Transportation

No Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways Labor Day Weekend

Monday, August 31, 2009 | 07:56 am

TDOT Commissioner Announces No Lane Closures during Holiday Travel Period 

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the busy Labor Day holiday travel period.  While AAA reports travel numbers are expected to be lower than last year, nearly a half million Tennesseans are still expected to travel by car this holiday.
 
Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, September 4 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.
 

Tennessee Law Enforcement Agencies Earn Statewide, National Honors

Friday, August 28, 2009 | 02:06 pm
 Awards Recognize 55 Agencies Across State
 
NASHVILLE –The Tennessee Department of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Office today announced the winners of the 5th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge.  The Law Enforcement Challenge is presented to law enforcement agencies across the state by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. It recognizes outstanding performances by law enforcement agencies and officers from across the state.
 

Governor Bredesen Announces $17 Million in Transportation Enhancement Grants

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | 12:03 pm
40 Local Community Projects Awarded Grants to Enhance Transportation Infrastructure
 
NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen and Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today announced $17 million in transportation enhancement grants for projects in 39 Tennessee communities and one statewide grant. The grants will assist local communities with the development of a variety of projects designed to enhance the state’s transportation infrastructure. 
 
“The Enhancement Grant Program provides an opportunity for the state to work with local agencies to fund projects that enrich Tennessee communities in a variety of ways,” said Bredesen. “Many will use these funds to build new sidewalks and bike trails that support healthier lifestyles, while others utilize the program to save historic structures for future generations. All of these are worthwhile projects that truly enhance the quality of life in local communities.”
 

State Expands Employee Swipe and Ride Transit Service to Memphis

Thursday, August 20, 2009 | 11:37 am
TDOT, MATA Reach Deal to Provide Transit Services to State Employees in Memphis Area at No Cost
 
NASHVILLE – State government employees who work in the Memphis area will now be able to ride public transit to and from work at no cost under a new agreement reached between the Memphis Area Transit Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. State employees will be able to start signing up for the program on September 1, 2009.
 

Bredesen Announces Aeronautics Grants for Fifteen Tennessee Airports

Thursday, August 13, 2009 | 01:07 pm
NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $821,290have been approved for 15 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.”
 

TDOT Breaks Ground on Recovery Act Project in Warren County

Monday, August 10, 2009 | 08:43 am
US-70S to Be Widened Using Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds
 
NASHVILLE – Construction is now underway on a project to widen US-70S (SR-1, Nashville Hwy.) in Warren County. The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Tennessee Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Paul Degges joined Congressman Lincoln Davis and state and local officials in Warren County today to break ground on the project which will widen US-70S to four lanes between Spring Valley Road and Centertown.
 

Governor Bredesen Announces $31.5 million in Aeronautics Grants to Tennessee Airports

Thursday, August 06, 2009 | 11:32 am
Grants awarded to seven Tennessee Airports
 
NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $31,572,559have been approved for seven 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.”

511 Receives 2 Millionth Call

Monday, August 03, 2009 | 01:36 pm
Tennesseans and Travelers Turn to 511 Travel Information Line for Up-to-date Roadway Information
 
NASHVILLE – More than two million people have called Tennessee 511 for information since the program launch in August 2006. On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 9:53 p.m. eastern time the 2,000,000th caller dialed 511 for information about Tennessee’s roadways and weather.
 

Portions of Chestnut Street to Close for Bridge Replacement Project

Monday, August 03, 2009 | 07:22 am
Traffic Will Be Detoured Around Work Zone Until New Bridge is Constructed
 

NASHVILLE – Work will begin this week on a $2 million project to replace a bridge on Chestnut Street in Nashville. Contractors will close a portion of Chestnut Street beginning Wednesday, August 5. Traffic will be detoured around the work zone throughout the project. The bridge is located near the Hagan/Chestnut Street intersection and crosses over the CSX Railroad.