Transportation

U.S. 129 Rockslide Update for May 13

Thursday, May 13, 2010 | 01:39 pm

Substantial Progress Continues at Blount County Rockslide

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – An aggressive drilling schedule continues for crews working to stabilize, repair and clear a rockslide that closed U.S. 129/State Route 115 in Blount County on March 14. 

This week, Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. drilled holes for 41 rock bolts at the top of the slope before 50 mile per hour wind gusts suspended repair operations on Tuesday. However, crews were able to install the 41 rock bolts and 5 mesh anchors at the top of the rockslide repair area. Crews have also started to grout the newly installed rock bolts into place. 

Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office Works to Save Lives on Rural Roads

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | 01:40 pm
Law Enforcement Buckles Down on Rural Motorists Not Buckled Up Through
Special Click It or Ticket Enforcement Blitz This May
 
Nashville, TN – In an effort to save lives in Tennessee, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office is working with rural law enforcement agenciesto conduct a special high-visibility Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign this May. The agencies are joining forces with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and state and local highway safety and law enforcement leaders across Tennessee.
 

TDOT Awards Emergency Contracts For Flood Repair

Thursday, May 06, 2010 | 02:48 pm

NASHVILLE - Commissioner Gerald Nicely awarded ten emergency contracts late Wednesday to repair damage to bridges and highways as a result of the recent floods in west and middle Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Transportation had already begun the arduous process of assessing the damage to bridges and roads across the state.

U.S. 129 Slide Repair Update for May 6

Thursday, May 06, 2010 | 01:55 pm
Anchor bolt
Anchor bolt
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Drilling and grouting operations will dominate the rest of the week and the weekend at the rockslide area on U.S. 129/State Route 115 in Blount County. Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting and Demolition Ltd. will add grout to the large anchor bolts on the east end of the slope. The grout will provide continued stability to the anchors, while protecting the steel from deterioration that can be caused by rust.
 

New TDOT Employees in Scott County Anxious to Get to Work

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 | 03:19 pm

New TDOT employees in Scott County
New TDOT employees in Scott County
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In February 2010, Scott County’s unemployment rate continues to linger at 18.3 percent which is well above the state average of 10.8 percent. On April 8, Governor Phil Bredesen announced his plan to use funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to put 150 Scott County residents back to work. One third of those new positions will be filled within the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

U.S. 129 Slide Repair Update for May 4

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 | 01:30 pm
Drilling to Continue Through the Week
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd. is continuing to work on stabilizing the mountainside that overlooks U.S. 129/State Route 115 in Blount County. A major rockslide closed both lanes just past the Foothills Parkway on U.S. 129 on March 14, 2010.

TDOT Completes Rockslide Repairs on U.S. 441 in Sevier County

Friday, April 30, 2010 | 01:50 pm
A 2,411 square foot retaining wall with a stone veneer facade was constructed during the rockslide repair project.
A 2,411 square foot retaining wall with a stone veneer facade was constructed during the rockslide repair project.
"The Spur" Now Has New Rockfall Protection in Place
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The final stripes have been laid and the orange barrels have been removed along U.S. 441/SR-71 in Sevier County. The Tennessee Department of Transportation's emergency contractor, Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc., put the finishing touches on the roadway on Friday morning shortly after 8 a.m. In the final week of the project, crews finished striping and shoulder work to end the second phase of the contract right on schedule.
 

Governor Releases Multi-modal Transportation Improvement Plan for 2010-2013

Friday, April 30, 2010 | 10:25 am
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 continues funding for transit, rail, water and aviation programs. The three-year Multi-modal Work Program for 2010-2013 includes 238 transportation projects & programs, including 175 individual highway project phases, 31 transit, water, rail & aviation initiatives, and 32 transportation programs serving Tennesseans across the state.