Transportation

TDOT Announces Tri-Cities Project Orange Video Contest Winner from Science Hill High School

Monday, March 16, 2009 | 07:49 am
Five Regional Winners Will Go On to Compete for Statewide Prize
 
NASHVILLE – A Tri-Cities teen will compete for the top prize in the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Between the Barrels Project Orange Video Contest.   After tallying the online votes and judges scores, TDOT announced today that Tyler Welch from Johnson City is the Tri-Cities Regional winner of the Project Orange Video Contest.

Governor Bredesen Awards $3.6 Million for Intercity Transit Grants

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 01:21 pm
Intercity Bus Grant to Expand Bus Service to More Tennesseans
 
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today awarded more than $3.6 million in federal intercity transit grant funds to seven Tennessee transit agencies.  The funds will be used to connect more than 40 cities and counties in Tennessee’s rural communities to fixed route public transportation services. 
 
“Public transportation is a vital part of Tennessee’s transportation network,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “It also plays an important role in the state’s economic health by keeping rural Tennesseans mobile and connected to services and urban centers.”
 

Governor’s Highway Safety Office Kicks Off Tennessee Roadway Safety Tour

Monday, March 02, 2009 | 12:57 pm
 Event Reminds Drivers to Stay Alert for Motorcycles
 
NASHVILLE – The Governor’s Highway Safety Office is urging motorists to keep an extra eye open for motorcycles on Tennessee highways. The GHSO joined state and local law enforcement, the Motorcycle Awareness Foundation of Tennessee and the Suzuki Owners Club of North America in Memphis today to kick off the Tennessee Roadway Safety Tour. The tour, which will make 76 stops across the state in the next 76 days, is designed to highlight public awareness by reminding everyone to stay alert for motorcycles sharing the road.
 

TDOT Crews Clear Roadways After Weekend Snowfall

Sunday, March 01, 2009 | 01:49 pm
NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Transportation crews have completed snow and ice removal activities on roadways across Tennessee where as much as 15 inches of snow fell over the weekend. The storm, which affected much of the south and east coast, resulted in major impacts to the Tennessee interstate and state highway system. 

TRAFFIC ALERT: Bridge Repair Project Begins on US-27 (I-124) in Downtown Chattanooga

Thursday, February 26, 2009 | 10:53 am
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is warning drivers to expect delays along heavily traveled US-27 in Hamilton County for the next several weeks as crews begin repairs to 15 bridges located between I-24 and the Olgiati Bridge.
 
Any multi-lane bridges will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for the duration of the project. Meanwhile, repairs to any two-lane bridges will be done at night only, between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., because the bridges will have to be reduced to one lane in each direction.
 

TDOT Reminds Motorists to Watch for Mobile Maintenance Crews

Friday, February 20, 2009 | 03:42 pm
TDOT Maintenance Crews work to patch potholes along busy Interstate 24 in Davidson County
TDOT Maintenance Crews work to patch potholes along busy Interstate 24 in Davidson County
Pothole Patching
Pothole Patching
A TDOT Maintenance worker shovels cold mix to patch a pothole in Nashville
A TDOT Maintenance worker shovels cold mix to patch a pothole in Nashville

Winter Weather Leads to Increased Pothole Patching Work

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Transportation crews are taking advantage of the break from snow and ice removal to patch and repair potholes across the state.  TDOT is reminding motorists to keep an eye out for these mobile maintenance crews.  Winter weather extremes lead to an increase in potholes on state highways and bridges.  Potholes form when moisture seeps into cracks in the pavement, then freezes and thaws causing the cracks to expand.  The constant pounding of traffic loosens the pavement which causes it to crumble creating the pothole.

“Winter and early spring are the time when we see potholes form.  We may have temperatures in the fifties during the day and sub freezing temperatures at night.  This temperature variation causes a lot of expanding and contracting of the asphalt,” said Paul Degges, TDOT Chief Engineer.  “Our maintenance forces are working everyday to repair and patch potholes.”
 
TDOT spends approximately $3 million annually on statewide pothole repair.  March and April are typically the busiest time for pothole repairs in Tennessee.  Maintenance crews fill potholes using either hot asphalt mix or a cold mix asphalt.  During the cold months of the year most asphalt plants close because of temperature restrictions for highway paving.  If hot asphalt is not available, the department must use the less dependable cold asphalt mix to temporarily repair the pothole, which can result in a rougher ride.
 

MEDIA ADVISORY: TDOT to Hold Public Meeting on Bolivar By-Pass and SR18 Projects

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 02:13 pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will conduct a Public Information Meeting on February 17, 2009 in the Gymnasium of Bolivar Elementary School to discuss the proposed changes to the design of the State Route 15 (US 64) Bypass.  TDOT representatives will also provide the public with an update on the SR 18 project from Bolivar to SR 100. The meeting will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
 

TRAFFIC ALERT: I-40 In Fayette County Reduced to One Lane in Each Direction This Weekend

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 02:07 pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Transportation crews will reduce Interstate 40 to one lane in each direction between mile markers 34 and 36 beginning Friday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. until Monday, February 16 at 5:00 a.m. Crews will be working to repair the bridge deck on the State Route 59 overpass. The State Route 59 overpass will be reduced to one lane with a temporary signal at the same time.
 
Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes around this area such as US70 or US64.
 

Murfreesboro Bridge Repair Project Requires Lane Closures on Northwest Broad St.

Monday, February 09, 2009 | 08:00 am

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin repairing two bridges in a highly traveled section of Murfreesboro in the coming days. Both bridges are located on Northwest Broad Street.   One of the bridges is located at the Main Street intersection. The other bridge crosses over Lytle Creek, just north of Main Street. This is an accelerated repair project that is expected to be complete in June 2009.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk This Super Bowl Sunday

Friday, January 30, 2009 | 02:44 pm
Three lucky Titans fans who pledged to be sober drivers for family and friends during the 2008 season were treated to an exclusive tour of LP Field for helping keep Tennessee roadways safe this season
Three lucky Titans fans who pledged to be sober drivers for family and friends during the 2008 season were treated to an exclusive tour of LP Field for helping keep Tennessee roadways safe this season
Law Enforcement Will Work Overtime to Crack Down on Drunk Drivers
 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Tennessee Titans and Tennessee Department of Safety are once again teaming up to remind Tennessee football fans that real Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk this Super Bowl weekend.