Governor Bredesen Announces EPA Recovery Act Grant Award to Tennessee

Monday, June 29, 2009 | 12:34 pm
Grant Will Fund Efforts to “Electrify” Truck Stops Across Tennessee
NASHVILLE – Governor Bredesen announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency has selected the Tennessee Department of Transportation to receive a $2 million American Reinvestment and Recovery Act discretionary grant to begin equipping truck stops across the state with truck stop electrification (TSE) technology. Truck stop electrification systems provide heating and cooling for sleeper cab compartments and power to run electrical appliances, such as computers and microwaves. TSE systems also allow trucks outfitted with on-board equipment to "plug in" to operate necessary systems without idling the engine.  

Construction Won’t Slow July 4th Travelers in Tennessee

Monday, June 29, 2009 | 10:31 am
Commissioner Halts Lane Closures Surrounding Holiday Period
NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow travelers through Tennessee this July 4th holiday weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction that requires lane closures beginning at midnight on Thursday, July 2.

TDOT Invites Public to Hear Details of Hillsboro Road Improvement Project

Friday, June 26, 2009 | 09:02 am

NASHVILLE – TDOT will hold a Construction Kick-off Meeting next week to provide the public with details of the upcoming Hillsboro Road Improvement Project. The project, which will begin in the coming days, will add a center turn lane to a section of Hillsboro Road between Sharondale Drive and Crestmoor Road. Hillsboro Road will also be resurfaced from Interstate 440 to Harding Place.

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.”