Transportation

Bredesen Signs Emergency Proclamation for Second Polk County Rockslide

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 | 03:46 pm
01-19-10 A second intermediate rockslide occurs on US 64 at mile marker 10.9.
01-19-10 A second intermediate rockslide occurs on US 64 at mile marker 10.9.
2-4-2010 Crews work to clear trees and mud from second rockslide site.
2-4-2010 Crews work to clear trees and mud from second rockslide site.
Proclamation is First Step in Receiving Federal Emergency Relief Funds for Rockslide Clean-up
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today signed an Emergency Proclamation declaring a state of emergency in Polk County due to a second rockslide on U.S. Highway 64. The proclamation is the first step in a process to receive federal emergency relief funds to pay for the clean-up of the second rockslide. On January 19, rock and debris slid onto US 64 at mile marker 10.9 near Maddens Branch in Polk County. The roadway was already closed due to another rockslide that happened November 10, 2009 at mile marker 17.6 at TVA Ocoee Dam No. 2. Emergency relief funds have already been approved for work at the first rockslide.
 
“Highway 64 is a major route for people living in eastern Polk County and the closure of this roadway has created a tremendous hardship on these communities,” said Bredesen. “These funds should help expedite removal of the second slide and I have again emphasized to TDOT the need to reopen the roadway as quickly as possible, without jeopardizing safety.”
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 8

Monday, February 08, 2010 | 03:21 pm
Crews work to remove debris at the rockslide site.
Crews work to remove debris at the rockslide site.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Construction crews with Charles Blalock & Sons continue to work to clear a rockslide that closed US64 in Polk County. Crews today drilled the side of the slope in preparation for a pre-split blast that will bring down the remaining outcrop of unstable rock positioned above the roadway surface. Crews are also working to extend the 275 ton crane pad east in order to gain better access to the eastern face of the slope above the TVA dam.  Workers are scheduled to continue drilling, scaling and blasting work as weather permits.
 

TDOT Awards Emergency Contract for US441 Rockslide Clean-up & Repair in Sevier County

Monday, February 08, 2010 | 03:02 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation today awarded an emergency contract to Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. for the clean-up and repair of the US441 (The Spur) rockslide in Sevier County. Blalock was awarded a $713,909 contract to clear the rockslide and safely open the southbound lanes by March 12, 2010.

Federal Recovery Act Funds Put Hancock County Residents to Work

Monday, February 08, 2010 | 11:26 am
TDOT's 50 new highway maintenance workers in Hancock County are ready to go to work. The positions are made possible through Governor Bredesen's initiative to use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to reduce unemployment in Hancock County.
TDOT's 50 new highway maintenance workers in Hancock County are ready to go to work. The positions are made possible through Governor Bredesen's initiative to use American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to reduce unemployment in Hancock County.
TDOT’s New Employees Eager to Start New Jobs
 
Knoxville, Tenn. – Fifty Hancock County residents have their hard hats and safety vests in hand and are ready to start their new jobs with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  The employees are part of a plan outlined by Governor Phil Bredesen on December 16, 2009 to use federal Recovery Act funds to reduce unemployment in Hancock County. On Monday, February 1, 45 new hires began their employee and safety training with TDOT and on Tuesday the department hired five more Hancock County residents. 
 
“TDOT has worked quickly to hire, train and place these Hancock County citizens on the job as highway maintenance workers,” said Bredesen. “These new jobs, along with others outlined in the plan to reduce unemployment in Hancock County, should help ease some of the strain caused by the economic downturn.”
 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 5

Friday, February 05, 2010 | 03:45 pm
Crews work to break up large boulders
Crews work to break up large boulders
Crews work along the slope of the mountainside
Crews work along the slope of the mountainside
Blasting and Debris Removal Continues
 
CHATTANOOGA - Construction crews with Blalock & Sons and Dyno Nobel set off a series of pre-split and trim explosives on Wednesday in four different locations along the slope.  Thursday crews cleaned up the debris on the roadway surface that was created by the blasts by using a hydraulic ram-hoe and trackhoe.  Crews continue working on the slope to remove loose boulders and debris. Heavy rain and high winds have hampered operations today, but work will resume as soon as weather permits.
 

