Bredesen Breaks Ground on Recovery Act Project in Tipton County

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 | 12:15 pm
Tipton County Groundbreaking
Tipton County Groundbreaking
State Route 14 to be Widened Using 100% Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen joined House Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh, TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely and officials from Tipton County today to break ground on a project to widen State Route 14, also known as the Austin Peay Highway, from north of State Route 206 to just east of State Route 384. The project is being totally funded through money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Interstate 40 Reopens In Knoxville 18 days ahead of schedule

Friday, June 12, 2009 | 12:34 pm
Interstate 40 in Knoxville, TDOT SmartFIx40 opened June 12 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Interstate 40 in Knoxville, TDOT SmartFIx40 opened June 12 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time
All interstate lanes and ramps are now open

Knoxville, Tenn. --- With a push of a button the SmartFIX40 completion countdown clock stopped and I-40 in downtown Knoxville officially reopened to traffic today, 18 days ahead of an already accelerated schedule. Local, state and federal officials, including Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Congressman John Duncan, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale have all referred to the project as an excellent example of team work, dedication and a job well done. At approximately 2:30 p.m. state and local leaders gathered around a large red button and officially reopened the interstate as a procession of Knoxville residents rounded the hill and became the first to drive the new I-40.
"After decades of frustrated attempts to widen I-40 through downtown Knoxville, TDOT and its partners found a solution in 2005 and today completed their mission,” said Bredesen. “SmartFIX40 now serves as a national model for urban interstate reconstruction. This project proved that major interstate construction work can be successfully completed in an urban area with quality workmanship, teamwork, community outreach and excellent communication."

Bredesen Announces $15 Million in Grants to Sixteen Airports & the Civil Air Patrol

Tuesday, June 09, 2009 | 11:03 am

Grants awarded through TDOT’s Aeronautics Division

NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that $15,300,320 in Aeronautics Grants have been approved for 16 Tennessee Airports and the Civil Air Patrol.

“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 their continued improvement.”

TDOT and THP Get Ready for 2009 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Friday, June 05, 2009 | 08:25 am
The Eighth Annual Festival is Expected to Draw over 80,000 to Manchester Area
NASHVILLE – For the eighth year in a row, the city of Manchester is gearing up to receive nearly 80,000 visitors from across the country as music lovers flock to one of the premier summer music festivals, Bonnaroo. The Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are partnering again this year to ensure smooth traffic flow during the event.  The 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicks off Thursday night, June 11, and winds down Sunday night, June 14.  Thursday, June 11, is expected to be the heaviest traffic day.

TDOT Invites Public to Participate in Reopening of I-40 in Knoxville

Wednesday, June 03, 2009 | 09:36 am
Drivers Can Line Up to be Among the First to Drive the New I-40
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is inviting Knoxville citizens to be among the first to drive the new I-40 on June 12. TDOT will hold a “rolling road opening” as part of the grand reopening of I-40 on Friday, June 12 and is inviting the motoring public to join in on the event.
“Knoxville citizens have rerouted their lives for the last fourteen months and deserve much of the credit for the success of the SmartFIX40 project,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “It’s only fitting that they be among the first to travel the new and improved I-40 through downtown Knoxville.”

Governor’s Highway Safety Office Concludes Click It or Ticket Campaign

Friday, May 29, 2009 | 08:03 am
Enforcement Blitz Buckled Down On Those Not Buckled Up — Day and Night
NASHVILLE – Millions of travelers will hit the highways this summer and the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office is reminding everyone to Click It or Ticket. During 2007, 927 passenger vehicle occupants lost their lives on Tennessee roadways and of those, 534 were not wearing seat belts. Today, the GHSO joined representatives from Georgia and Alabama to remind drivers of the dangers of traveling without a safety belt.

TDOT’s New Perry County Employees Head to Work

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | 01:00 pm
46 new Tennessee Department of Transportation employees from Perry County
46 new Tennessee Department of Transportation employees from Perry County
New Hires are on the Job after Two Days of Safety and New Employee Training
NASHVILLE – Forty-six Perry County citizens hit the roads today as new employees of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  On May 15, Governor Phil Bredesen outlined a plan to use federal Recovery Act funds to reduce unemployment in Perry County by up to 40 percent by putting a total of 300 people back to work. These 46 newly-hired TDOT workers are among the first to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Governor’s plan.