Mack Hatcher Parkway Public Meeting Rescheduled

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:20am

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) public meeting regarding the western extension of State Route 397 (Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway), from US 31 (SR 6, Columbia Pike) south of Franklin to US 431 (SR 106, Hillsboro Road) north of Franklin in Williamson County, has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Pearre Creek Elementary School. The meeting will be held in the school’s gymnasium at 1811 Townsend Boulevard in Franklin. This meeting was rescheduled due to inclement weather on the initial date of March 5, 2015.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces New Knoxville District Captain

TN.gov Safety - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:22pm

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the appointment of Jessie W. Brooks to Captain of the agency’s Knoxville District. Brooks had served as the Captain in the THP’s Chattanooga District since 2013. This new assignment is effective March 30.

This appointment is prompted by the retirement of Captain David McGill, who began his career with the agency in 1986. He oversaw the Knoxville District since 2013, and prior to that, served as captain of the 12-county Chattanooga District for just over two years.  

“We appreciate David’s contribution to the THP in both the Knoxville and Chattanooga Districts. He has been a tireless worker and a dedicated employee who will be missed,” Colonel Trott said. 

Captain Brooks is a 32-year veteran of the THP. Prior to leading the Chattanooga District, he served as Administrative Lieutenant in the Knoxville District for four years. In that role, he oversaw the operations of the office and staff. Brooks also held positions as Safety Education Lieutenant, Troop Sergeant, and Litter Sergeant in Knoxville. He also has extensive experience in dignitary protection. 

“Jessie has served the state well in Chattanooga and deserves the right to return to his home district of Knoxville. With his leadership, the Knoxville District will continue to be in good hands,” Trott said. 

Brooks started his career with the THP as Road Trooper in 1981, assigned to Roane and later Knox Counties. He served as a Deputy in the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department from 1975 to 1981.  Brooks is also a veteran of the United States Navy Reserve.  

Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bethel University and is working towards a master’s degree. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command School. 

The new Chattanooga District Captain will be announced in the coming weeks. 

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

TDOT Reminds Motorists: In Work Zones - Expect the Unexpected

TN.gov Transportation - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 10:11am

National Work Zone Awareness Week March 23-27

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is joining states across the nation to remind motorists to expect the unexpected in highway work zones. TDOT will spread that message statewide during National Work Zone Awareness Week (March 23-27) in an effort to improve safety in Tennessee’s interstate and highway construction and maintenance work zones.

“Work zones include everything from your major interstate widening projects to pothole patching and mowing, and conditions in those areas can change quickly,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “That’s why it’s so important for drivers to pay attention to signs, reduce their speeds, and move over when possible.”

The spring and summer months provide perfect weather for highway work, and motorists will encounter work zones across Tennessee in downtowns, along interstates and in rural areas. Last year in Tennessee, 17 people died in work zone crashes, with 14 of those being drivers or vehicle passengers.      

Work zone safety messages will be displayed on TDOT’s overhead Dynamic Message Signs on interstates in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. There will also be special displays across the state to honor the 109 TDOT workers lost in the line of duty since 1948. The locations are as follows:

  • I-640 near mile marker 8, Knoxville
  • I-24/I-75 split, Chattanooga
  • I-40/I-65 split, Nashville
  • 300 Benchmark Place, Jackson (TDOT Regional Office)

TDOT Commissioner John Schroer also shares an important message about work zone safety; the video can be seen here on TDOT’s YouTube page: https://youtu.be/kliamdnQxRU

TDOT is also sharing the story of Timothy Chunn, a 17 year veteran of the department. On August 28th, 2014, he was mowing on the side of US 231 in Fayetteville, TN when a one ton truck slammed into his tractor. The impact ripped his seat off and sent him down a ten-foot embankment. He had 10 broken ribs, a punctured lung and was out of work for months. According to the incident report from the TN Highway Patrol, the work zone was properly marked with safety lights. The pick-up driver did receive several citations.  

