Transportation

I-81 Emergency Bridge Repairs Begin This Weekend in Greene County

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | 08:19 am
I-81 to Close While Repairs are Made
 
Knoxville, Tenn.—The Tennessee Department of Transportation will perform emergency bridge beam repairs to the I-81 northbound and southbound bridges over U.S. 11E at exit 23 in Greene County over the next two weekends. TDOT crews will close the I-81 northbound bridge on Saturday, November, 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET to begin repairs and will reopen I-81 north by 10:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, November, 15. TDOT crews will make repairs to the I-81 southbound bridge the following weekend beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 21 until 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 22. During each closure traffic will be diverted down the off ramp at exit 23, across U.S. Highway 11E and back on to I-81.
 

Statement from Commissioner Gerald Nicely on Death of Highway Workers in Anderson County

Monday, November 09, 2009 | 10:41 am
NASHVILLE - “I speak for everyone here at the Tennessee Department of Transportation when I say our deepest sympathies are with the families, co-workers and friends of the two highway workers from Lu, Inc. who were struck and killed today along I-75 in Anderson County. Highway construction workers put their lives at risk every day to build and maintain our transportation system. Unfortunately, incidents like this are all too common. The death of these two men should serve as a reminder to all motorists of the importance of using the utmost caution when workers are present along the roadway.”
 

Agencies Partner to Assist Motorists During I-40 Rock Slide

Monday, November 02, 2009 | 12:40 pm
Huge boulders cover I-40 in North Carolina
Huge boulders cover I-40 in North Carolina
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Motorists Detoured to Alternate Routes for Several Months
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are working together to keep motorists informed about the closure of Interstate 40 near the North Carolina state line. In Tennessee, I-40 is closed in both directions at mile marker 451 (Waterville) due to a massive rock slide that buried the interstate at mile marker 2.6 in North Carolina just after 2 a.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2009. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has made an emergency declaration and is working aggressively to remove the rock from the roadway however it will be several months before the interstate is reopened. As a result, motorists are being detoured to I-81 and I-26.
 

Bredesen Announces Aeronautics Grants for Nine Tennessee Airports

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | 10:00 am
NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $3.4 million have been approved for nine 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.”
 

Tennessee Works to Save Lives During National Teen Driver Safety Week

Monday, October 19, 2009 | 06:27 am
Students at St. Agnes Academy in Knoxville participate in the Between the Barrels program.
Students at St. Agnes Academy in Knoxville participate in the Between the Barrels program.
Governor’s Highway Safety Office Initiatives Educate Teens About Safe Driving Practices
 
NASHVILLE – In 2008, 125 families buried a teenager following a crash on a Tennessee roadway. October 18-24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office is working to save the lives of teens by asking Tennesseans to step up and talk to teens about important issues like wearing a safety belt, avoiding distracted driving and discouraging underage drinking. 
 

Tennessee Byways Program Awarded Three National Designations

Monday, October 19, 2009 | 06:24 am
East Tennessee Crossing near Clinch Mountain. Photo Credit: www.byways.org
East Tennessee Crossing near Clinch Mountain. Photo Credit: www.byways.org
Great River Road Tennessee, East Tennessee Crossing and Woodlands Trace added to America’s Byways Collection® 
 
NASHVILLE – Three Tennessee roadways are now nationally recognized as National Scenic Byways. The Federal Highway Administration designated the Great River Road Tennessee, the East Tennessee Crossing, and Woodlands Trace in Tennessee as National Scenic Byways during an official ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Friday, October 16.  The three byways have been added to the collection of 151 distinctive and diverse roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
 

Governor Bredesen Awards $17.8 Million in Highway Safety Grants

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | 01:10 pm
244 Agencies to Receive Funds to Improve Safety on Tennessee Roadways
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today awarded more than $17.8 million in highway safety grants to 244 agencies across Tennessee.
 
The Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) mission is to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination, and program support in partnership with other public and private organizations. The grants awarded will be used to promote this mission.
 

Adopt-A-Highway Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Friday, October 09, 2009 | 09:26 am
Governor Proclaims October 11-17 as Show Your Pride - Adopt-A-Highway Week
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today proclaimed October 11-17 as “Show Your Pride - Adopt-A-Highway” week in Tennessee to recognize the hundreds of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers who work each year to keep litter off state roadways. The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program turns 20 on October 11. Originally established on October 11, 1989, volunteers with the program have logged thousands of hours working to keep Tennessee litter free.
 
“The volunteers of the Adopt-A-Highway Program are essential partners in protecting and preserving the natural beauty of Tennessee and deserve our thanks and recognition for their commitment and sense of community,” said Governor Bredesen. “I hope that in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the program, even more Tennesseans will volunteer and take an active role in keeping our state beautiful.”
 

Governor Bredesen Announces Grants for McGhee Tyson Airport

Monday, October 05, 2009 | 11:34 am
Grants awarded through TDOT’s Aeronautics Division
 
NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that aeronautics grants in the amount of $855,000 have been approved for the McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville.
 
“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. I’m pleased to support continued improvement at McGhee Tyson Airport.”