Transportation

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 24

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 03:21 pm
Debris Hauling, Drilling, Rock Bolting and Blasting Continue
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – This week construction crews with Blalock & Sons continued drilling the eastern slope in preparation for blasts scheduled for Thursday and Friday while heavy equipment worked below on the roadway surface and the river bank to break up rock debris, load it onto trucks and haul the material off site. Hayward Baker crews continued drilling and installing rock bolts on the western slope.
 
Crews will continue drilling the eastern slope, installing rock bolts on the western slope, and breaking up and hauling debris away from the site throughout the week.
 
Work will continue during daylight hours seven days a week. The contractor plans to implement nighttime work for various operations once they can be done safely.

Two TDOT Leaders Honored as Tennessee Engineers of the Year

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 01:57 pm
Ed Wasserman was recently selected Outstanding Engineer of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.
Ed Wasserman was recently selected Outstanding Engineer of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.
Winston Gaffron was recently selected Government Engineer of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.
Winston Gaffron was recently selected Government Engineer of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers.
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation Structures Division Director Ed Wasserman and Region Three Director Winston Gaffron were recently honored as top engineers in Tennessee by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. Wasserman, who has spent 45 years with TDOT including 24 years as the Director of the Structures Division, was awarded the society’s highest honor, Outstanding Engineer of the Year. Gaffron, who has worked with TDOT for 37 years, received the Government Engineer of the Year Award.
 

Bredesen Announces Aeronautics Grants for Six Tennessee Airports

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 11:46 am
$1.3 Million Provided for Infrastructure and Other Improvements

 
NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $1.3 million have been approved for six Tennessee airports.
 
“Our local airports are vital to the economy and travel system of Tennessee,” said Bredesen. “Investing in our airports helps keep them competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of businesses and travelers.”
 

TDOT Awards Contract on Final State Route 840 Project

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 10:04 am
$55 Million Project Will Complete 78 Mile Highway
 
NASHVILLE – Construction on the final section of State Route 840 is set to begin. Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely awarded a construction contract on the final portion of State Route 840 on Friday, February 19.  The award comes after careful analysis of the eleven qualifying bids opened on February 5.  Eubank Asphalt Paving & Sealing of Charlotte, TN submitted the low bid of $55.1 million, and will begin construction of the road in the coming weeks. The project includes the construction of SR 840 from just west of Bending Chestnut Road to west of Leipers Creek Road in Williamson County, as well as the paving of SR 840 from SR 100 to SR 46 (Pinewood Road).
 
“This is a real milestone for the department of Transportation,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “The completion of State Route 840 will improve access to communities in the mid-state, provide increased economic growth potential, and give motorists a convenient alternate route around Nashville.”
 

Recovery Act Puts More People to Work in Lauderdale County

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 | 09:11 am
24 New TDOT employees in Lauderdale County are heading to work thanks to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
24 New TDOT employees in Lauderdale County are heading to work thanks to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
TDOT Hires 24 Additional People through Recovery Act Funded Initiative to Reduce Unemployment
 
NASHVILLE – Twenty-four Lauderdale County citizens put on their hard hats and safety vests and hit the roads today as new employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The new TDOT hires are part of Governor Phil Bredesen’s initiative to reduce unemployment in Lauderdale County by using Recovery Act funds to create job opportunities. The plan calls for the creation of 175 jobs, including 50 new Highway Maintenance workers at TDOT.
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 22

Monday, February 22, 2010 | 03:17 pm
A crew drills along the rock slope.
A crew drills along the rock slope.
Large rock bolts ready for installation along the western rock face.
Large rock bolts ready for installation along the western rock face.
Drilling, Rock Bolting and Blasting Continue
 
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Work continues to progress on the stabilization and clearing of the rockslide along US64 at Mile Marker 17 in Polk County. Construction crews with TDOT’s emergency contractor on the site, Charles Blalock & Sons, and blasting sub-contractor Dyno Nobel, set off a number of blasts along the eastern side of the slide area this weekend to address the instability of the large 22 ft. diagonal shelf near TVA Ocoee 2 Dam. Today the contractor drilled more holes along the eastern slope in preparation for another round of blasting scheduled for Wednesday.
 

Rockslide repairs continue on US441

Friday, February 19, 2010 | 04:26 pm
Crews drive “H” Piles to begin the foundation for a retaining wall.
Crews drive “H” Piles to begin the foundation for a retaining wall.
Knoxville, Tenn. – In their first week of work, TDOT’s emergency repair contractor, Charles Blalock and Sons, Incorporated, has been able to maintain an aggressive schedule despite inclement weather conditions.
 
Contractors have used 54 rock dowels reinforced with grout to secure the rock slope. Crews have also drilled ten footings to place four “H” piles, which were secured by concrete, to begin the foundation of what will become a retaining wall. 

Tennessee Rail Projects Awarded $55.3 Million in Recovery Act TIGER Grants

Thursday, February 18, 2010 | 12:00 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee will receive $55.3 million in federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grants for two rail projects in the state. The US DOT announced $1.5 billion in federal TIGER grant funds for more than 50 projects across the U.S. on Wednesday, the one year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which funds the competitive TIGER grants.
 

Bredesen Announces SBA Disaster Loans Now Available to Businesses Impacted by U.S. 64 Rock Slide

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 04:59 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the Small Business Administration is making Economic Injury Disaster Loans available in Polk County and three adjacent Tennessee counties – Bradley, McMinn and Monroe – as well as for two counties in Georgia (Fannin and Murray) and one in North Carolina (Cherokee). The assistance comes in response to Bredesen’s request for federal aid following a rock slide that closed U.S. Highway 64 on November 10, 2009.