Media are welcome to broadcast video and sound about Chunn’s incident.  Please courtesy TDOT.  https://youtu.be/NnfXmpBy5pI

Information about construction projects is listed on the TDOT SmartWay web application at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destinations.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

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Department of Safety & Homeland Security Identity Crimes Unit Arrest Murfreesboro Woman for Bribery of a Public Servant

TN.gov Safety - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:40pm

NASHVILLE – A Tennessee state trooper assigned to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Identity Crimes Unit today arrested a Murfreesboro woman for attempted bribery of a driver’s license examiner at the Murfreesboro Driver Services Center in Rutherford County.

This is the second arrest in approximately one month of an attempted bribery at a state driver services center. A citizen was taken into custody on February 19 after attempting to bribe a driver’s license examiner at the Summer Avenue Driver Services Center in Shelby County.

Minleshia Shante Martin, 25, of Murfreesboro was charged with bribery of a public servant (class B felony) and booked into the Rutherford County Jail. 

On March 19, a Rutherford County driver license examiner was offered $50.00 by the customer for a driver’s license. Martin had hand-written a note on the back of the servicing ticket, which read “can I pay you $50 for my DL + the ID charge,” and presented it to the examiner.

After noticing the note, the female examiner told the citizen that she would not accept the money and asked if Martin wanted to take the written test for a driver’s license. Martin declined the test, explaining that the questions were “tricky.” The examiner proceeded to issue a new identification card only.

The examiner then immediately notified Trooper Shawn Boyd of the department’s Identity Crimes Unit. He initiated the investigation and located Martin at her residence on Friday, March 20. She gave a full confession and was placed under arrest for bribery of a public servant.

Booking photos may be obtained from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.  

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

Department of Safety & Homeland Security Announces New Driver License System to Improve Efficiency

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 1:35pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced the implementation of a new statewide driver license system that will increase efficiency at state driver services centers. This is the first major upgrade to the state’s driver service system in 30 years.

The new system, referred to as A-List, launched statewide February 17 on time and within budget.

The A-List driver license system has reduced or, in some cases, eliminated paperwork for driver license examiners and has increased automation of what were previously manual processes. Examiners now utilize a single, web-based interactive screen, as opposed to moving between multiple displays in the previous system.

“This new system allows driver license examiners to process transactions more efficiently and effectively and interface with modern technology that did not exist 30 years ago,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “The new features will help us improve service and reduce wait times at driver services centers, which have been top priorities under this administration,” he added.

The A-List driver license system also increases online driver services. In addition to renewing or replacing driver licenses, citizens may now visit www.tn.gov/safety  to:

  • Pay reinstatement fees and obtain reissued driver licenses after reinstatement, if eligible;
  • Schedule road skills tests (while prohibiting duplicate appointments scheduled by the same person, which has increased wait times in the past);
  • Add emergency contact information;
  • Receive electronic communications from the department via text messages or e-mail; and
  • Start the driver license application online before visiting a driver services center (for citizens who have relocated to Tennessee).

Additionally, the A-List system is more secure and reduces the potential for customer and employee fraud. For example, A-List determines the types of licenses or classifications for which a customer qualifies and will only allow those types of transactions.  It also prevents duplicate social security numbers from being entered into the system.

“Our driver license examiners have provided positive feedback on use of the new system. We believe it will vastly improve our processes at the driver services centers and help us provide better customer service,” Assistant Commissioner Lori Bullard said.  Bullard oversees the department’s Driver Services Division.

The department offers various options for citizens to renew or replace driver licenses. In addition to online services available at www.tn.gov/safety, Tennessee residents can renew or replace licenses by mail, at one of the many driver license self-service kiosks across the state, or at a one of the department’s county clerk partners. For information on these options and locations, visit http://tn.gov/safety/dlmain.shtml.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

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Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure March 19-25, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:12pm

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

  • From now through November 2015, Traffic will be reduced from four (4) to two (2) lanes on US 231 (SR 10) in Shelbyville due to utility and grading operations. One lane will remain open in each direction with an added turning lane.

 

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on I-40 over the Harpeth River

  • From now through July 2016, Anderson Road at the I-40 overpass will be closed. Detours are in place.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) over the Cumberland River

  • From now through November 2015, Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on SR 45 in Old Hickory due to bridge repair. One lane will remain open in each direction.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on I-24 (Silliman Evans Bridge) over the Cumberland River

  • Sunday March 22 through Tuesday March 24, 8PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 eastbound at MM 50.0 (Silliman-Evans Bridge) to set barrier rail in order to close the shoulder of the roadway.

