Water Pumping Begins on U.S. 129 Rockslide in Blount County

Saturday, June 05, 2010 | 05:08 pm
Kerry Jager monitors the movement of the unstable rock mass
Kerry Jager monitors the movement of the unstable rock mass
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Water pumping operations have started at the rockslide area on U.S. 129/SR-115 in Blount County. Emergency contractor Pacific Blasting and Demolition Ltd is using water to saturate and lubricate an unstable rock mass that started shifting this week. The procedure is used to safely cause the rock mass to slip and break away from the mountainside and fall. 
Since the unstable rock began to move on Wednesday, it has shifted more than 4 feet down the mountainside. Several truck loads of rock have broken away from the mass and have fallen in the past 48 hours.

Water to be Used to Potentially Break Apart Unstable Rock on U.S. 129 Rockslide Project

Friday, June 04, 2010 | 03:00 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The emergency contractor working to clear a rockslide from U.S. 129/SR-115 in Blount County will use water to help bring down a mass of unstable rock above the roadway. Pacific Blasting and Demolition Ltd. will use a water pump to saturate and lubricate the slope with water in hopes the unstable rock mass will break away from the mountainside and slide to the ground without blasting the area. The unstable rock mass has moved nearly two feet since Wednesday night and could potentially fall at any point. Water pumping is scheduled to begin this weekend. Drilling for trim blasting at the site has stopped until the mass is removed, but repairs continue in other areas at the site.

TDOT and THP Prepare for 2010 Bonnaroo

Friday, June 04, 2010 | 10:02 am

More than 80,000 Expected in Manchester Area for Ninth Annual Music and Arts Festival

NASHVILLE – For nine years, Middle Tennessee has played host to one of the premiere live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  The popular festival has people from all walks of life and from all corners of the country making the small city of Manchester in Coffee County their temporary home for several days each June.  As in years past, more than 80,000 music lovers are expected to attend this year’s festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 10, and winds down Sunday night, June 13. 

Movement of Unstable Rock Suspends a Portion of Drilling on U.S. 129 Rockslide Project in Blount County

Thursday, June 03, 2010 | 03:26 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Crews are keeping a close eye on the movement of some unstable rock that became apparent overnight at the site of a rockslide on U.S. 129/SR-115 in Blount County. On Wednesday, workers drilled their first hole in a series of 21 holes that were expected to be completed this week to insert low-impact explosives for a trim blast. However, after significant movement was detected today, drilling was suspended to protect the safety of the crews. Tennessee Department of Transportation emergency contractor Pacific Blasting & Demolition is continuing to monitor the movement that could bring more rock to the ground without a trim blast.

Crews Install Mesh Draping to Continue Stabilization at U.S. 129 Rockslide in Blount County

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 | 03:44 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Crews working to clear a rockslide on U.S. 129/SR-115 are today preparing for a small trim-blast at the site to remove more lose rock and debris from the side of the rock slope above the roadway. The crews will drill 21 holes this week to insert low-impact explosives for the next blast scheduled for later this week. 

TDOT to Reinstate H.O.V. Lane Restrictions Tuesday, June 1

Friday, May 28, 2010 | 11:20 am
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will reinstate H.O.V. lane restrictions in the Nashville area on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. TDOT lifted the restrictions on Wednesday, May 5 in response to the high traffic volumes experienced on Interstate routes in the Nashville area following the May 2010 flood due to limited transit services and the closure of many local roads due to flood damage. Most local roadways are now open to traffic and transit is now running normal routes.

Click It or Ticket 2010 Works to Keep Drivers Safe Day and Night

Friday, May 28, 2010 | 09:46 am
Special Nighttime Enforcement Effort with Border States
NASHVILLE – In 2008, 13,250 people across the U.S. unbuckled their safety belt and walked away from what could have been a deadly crash. That’s more than 13,000 people who were able to hug their family, talk with friends and live to see another day thanks in part to their safety belt.
Tennessee’s Governor’s Highway Safety Office is joining hundreds of law enforcement officials, highway safety representatives and safety advocates nationwide to remind motorists that safety belts do save lives during the annual Click It or Ticket education and enforcement campaign. As part of the campaign, Tennessee’s law enforcement agencies are partnering with border states for special nighttime Hands Across the Border safety belt enforcement events to draw attention to the need to wear a safety belt at all times, day and night.

Portion of Concord Road in Williamson County Closing June 1st

Friday, May 28, 2010 | 08:00 am
NASHVILLE – A portion of Concord Road (State Route 253) in Williamson County will close beginning June 1, 2010. The closure will allow Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews to accelerate the excavation and utility relocation work that must be completed for the widening of Concord Road. Concord Road will be closed from Edmondson Pike to Crockett Road for approximately 120 days.  

Bredesen Announces Aeronautics Grants for Six Tennessee Airports

Friday, May 28, 2010 | 07:55 am
$1.7 Million Provides for Infrastructure and Other Improvements
NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that federal aeronautics grants totaling $1,690,891 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.”

U.S. 129 Rockslide Update for May 27

Thursday, May 27, 2010 | 03:15 pm
Drilling and Clean-Up Continue After Effective Trim Blasts

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Several hundred tons of material is being hauled away as crews continue to work to repair and stabilize a mountainside that slid onto U.S. 129/SR-115 on March 14,2010. More than 11,000 tons of rock has been removed from the unstable slope using three trim blasts and scaling. This week, crews have hauled away more than 55 truck-loads of material. Hauling will continue through the rest of the week.