TDOT Reminds Drivers, “When There’s Ice and Snow, Take It Slow”

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 | 11:24 am
A TDOT Snow Plow at Work on I-26 in Unicoi County on December 1, 2008
A TDOT Snow Plow at Work on I-26 in Unicoi County on December 1, 2008
TDOT's Nashville District Receives 700 Tons of Salt on December 2, 2008
TDOT's Nashville District Receives 700 Tons of Salt on December 2, 2008
TDOT Regions Stocked with 200,000 Tons of Salt and 1.6 Million Gallons of Salt Brine
NASHVILLE – Snow is already falling in areas of Tennessee and Tennessee Department of Transportation maintenance forces are committed to keeping the volunteer state’s Interstates, U.S. Highways and State Routes clear of ice and snow this winter season. December 1, 2008 marks the beginning of Winter Driving Safety Week. TDOT is teaming up with the Tennessee Highway Patrol to remind drivers when there’s Ice and Snow: Take it Slow.

MEDIA ADVISORY: TDOT Prepares for Winter Weather in Middle Tennessee

Monday, December 01, 2008 | 04:45 pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will be receiving approximately 700 tons of salt tomorrow at its regional maintenance facility located just off Centennial Boulevard in Nashville. Multiple shipments of salt will be arriving between 8:00 a.m. and Noon.
In addition to the salt deliveries, there will be photo & video opportunities to show equipment and other aspects of TDOT’s winter weather operations.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Tennessee to Remember Victims of Impaired Driving

Monday, December 01, 2008 | 10:27 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely and Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole will join state and local law enforcement officials and victims of impaired driving on Wednesday, December 3 at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel to remember the 390 people killed in impaired driving incidents in Tennessee in 2007. The event will mark the beginning of National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month in Tennessee. In 2007, 390 Tennesseans and 12,998 people nationwide died in alcohol-related crashes involving a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and law enforcement officials have this holiday message: Whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many, it’s not worth the risk of killing yourself or someone else: Booze It and Lose It.

Bredesen Announces $4.6 Million in Litter Grants for Tennessee Counties

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 | 12:08 pm
Grants Awarded through TDOT’s Beautification Division
NASHVILLE — As part of the effort to StopLitter™ in Tennessee, Governor Phil Bredesen and TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely today awarded $4,642,382 in litter grant funds to all 95 counties in Tennessee.
“Each year volunteers pick up around 25 million pounds of roadside litter in Tennessee alone,” said Bredesen. “Litter is an eye-sore, it’s costly to clean up and can be harmful to our environment, but it’s totally preventable. These funds will be used by counties across the state to organize their pick-up efforts and conduct educational campaigns to teach children and adults about the importance of keeping Tennessee beautiful.”
For more information on each individual county’s litter grant award visit the TDOT web site at and click on the appropriate county link for more information or follow the links at the bottom of this release.

TDOT Performing Corridor Feasibility Study Along 160 Miles of I-75

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 | 08:30 am
Study to Assess Deficiencies and Identify Improvements on Important Corridor
NASHVILLE – If you have ideas on how to improve one of Tennessee’s most important transportation corridors, here’s your chance to share your vision.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation is embarking on a corridor feasibility study to identify improvements for the 160 mile Interstate 75 corridor extending from the Georgia State Line to the Kentucky State Line.   The study will include a series of public meetings along the I-75 corridor beginning in December 2008.

TDOT Suspends Highway Construction for Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 24, 2008 | 10:00 am
I-65 Traffic flows under the McEwen Drive Interchange
I-65 Traffic flows under the McEwen Drive Interchange
NASHVILLE -The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all construction work requiring lane closures on Tennessee interstates and state highways beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 26 in anticipation of increased Thanksgiving holiday travel.
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely has informed all of the department’s crews and contractors to stop all road construction work requiring lane closures beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 26 through the early morning hours of Monday, December 1, 2008.  

Governor Bredesen Announces $1.7 Million in Safe Routes to School Funds to Local Communities

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 | 02:09 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that the state of Tennessee will provide $1.7 million in Safe Routes to School funds to ten Tennessee municipalities for projects aimed at increasing walking and biking to school among middle and elementary school children.  A complete list of communities receiving grants can be found at the bottom of this release.  The Safe Routes to School program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

ADVISORY: New Federal Regulations Require Media to Wear Safety Vests on Highways

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 | 03:56 pm
NASHVILLE – Media crews working along the side of the roadway must wear federally approved safety apparel beginning Monday, November 24 according to a new U.S. Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulation. The new federal regulation requires all workers within a federal-aid highway right-of-way to wear high-visibility safety apparel. FHWA has stated that the new regulation does apply to the media. According to FHWA, this regulation seeks to make those working on, or in close proximity to, highway traffic or construction equipment more visible in an effort to reduce injuries or fatalities. 

ADVISORY: Mallory Avenue Interchange Construction Requires Weekend Closures

Friday, November 14, 2008 | 05:59 pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced today that it will be closing the Interstate 55 southbound ramp to Mallory Avenue on Sunday, November 16, 2008 for paving operations. The closure will be in place from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Southbound traffic needing to exit at Mallory Avenue will be detoured to Horn Lake Road (Exit 8) and redirected to use the I-55 northbound exit at Mallory Avenue, which will remain open.

Race to Finish SmartFIX40 Improvements Reaches Half-Way Point

Friday, November 14, 2008 | 01:04 pm
Permeable base asphalt goes down on the SmartFIX40 site
Permeable base asphalt goes down on the SmartFIX40 site
A SmartFIX40 worker installs metal bridge decking on the I-40 Bridge over First Creek
A SmartFIX40 worker installs metal bridge decking on the I-40 Bridge over First Creek
Traffic and Construction Moving Smoothly
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The most ambitious project in the history of the Tennessee Department of Transportation is now half way to completion. TDOT’s SmartFIX40 project in downtown Knoxville reached the half-way point today with work still on schedule to be completed by June 30, 2009. 
“We are very pleased with how well the project has progressed so far,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “Drivers have adjusted well to the detour and traffic has continued to flow smoothly through Knoxville which was a key concern. Now the race is on for the contractor to complete all work by June 30.”
A one-mile segment of I-40, located between James White Parkway (Exit 388) and Hall of Fame Drive (Exit 389) was closed on May 1, 2008 for 14 months while crews worked to totally rebuild the short section of interstate for the final phase of the massive project.  TDOT estimates by closing this section of I-40 for the work, the department will reduce construction time by two to three years. Broken into two separate contracts, SmartFIX40 has a construction price tag of $190 million.