 

Look Ahead:

  • Friday March 27, 9PM through Monday March 30, 5AM, There will be two lanes closed on I-24 eastbound at MM 50.0 (Silliman Evans Bridge) for repair work. Two lanes will remain open.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Widening of I-65 from Trinity Lane to Dickerson Pike

  • Sunday March 22, 6AM-5PM, There will be lane closures on I-65 southbound, from south of Dickerson Pike to I-24W exit ramp (Exit 88B) in order to shift traffic onto newly constructed lanes.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Nashville Smartway ITS Expansion Project at Various Locations

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24 westbound at MM 42 (between Old Hickory Blvd and Briley Pkwy) to perform work near the pole foundation.

 

DAVIDSON AND RUTHERFORD COUNTIES, Nashville Smartway ITS I-24 Expansion Project

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating shoulder closures on I-24 (approximately between MM 58 and Elam Road) and SR 840 (approximately between MM 48 and MM 57) for pull box installation and conduit proving/repairs.

 

MACON COUNTY, Reconstruction of SR 10 from south of Goose Creek to SR 52

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

ROBERTSON AND SUMNER COUNTIES, SmartWay ITS I-65 (North of Nashville) Expansion Project

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-65 southbound from MM 109.1 to MM 110.5 and northbound from MM 107.8 to MM 108.2 for trenching and conduit installation.

 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Construction of New Interchange on SR 1 (Broad St) at SR 10/SR 96 (Memorial Blvd/Old Fort Pkwy)

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Removal & Replacement of HOV Signing & Thermoplastic Markings on Various Interstates

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM (excluding Saturday), There will be a shoulder closure on I-24, including on-ramps, from the Davidson County line to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) for HOV sign installation.
  • Saturday March 21, 7AM-5PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24, including on-ramps, from the Davidson County line to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) for HOV sign installation.

 

SUMNER COUNTY, Extension of Concrete Box Bridge on SR 109

  • From now through June 2015, Traffic will be reduced from two (2) lanes to one (1) lane on SR 109 northbound (S Broadway) at Jackson Road in Portland for concrete box bridge work. One lane will remain open. Message boards are in place.

 

SUMNER AND WILSON COUNTIES, On-Call Concrete Pavement Repair at Various Locations

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane shifts on SR 386 and Exit 3 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd Connector/Hendersonville) to replace concrete.
  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane shifts on the I-40 ramps at Exit 239 (US 70/SR 26 – Lebanon/Watertown) to replace concrete. 

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Widening of SR 253 (Concord Rd) from Sunset Road to Nolensville Road

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged during construction operations as needed.

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Widening of I-65 from SR 840 to SR 248, Interchange Modifications and Widening on SR 248 from Lewisburg Pike to west of I-65

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 1 PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions, between MM 61 and MM 63, for blasting.

 

Look Ahead:

  • Saturday March 28 or Sunday March 29, 7AM-5:30PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions, between SR 840 and SR 96, for the removal and replacement of electric lines. There will also be intermittent closures on the southwest interstate on-ramp from SR 248 coinciding with the roadblocks.

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, SmartWay ITS I-65 (South of Nashville) Expansion Project

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on SR 840 from MM 28.7 to MM 31.3 for trenching and conduit installation.

 

Performance Based Maintenance Work on I-24, I-65 and SR 840

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at the following locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to patch potholes on an as-needed basis:
  • SR 840, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson
  • I-24, Rutherford and Bedford
  • I-65, Williamson

 

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 8PM-5AM, There will be possible lane closures at the following locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to repair guardrail on an as-needed basis:
  • SR 840, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson
  • I-24, Rutherford and Bedford
  • I-65, Williamson

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to patch potholes on an as-needed basis:
  • I-24 Cheatham, Davidson, Montgomery and Robertson Counties
  • I-65 Davidson, Robertson, and Williamson Counties
  • I-40 Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, and Humphreys Counties

 

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee for tree trimming and removal on an as-needed basis:
  • I-24 Cheatham, Montgomery and Robertson Counties
  • I-65 Maury and Robertson Counties
  • I-40 Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman and Humphreys Counties

 

Davidson County

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 8PM-5AM There will be mobile operations in various locations for sweeping operations. This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-24 in both directions, between MM 32.0 (Cheatham-Davidson County line) and MM 40.5 (SR 45/ Old Hickory Blvd) for milling and paving. One lane will remain open.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Friday March 20, 7PM to 6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd), from 32nd Street to 26th Street, in the City of Lakewood, in order for SBW Constructors to install new sewer services.