TDOT, THP & Tennessee Titans Remind Tennesseans: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk This Super Bowl Sunday

Friday, February 05, 2010 | 01:00 pm
Titans fans who pledged to be designated drivers during the 2009 season pose for a photo during an exclusive tour of LP Field
Titans fans who pledged to be designated drivers during the 2009 season pose for a photo during an exclusive tour of LP Field
Law enforcement will work overtime to crack down on drunk drivers
 
NASHVILLEThe Tennessee Department of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Titans and Tennessee Department of Safety are once again teaming up to remind Tennessee football fans that real Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk this Super Bowl weekend. 
 
“When it comes to preventing drunk driving, we’re all part of the team,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “Designating a sober driver this weekend is the best way to ensure everyone has a safe Super Bowl experience.”
 

I-40 in Tennessee Ranked Best Road in Nation for Fourth Year in a Row

Thursday, February 04, 2010 | 12:35 pm
June 12, 2009 - Motorists travel the newly rebuilt section of Interstate 40 near downtown Knoxville
June 12, 2009 - Motorists travel the newly rebuilt section of Interstate 40 near downtown Knoxville
Truckers Rank TN Statewide Roadway System Third Best for 11th Consecutive Year
 
NASHVILLE – At 455 miles in length, Tennessee is home to the longest stretch of Interstate 40 in the nation and, for the fourth straight year, the nation’s truckers have rated it the best stretch of roadway in America. In addition, truck drivers rated Tennessee’s overall roadway system third best in the country for the eleventh year in a row according to a recent survey of truck owners and operators by Overdrive Magazine.
 
"Tennessee’s roadways are a major economic asset in our work to attract opportunities for growth and development in our communities,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “I’m pleased to see this consistently high ranking of the state’s transportation system from some of the people who use it the most – our nation’s truckers.”

Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk This Super Bowl Sunday

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 | 04:30 pm
2008 Designated Drivers walk out onto LP Field during their tour of the Titans Stadium
2008 Designated Drivers walk out onto LP Field during their tour of the Titans Stadium
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation, Governor’s Highway Safety Office and Tennessee Department of Safety will join the Tennessee Titans Friday, February 5 to honor Titans fans who pledged to be designated drivers during this year’s football season and to remind all Tennesseans to designate a sober driver if consuming alcohol during this weekend’s Super Bowl. During the 2009 season, more than 6,000 Titans fans promised to refrain from drinking and be the designated driver for friends and family, making the Titans the top team in the AFC-South for designated drivers at home games.  Several of the fans who pledged to be designated drivers will be recognized and will receive an exclusive tour of LP Field. 

Polk County US-64 Rockslide Update For February 1

Monday, February 01, 2010 | 02:30 pm
2-1-2010 Hauling debris away from the rockslide site
2-1-2010 Hauling debris away from the rockslide site
2-1-2010 Loading slide debris into a dump truck for hauling off site
2-1-2010 Loading slide debris into a dump truck for hauling off site
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Construction crews with Charles Blalock & Sons resumed operations today after work was suspended over the weekend due to icy roadway and site conditions.  Today crews are breaking up and hauling away rockfall debris on the roadway that was generated from Thursday’s pre-split blasts.  This clearing of the roadway will allow crews to clear off the crane pad so that mechanical scaling, drilling and blasting operations that require the use of the 275-ton crane can resume.  This week the contractor will continue his operations in an eastward direction in order to make room on the western side of the slope for the new 150 ton crane and associated rock bolting operations.
 

TDOT Awards Contract for Clean-Up of Second U.S. 64 Rockslide

Monday, February 01, 2010 | 02:12 pm
January 19, 2010 - Crews respond to a second rockslide on US 64 in Polk County.
January 19, 2010 - Crews respond to a second rockslide on US 64 in Polk County.
Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. Awarded Second Contract
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded contractor Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc. a $759,000 contract for the clean-up of a second rockslide along U.S. 64 at mile marker 10.9 near Maddens Branch in Polk County. The second slide occurred on January 19, 2010 and partially blocked the roadway, which is already closed due to a major slide that occurred at mile marker 17.6 near TVA Ocoee Dam Number 2 on November 10, 2009. Blalock is also the contractor working to clear the first rock slide at the TVA Ocoee Dam Number 2 and will coordinate the simultaneous clean-up of both slides.
 
The $759,000 contract with Blalock does include a provision requiring the completion of the clean-up work for the second slide site by March 26, 2010. While initially not as large as the November 10 rockslide, the second slide which occurred on January 18 will require removal of nearly twice the amount of unstable debris.