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.

TDOT Announces Major Improvements to Hillsboro Road in Nashville

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 | 12:02 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined Nashville Mayor Karl Dean today to announce a major improvement project along Hillsboro Road (US 431/SR 106) in the heart of Green Hills. Beginning next month, TDOT will begin a resurfacing project on Hillsboro Road from Interstate 440 to Harding Place. The project will also include the addition of a center turn lane on Hillsboro Road stretching from Sharondale Drive to Crestmoor Road.

State, Metro Reach Deal to Continue Transit Services for State Employees

Thursday, May 21, 2009 | 02:11 pm
State Expands Program to Include Work Trips on Music City Star
NASHVILLE – State employees who work in the Metro Nashville area will be able to continue riding public transit to and from work at no cost under a new agreement reached between the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Regional Transportation Authority, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Department of General Services. In addition, employees who live east of Nashville will now be able to take the Music City Star to work at no cost beginning July 1, 2009. 

TDOT Suspends Lane Closures & Launches New Motorist Information Tool for Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | 08:34 am
TDOT Now Using Twitter to Provide Information about Delays on Tennessee Roadways
NASHVILLE –Motorists traveling through the volunteer state this Memorial Day holiday will have an open road and a new tool to help avoid traffic tie-ups. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is suspending all lane closure activities on state roads and interstates and is launching TDOT’s first Twitter page to help keep motorists up to date about problems on volunteer state roadways. 
“In addition to suspending all lane closure activity this Memorial Day we will be launching our latest informational tool for motorists,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “Twitter is one more way TDOT can help travelers stay informed about road conditions in the volunteer state.”

Governor Bredesen Announces Grants to Seven Tennessee Airports

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 | 08:46 am

Grants Awarded through TDOT's Aeronautics Division

NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that $263,220 in Aeronautics Grants have 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. I'm pleased to support their continued improvement."

TDOT Announces I-40 will Re-open June 12, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009 | 11:03 am

Interstate to Re-open to Traffic 18 Days Ahead of Schedule

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— One of the most anticipated dates in recent Knoxville history is now official; I-40 in Downtown Knoxville will re-open to traffic on June 12, 2009. Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely credited a “great team working on a model project,” at a press conference today announcing the I-40 re-opening date for the SmartFIX40 project.

“Given the magnitude of this project, its completion is a major milestone for TDOT, the city of Knoxville and the thousands of individuals involved who have made SmartFIX40 one of the most successful projects in history,” said Nicely.