 

TDOT Local Programs

City of Brentwood

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 253 (Concord Road), from east of SR 252 (Wilson Pike) to Arrowhead Drive, in order to narrow the lanes of travel and prepare for construction.

 

Miscellaneous Non-TDOT Projects

HCA

  • From now through Wednesday April 29, 2015, 6AM, 10AM and/or 2PM, The on-ramp to I-40 westbound from Charlotte Avenue (downtown) will be closed for 5-10 minutes for blasting operations in the area. This will occur weekly, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

 

Metro Public Works

  • Thursday March 19 through Wednesday March 25, 9AM-3PM (excluding weekend), There will be intermittent lane closures on SR 11 (Nolensville Road) at Zoo Road for traffic signal installation. One lane in each direction will remain open.
  • Monday March 23 through Wednesday April 1, The northbound lanes of 1st Avenue South (US 70/ SR 24), between Korean Veterans Blvd and Peabody Street, will be closed for repaving and signal work. All northbound traffic will be detoured.

 

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT work zones, regardless of lane closure activity.  Information in this report is provided to the Department of Transportation by the contractors.  Most work is weather dependent and subject to change due to inclement weather. 

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 350-4302

Tennessee Highway Patrol to Increase Visibility During St. Patrick's Day

TN.gov Safety - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:24pm

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott today announced that state troopers will increase visibility and traffic safety enforcement efforts during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The 48-hour traffic safety campaign will begin at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 17 and conclude at midnight, Wednesday, March 18.

“St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally a very festive holiday, and we want to remind motorists that drinking and driving will not be tolerated. State troopers will proactively enforce DUI laws to help prevent fatal crashes and save lives across Tennessee,” Colonel Trott said. “Seat belt safety is also a top priority. We will aggressively seek seat belt violators – another major cause of traffic fatalities – across the state,” he added.

Last year, four people were killed in vehicular crashes during the 48-hour St. Patty’s Day holiday period. One of the traffic fatalities occurred in an alcohol-related crash, while none of the four individuals killed were wearing safety restraints.

The THP arrested 54 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving and issued 416 seat belt citations statewide during last year’s St. Patty’s Day holiday period.

During this St. Patrick’s holiday, state troopers will utilize traffic enforcement tools, such as, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, saturation patrols and bar and tavern checks to maximize public safety on Tennessee roadways.

To date, preliminary statistics indicate that 157 people have died on Tennessee roadways in 2015, compared to 171 traffic fatalities during the same time period in 2014.

THP scheduled enforcements for this St. Patrick’s Day holiday are attached, as well as statistical data for the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day period.

For more information on the consequences of impaired driving in Tennessee, visit http://tn.gov/safety/duioutline.htm.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DRIVING TIPS

·         Plan Ahead. If you plan to drink, arrange a safe way home before the festivities begin.

·         Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.

·         If you’re impaired, call a taxi, use public transportation, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

·         Use the local Sober Ride program.

·         If you see a drunk driver on the road, promptly contact your local law enforcement agency or dial *THP (*847) from a mobile phone.

·         Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you or someone who is about to ride with someone who is impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.

·         And remember, the tragedies and costs of driving drunk are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for drunk driving are significant.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve,

secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure March 12-18, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:00am

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

  • From now through November 2015, Traffic will be reduced from four (4) to two (2) lanes on US 231 (SR 10) in Shelbyville due to utility and grading operations. One lane will remain open in each direction with an added turning lane.

