacific Blasting Demolition Ltd. and Phillips & Jordan, Inc., to bid on the project. Both contractors offer specialized experience in rockslide clearance and stabilization that is needed to repair the substantial and complex slide on U.S.-129/SR-115.
 
The emergency contract is expected to be awarded to one of the two specialty contractors on Monday, March 29 with work expected to begin no later than April 5. This will allow contractors time to transport specialized equipment to the site of the slide in Blount County.
 
TDOT’s contract has a completion date of July 31, 2010.