Transportation

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. 
 

TDOT Reminds Motorists: Work Zones Deserve Your Undivided Attention

Friday, April 16, 2010 | 08:51 am
Maintenance crews patch potholes just inches from traffic in Nashville.
Maintenance crews patch potholes just inches from traffic in Nashville.
TDOT will light their Regional and Headquarters Offices and a number of other buildings in the state in orange during Work Zone Awareness Week.
TDOT will light their Regional and Headquarters Offices and a number of other buildings in the state in orange during Work Zone Awareness Week.
National Work Zone Awareness Week April 19-23
 
NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen today proclaimed April 19 – 23, 2010 Work Zone Awareness Week in Tennessee, joining states across the nation to remind motorists that Work Zones Deserve Your Undivided Attention. The U.S. Department of Transportation, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and departments of transportation across the U.S. are highlighting the dangers of distracted driving in work zones.
 
“Distracted driving is a serious issue, especially in highway work zones where drivers may encounter sudden lane shifts or slower traffic,” said Bredesen. “There is no text, call or other distraction that is worth taking a life. The message is simple: turn it off, put it down and pay undivided attention to your driving, especially in highway work zones. It could save a life.”
 

State Route 92 Bridge in Dandridge Opens a Month Ahead of Schedule

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 10:21 am
Contractor to Receive Full Incentive
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews re-opened the State Route 92 Bridge over the French Broad River in Dandridge today more than a month ahead of schedule. The $1.4 million project was schedule to be complete by May 15, 2010, however, after a final bridge inspection, the bridge reopened to traffic shortly after 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, April 14.  TDOT provided an incentive of $100,000 to reopen the bridge by April 17.
 

U.S.-64 in Polk County Reopens to Traffic

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 09:19 am
Rockslide Stabilization Projects Complete
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Traffic is once again flowing on U.S. 64 in Polk County after five months of work to clear and stabilize two rockslides along the route. Workers completed the work to stabilize and clear the two rockslides along U.S. 64 in the Ocoee Gorge at 11:15 a.m. ET today and traffic was allowed on U.S. 64 for the first time since November 10, 2009 when the road was completely closed by a massive rockslide at mm 17.6 near TVA Ocoee 2 Dam. Work to stabilize the first rockslide began on November 16 with the awarding of a $2.1 million emergency contract to Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc. from Sevierville, TN. 
 
“I am very pleased to announce the reopening of this vital roadway through Polk County,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “I want to thank the people of Polk County for being patient with us as we worked on this difficult and dangerous project.”
 

Chestnut Street Bridge Reopens Ahead of Schedule

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | 08:14 am
The Chestnut Street Bridge opens more than two months ahead of schedule. The bridge replacement project was funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
The Chestnut Street Bridge opens more than two months ahead of schedule. The bridge replacement project was funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.
Construction of New Bridge Completed More than Two Months Early
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the early completion of a bridge replacement project on Chestnut Street in Nashville. A portion of Chestnut Street, which has been closed since the project began in August 2009, is now open to traffic.
 
The $2 million project, which was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, replaced the bridge that crosses over the CSX Railroad. The 80 year old bridge was classified in “Poor” condition and was on the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. The bridge’s sufficiency rating was 37.6 out of 100.