Transportation

TDOT’s Gibson Co. Recovery Project Receives National Attention

Thursday, April 30, 2009 | 02:55 pm
Positive Impact to Tennessee Families and Economy Focus of CBS News Report
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s first transportation project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is garnering national attention for boosting the state’s economy and creating hundreds of jobs.
 
The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric featured the $924,000 Gibson County project, which will replace three wooden, structurally deficient bridges built more than 40-years ago. At least 150 workers are involved in the project including Robin Patterson, who told CBS news that being called back to work saved both his home and his marriage.  Patterson had been unemployed since November 2008.

Bredesen Breaks Ground on Recovery Act Project in Carter County

Monday, April 27, 2009 | 12:56 pm
Governor Bredesen joins Carter County Mayor Johnny Holder, Elizabethton Mayor Curt Alexander, long-time resident John Allen and Allen's four great-grandchildren to break ground on the bridge replacement project.
Governor Bredesen joins Carter County Mayor Johnny Holder, Elizabethton Mayor Curt Alexander, long-time resident John Allen and Allen's four great-grandchildren to break ground on the bridge replacement project.

Local Bridge to be Replaced with 100% Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen joined House Speaker Kent Williams, TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Senator Rusty Crowe and officials from Carter County today to break ground on a local bridge replacement project funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The Carter County project will replace a steel truss bridge along Steel Bridge Road at Wilbur Dam Road.
 
"This project is a great representation of how the Recovery Act benefits local economies,” said Bredesen. “This one-lane bridge is in a dangerous curve, is nearly 70 years old and carries close to 100 vehicles a day. By replacing this bridge with 100 percent Recovery Act funds, the county government saves more than $300,000 in matching funds, but more importantly this project will create jobs and provide Carter County residents with a better bridge and a safer roadway.
 

Bredesen Breaks Ground on State’s First Recovery Act Project in Gibson County

Thursday, April 16, 2009 | 01:33 pm
Governor Bredesen Breaks Ground on the First TDOT Recovery Act Project in Gibson County
Governor Bredesen Breaks Ground on the First TDOT Recovery Act Project in Gibson County
Local Bridges Replaced with 100% Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen joined Congressman John Tanner, TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely, State Senator Lowe Finney, State Representative Curtis Halford and officials from Gibson County today to break ground on Tennessee’s first transportation project funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The Gibson County project will replace three aging timber bridges along McMurry Road in Trenton.
 
“The McMurry Road bridges have served the citizens of Gibson County well for more than 37 years, but are clearly in need of replacement,” said Bredesen. “This project will save the county government close to $200,000 in matching funds, will employ more than 150 Tennessee workers and, most importantly, will give the residents of Gibson County peace of mind as they travel this roadway.”
 

Governor Identifies 132 Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region One for Funding

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | 09:22 am
Smoky Mountain motorists travel along State Route 66 in Sevier County.  The roadway is one of 132 projects slated for improvement in TDOT's Region One.
Smoky Mountain motorists travel along State Route 66 in Sevier County. The roadway is one of 132 projects slated for improvement in TDOT's Region One.
Projects to be funded through Recovery Act, Bridge Bonding and Traditional Funds
 
NASHVILLE— Governor Phil Bredesen today released a final list of projects to be funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (Recovery Act), proposed bridge bonds and TDOT’s regular funding mechanisms. The three-tiered program represents more than 450 projects statewide touching every county in Tennessee. Included in the proposal, which has been presented to the Legislature, are 132 highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region One alone. 

Governor Identifies 78 Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region Two for Funding

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | 09:20 am
Projects to be funded through Recovery Act, Bridge Bonding and Traditional Funds
 
NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen today released a final list of projects to be funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (Recovery Act), proposed bridge bonds and TDOT’s regular funding mechanisms. The three-tiered program represents more than 450 projects statewide touching every county in Tennessee. Included in the proposal, which has been presented to the Legislature, are 78 highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region Two alone.
 

