Transportation

TDOT's HELP Program Celebrates Ten Years of Service

Monday, July 06, 2009 | 10:10 am
HELP Operators assist in a variety of ways. In this photo from January 2004, a HELP truck can be seen towing a plane from the interstate after an emergency landing.
HELP Operators assist in a variety of ways. In this photo from January 2004, a HELP truck can be seen towing a plane from the interstate after an emergency landing.
More than One Million Served during First Decade of Service
 
NASHVILLE – From flat tires and empty fuel gauges to major interstate incidents, TDOT’s HELP program is celebrating ten years of service in Tennessee’s urban areas.  HELP trucks began rolling in Nashville and Knoxville in the summer of 1999.  Service began in Memphis and Chattanooga in the summer of 2000.  Since the program launched, TDOT’s HELP drivers have responded to more than a million calls for various types of assistance, including one driver who helped deliver a baby.
 

Bredesen Breaks Ground on Recovery Act Project in Nashville

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 | 02:48 pm
Governor Bredesen joins state and local officials to break ground on Phase II of the Recovery Act funded White Bridge Road/I-40 Interchange Project.
Governor Bredesen joins state and local officials to break ground on Phase II of the Recovery Act funded White Bridge Road/I-40 Interchange Project.

Recovery And Reinvestment Act Funds Phase II of I-40 Interchange

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen joined TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely, Senator Douglas Henry, Representative Gary Odom, Mayor Karl Dean and other state and local officials in Nashville today to break ground on Phase II of the Interstate 40-White Bridge Road interchange improvement project. The project is being totally funded through money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
 

Governor's Highway Safety Office Warns Tennesseans Not to Get "Nailed" by the Cops This Summer

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 | 08:55 am
Governor’s Highway Safety Office Kicks Off 100 Days of Summer Heat Campaign
 
NASHVILLE - The phrase, “I just got nailed by the cops,” is taking on a whole new meaning for Tennesseans. Today, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office joined AAA and the Franklin Police Department to launch “100 Days of Summer Heat” and unveiled a new “Drive Drunk, Get Nailed” message. GHSO has already spread the message to many in Middle Tennessee in a unique and surprising way. Vehicles with 10 foot nails driven through the hoods have appeared in high visibility locations across Middle Tennessee since June 22 in an effort to spread the word.
 

Governor Bredesen Announces TDOT’s New Tennessee Groves Program

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | 02:24 pm
Tennessee Groves Project
Tennessee Groves Project

Program Provides a Way to Memorialize Loved Ones, Commemorate Events and Beautify the State

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen joined TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Susan Whitaker at the Bristol, Tennessee Welcome Center today to launch Tennessee Groves, a program that provides people with a way to memorialize loved ones, commemorate special events and beautify the state. The program is a partnership between TDOT and the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.

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."