 

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on I-40 over the Harpeth River

  • From now through July 2016, Anderson Road at the I-40 overpass will be closed. Detours are in place.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) over the Cumberland River

  • From now through November 2015, Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on SR 45 in Old Hickory due to bridge repair. One lane will remain open in each direction.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Widening of I-65 from Trinity Lane to Dickerson Pike

  • Saturday March 14, 6PM through Sunday March 15, 10AM, There will be lane closures on I-65 southbound, from south of Dickerson Pike to I-24W exit ramp (Exit 88B) in order to shift traffic onto newly constructed lanes. One lane will remain open.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Nashville Smartway ITS Expansion Project at Various Locations

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24 westbound at MM 42 (between Old Hickory Blvd and Briley Pkwy) to perform work near the pole foundation.

 

DAVIDSON AND RUTHERFORD COUNTIES, Nashville Smartway ITS I-24 Expansion Project

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating shoulder closures on I-24 (approximately between MM 58 and Elam Road) and SR 840 (approximately between MM 48 and MM 57) for pull box installation and conduit proving/repairs.

 

MACON COUNTY, Reconstruction of SR 10 from south of Goose Creek to SR 52

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on SR 237 over I-24 (Exit 8)

  • Saturday March 14, 7AM-12 Noon, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-24 westbound, between MM 11 and MM 8, in order to move equipment and material across the interstate.

 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Construction of New Interchange on SR 1 (Broad St) at SR 10/SR 96 (Memorial Blvd/Old Fort Pkwy)

  • Sunday March 15 through Wednesday March 18, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Removal & Replacement of HOV Signing & Thermoplastic Markings on Various Interstates

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM (excluding Saturday), There will be a shoulder closure on I-24, including on-ramps, from the Davidson County line to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) for HOV sign installation.
  • Saturday March 14, 7AM-5PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24, including on-ramps, from the Davidson County line to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) for HOV sign installation.

 

SUMNER COUNTY, Extension of Concrete Box Bridge on SR 109

  • From now through June 2015, Traffic will be reduced from two (2) lanes to one (1) lane on SR 109 northbound (S Broadway) at Jackson Road in Portland for concrete box bridge work. One lane will remain open. Message boards are in place.

 

SUMNER AND WILSON COUNTIES, On-Call Concrete Pavement Repair at Various Locations

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane shifts on SR 386 and Exit 3 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd Connector/Hendersonville) to replace concrete.
  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane shifts on the I-40 ramps at Exit 239 (US 70/SR 26 – Lebanon/Watertown) to replace concrete. 

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Widening of SR 253 (Concord Rd) from Sunset Road to Nolensville Road

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged during construction operations as needed.

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Widening of I-65 from SR 840 to SR 248, Interchange Modifications and Widening on SR 248 from Lewisburg Pike to west of I-65

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 1 PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions, between MM 61 and MM 63, for blasting.

 

Performance Based Maintenance Work on I-24, I-65 and SR 840

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at the following locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to patch potholes on an as-needed basis:
  • SR 840, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson
  • I-24, Rutherford and Bedford
  • I-65, Williamson

 

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 8PM-5AM, There will be possible lane closures at the following locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to repair guardrail on an as-needed basis:
  • SR 840, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson
  • I-24, Rutherford and Bedford
  • I-65, Williamson

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to patch potholes on an as-needed basis:
  • I-24 Cheatham, Davidson, Montgomery and Robertson Counties
  • I-65 Davidson, Robertson, and Williamson Counties
  • I-40 Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, and Humphreys Counties

 

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee for tree trimming and removal on an as-needed:
  • I-24 Cheatham, Montgomery and Robertson Counties
  • I-65 Maury and Robertson Counties
  • I-40 Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman and Humphreys Counties

 

Davidson County

  • Thursday March 12 through Wednesday March 18, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations. This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Monday March 16 through Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-40 in both directions, between MM 196 (US-70S/ SR 1) and MM 205 (51st Avenue/ 46th Ave) for milling and paving.  One lane will remain open.
  • Monday March 16 through Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-24 in both directions, between MM 32 (Cheatham-Davidson County line) and MM 40.5 (SR 45/ Old Hickory Blvd) for milling and paving.  One lane will remain open.

 

Montgomery County

  • Monday March 16 and Tuesday March 17, 8AM-4PM, There will be one lane closed on SR 12 (Riverside Drive) in both directions at the railroad bridge in order to take down work platforms attached to the bridge.

