Media Advisories

Changes to I-40 Exit 407 Nearly Complete; New Diverging Diamond Interchange in Sevierville to open on June 30

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 09:03 am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Motorists should be aware of changes to the way they get to and from the Smoky Mountains. TDOT will open the new I-40 Exit 407 Diverging Diamond interchange to traffic on the morning of Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Signage will be in place to direct motorists to I-40, State Route 66, and local businesses.

State Route 109 Reduced to One Lane in Wilson County for Resurfacing

Monday, June 15, 2015 | 08:00 am

Series of Lane Closures Expected for Paving Operations

LEBANON, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close one lane of travel on State Route 109 in Wilson County during a series of lane closures for paving operations. The work zone will extend northbound and southbound, from north of U.S. 70 (SR 24/Lebanon Road) to the Cumberland River Bridge. This work will require several scheduled lane closures between now and September 30, 2015. The first series of lane closures are as follows:

  • Tuesday June 16 through Friday June 19, 9AM-3PM
  • Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 5AM-6PM
  • Monday June 22 through Wednesday June 24, 9AM-3PM

TDOT and THP Prepare for 2015 Bonnaroo Festival

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 07:47 am

NASHVILLE – Since 2002, the small Middle Tennessee city of Manchester in Coffee County has hosted one of the most popular live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  Held on a 700‑acre farm, the festival is a four-day, multi-stage event that showcases a diverse assortment of musical styles and performers.  Thousands of people from all over the country make the yearly trip to attend the festival, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days in June.  As in years past, over 80,000 music lovers are expected to attend this year’s festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 11, and winds down Sunday night, June 14.

With 80,000 festivalgoers converging on the festival site, the area in and around Manchester always sees increased traffic throughout the festival.  As Manchester prepares to welcome a multitude of visitors, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic expected in the area.  TDOT and the THP are working closely with the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination. Click here for detour map.

Gov. Haslam & TDOT Commissioner Schroer Announce Multimodal Access Grants

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 | 02:24 pm

Grants to Fund Improvement Projects in 14 Tennessee Communities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of $10.2 million in Multimodal Access Fund Grants to 14 communities across the state. The grants will fund infrastructure projects that support the transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists by addressing gaps along the state highway network.

Road Construction Won’t Delay Memorial Day Travelers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 08:49 am

NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow motorists down as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 22 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.