Governor Identifies 122 Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region Three for Funding

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | 09:18 am
TDOT joined local & state officials in 2008 to celebrate the early completion of the Shelbyville RR Overpass that will cross over the Shelbyville Bypass once constructed. The Bypass is one of 122 projects in Region 3 selected for funding.
TDOT joined local & state officials in 2008 to celebrate the early completion of the Shelbyville RR Overpass that will cross over the Shelbyville Bypass once constructed. The Bypass is one of 122 projects in Region 3 selected for funding.
Projects to be funded through Recovery Act, Bridge Bonding and Traditional Funds
 
NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen today released a final list of projects to be funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (Recovery Act), proposed bridge bonds and TDOT’s regular funding mechanisms. The three-tiered program represents more than 450 projects statewide touching every county in Tennessee. Included in the proposal, which has been presented to the Legislature, are 122 highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region Three alone.
 

Governor Identifies 128 Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region Four for Funding

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | 09:15 am
Projects to be funded through Recovery Act, Bridge Bonding and Traditional Funds
 
NASHVILLE— Governor Phil Bredesen today released a final list of projects to be funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (Recovery Act), proposed bridge bonds and TDOT’s regular funding mechanisms. The three-tiered program represents more than 450 projects statewide touching every county in Tennessee. Included in the proposal, which has been presented to the Legislature, are 128 highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region 4 alone.

TDOT Halts Interstate Construction for Easter Holiday

Thursday, April 09, 2009 | 10:03 am
Department Urges Safety in Work Zones Despite Suspension of Work
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely informed TDOT crews and contractors to stop all road construction work which requires lane closures beginning on Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.

TDOT Worker Recovering after Work Zone Collision

Wednesday, April 08, 2009 | 03:28 pm
Incident Highlights Importance of Work Zone Safety
 
Jackson, TN – A Tennessee Department of Transportation worker from Shelby County suffered minor injuries after the vehicle he was in was struck from behind on Highway 70 in Arlington Tuesday, April 7. The maintenance worker was traveling behind a piece of mowing equipment at the time of the accident. While the employee was not seriously hurt, the incident serves as an serious reminder about the importance of slowing down and using caution while traveling through work zones.
 
“This accident could have been absolutely tragic, not just for our employee but for the motorist who struck him,” said TDOT Region 4 Director Chuck Rychen. “We need drivers to be responsible when they encounter a work zone so that everyone can go home safely at the end of the day.”
 

Governor Bredesen Declares April 6-10 Work Zone Awareness Week

Monday, April 06, 2009 | 01:54 pm

 

TDOT Reminds Motorists to Stay Safe When Driving in Work Zones
 
Nashville, TN — Governor Phil Bredesen today proclaimed the week of April 6 – 10, 2009 as Work Zone Awareness Week, joining states across the nation to remind motorists to be safe in work zones. TDOT will hold events across the state this week in an effort to improve safety in Tennessee’s interstate and highway construction and maintenance work zones.
 
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will bring hundreds of new transportation projects to counties across the state,” said Governor Bredesen. “This will mean an increase in highway work zones and increased dangers for motorists and for workers. I hope by proclaiming this week Work Zone Awareness Week in Tennessee we can bring greater attention to the importance of work zone safety.”
 
TDOT's Region 4 Office Displays 106 Orange Flags in Honor of TDOT Workers Killed in Work Zone Crashes
TDOT's Region 4 Office Displays 106 Orange Flags in Honor of TDOT Workers Killed in Work Zone Crashes
106 TDOT Workers Stand Behind TDOT Officials to Represent TDOT Workers Killed in Work Zone Crashes During Nashville's Work Zone Awareness Week Event
106 TDOT Workers Stand Behind TDOT Officials to Represent TDOT Workers Killed in Work Zone Crashes During Nashville's Work Zone Awareness Week Event
Seven Hard Hats Sit Atop a Display Showing that Nationally Seven of Every 100 People Killed in Work Zone Crashes Each Year are Workers
Seven Hard Hats Sit Atop a Display Showing that Nationally Seven of Every 100 People Killed in Work Zone Crashes Each Year are Workers