 

TDOT Region 3 Bridge Inspection

Rutherford County

  • Tuesday March 17 and Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 266 West (Jefferson Pike) at MM 6.31 for bridge inspection. Flaggers will be utilized.

 

TDOT Region 3 Survey

Wilson County

  • Wednesday March 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be shoulder closures on I-40 in both directions, at the bridge over Barton’s Creek, between SR 840 and South Hartmann Lane, for survey work. All lanes of traffic will remain open.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Friday March 20, 7PM to 6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd), from 32nd Street to 26th Street, in the City of Lakewood, in order for SBW Constructors to install new sewer services.
  • Sunday March 15, 6AM-8AM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-40 in both directions at MM 201, near the Davidson Drive overpass, in order for AT&T to remove wire and add fiber optic cable over the interstate.

 

Miscellaneous Non-TDOT Projects

HCA 

  • From now through Wednesday April 29, 2015, 6AM, 10AM and/or 2PM, The on-ramp to I-40 westbound from Charlotte Avenue (downtown) will be closed for 5-10 minutes for blasting operations in the area. This will occur weekly, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

 

Metro Public Works

  • Thursday March 12 through Tuesday March 17, 9AM-3PM, (excluding weekend), There will be intermittent lane closures on SR 11 (Nolensville Road) at Zoo Road for traffic signal installation. One lane in each direction will remain open.

 

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT work zones, regardless of lane closure activity.  Information in this report is provided to the Department of Transportation by the contractors.  Most work is weather dependent and subject to change due to inclement weather. 

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 350-4302

TDOT Launches Plan for Statewide Pothole Repair

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:41am

Repair Locations Will Be Posted Online Daily

NASHVILLE – A series of brutal winter storms followed by heavy rainfall amounts have created an abundance of potholes along Tennessee’s interstates and state highways. With warmer temperatures in the forecast over the coming days, TDOT is launching a massive effort using all available manpower to repair the damaged areas as quickly as possible.

Multiple 5-6 man crews in each of TDOT’s four regions will be patching potholes over the coming days and weeks. Cold mix asphalt is currently being used for repairs. As weather allows, these crews will be making every attempt to use hot mix asphalt which results in a more permanent repair. Full scale paving will be necessary in many locations. Some crews will be assigned to interstates while others will focus on state routes. 

Please note – inclement weather, emergency repairs or incidents may disrupt daily schedules. TDOT does not count potholes, keep a tally of how many potholes have been repaired or the cost of repairs per pothole. These repairs are part of normal highway maintenance operations.

For the next few weeks, daily pothole patching schedules for each region will be posted at www.tdot.state.tn.us/maintenance/potholes.htm.

Motorists should be prepared for short term traffic delays during these repair operations. While every effort will be made to perform repairs during off-peak travel times (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. weekdays), some lane closures may extend into the late afternoon, evening, and weekends. We ask drivers to be patient and to watch out for TDOT crews on interstates and state highways.

Motorists can alert TDOT to potholes via email at TDOT.Comments@tn.gov or by phone at 1-877-SmartWay.

 

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Department of Safety & Homeland Security Announces Extended Saturday Hours for Memphis, Nashville Driver License Reinstatement Centers

TN.gov Safety - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 3:53pm

NASHVILLE--- Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons announced today that the department will open its driver license reinstatement centers in Memphis and Nashville for extended hours of service on Saturdays for the next several weeks.  The two centers are currently experiencing a high volume of customers seeking to reinstate driving privileges.



The Shelby Drive Driver Services and License Reinstatement Center, located at 3200 East Shelby Drive in Memphis, and the Murfreesboro Road Driver License Reinstatement Center, located at 1601 Murfreesboro Road in Nashville, will open for service from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on March 14, 21 and 28, April 11 and 18. (The special Saturday hours will not take place on April 4, which is Easter weekend.) These extra hours of service are for reinstatement services only.


“Driver license reinstatement transactions are more complicated and take longer to process than renewals or initial issuances. We typically see an increase in these transactions this time of year, when citizens use income tax refunds to pay off fines and fees,” Commissioner Gibbons said. “We want to do what we can to help citizens who need this service and make it more convenient for them to get back their driving privileges. We also encourage citizens to visit our website. Many driver services, including paying reinstatement fees and license reissuing after reinstatement can be processed online,” Gibbons added.


To access online driver services, citizens may visit https://dl.safety.tn.gov. Here, citizens may also check to make sure they have the correct documents before visiting reinstatement centers to avoid delays and possible returns for service. 


The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.


 


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TDOT Commissioner Holds Ribbon Cutting for U.S. 27 Reconstruction Project in Chattanooga

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 9:53am

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local officials today to celebrate the official opening of the U.S. 27 reconstruction project in Chattanooga, Tenn.

During the project, a 1.6-mile section of U.S. 27 from the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River to U.S. 127 (Signal Mountain Rd.) was expanded and brought up to current design standards.  U.S. 27 was widened from two lanes to three lanes in each direction with additional acceleration and deceleration lanes added at ramps to improve traffic flow.  The completed project includes 33 new retaining walls - the largest of which is nearly 50 feet tall - and six new bridges.  Drivers will benefit from new high-mast lighting that was installed for better visibility through the busy section, and a new Chattanooga SmartWay ITS System (traffic cameras) was incorporated into the project to assist with monitoring traffic incidents that may occur.

The contractor for the $105.6 million project is Wright Brothers, Inc. of Charleston, Tenn., and construction inspection and engineering services were provided by Volkert and Associates of Chattanooga.  During the course of the project, 34 different subcontractors were used.  When work was at its peak, the average number of workers on the project ranged from nearly 100 workers during the day to between 10 and 20 workers at night.

“We are very pleased to be here today to celebrate the completion of this important project with our state and local partners and the citizens of Chattanooga,” said Commissioner Schroer.  “This project will not only improve traffic flow to and from the downtown Chattanooga and Red Bank areas, it will serve as an entryway into the city and will benefit all motorists and area residents.”

Work began on the project in December 2011, and all lanes of U.S. 27 were opened to traffic on Saturday, February 14, over a week ahead of the project’s scheduled completion date of February 22, 2015.  Although the project is substantially complete, the public will still see construction signs and barrels throughout the project area for a while longer, because there remains some temperature-sensitive work to be done that may require very short lane closures.  Once warmer weather arrives, crews will be installing permanent pavement markings and repaving the local roads within the project area.  However, this work will be performed under traffic, so there will be no more long-term lane closures on the U.S. 27 corridor in the project area.

Senators Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) and Bo Watson (R-Hixson) and Representatives Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga), Patsy Hazlewood (R-Signal Mountain), JoAnne Favors (D-Chattanooga), Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah), and Marc Gravitt (R-East Ridge) represent Hamilton County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

 

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Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure March 5-11, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:56pm

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

  • From now through November 2015, Traffic will be reduced from four (4) to two (2) lanes on US 231 (SR 10) in Shelbyville due to utility and grading operations. One lane will remain open in each direction with an added turning lane.

 

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on I-40 over the Harpeth River

  • From now through July 2016, Anderson Road at the I-40 overpass will be closed. Detours are in place.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) over the Cumberland River

  • From now through November 2015, Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on SR 45 in Old Hickory due to bridge repair. One lane will remain open in each direction.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Nashville Smartway ITS Expansion Project at Various Locations

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24 westbound at MM 42 (between Old Hickory Blvd and Briley Pkwy) to install a pole foundation.

 

DAVIDSON AND RUTHERFORD COUNTIES, Nashville Smartway ITS I-24 Expansion Project

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating shoulder closures on I-24 (approximately between MM 58 and Elam Road) and SR 840 (approximately between MM 48 and MM 57) for pull box installation and conduit proving/repairs.

 

MACON COUNTY, Reconstruction of SR 10 from south of Goose Creek to SR 52

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on SR 237 over I-24 (Exit 8)

  • Saturday March 7, 7AM-12 Noon, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-24 westbound, between MM 11 and MM 8, in order to move equipment and material across the interstate.

 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Construction of New Interchange on SR 1 (Broad St) at SR 10/SR 96 (Memorial Blvd/Old Fort Pkwy)

  • Sunday March 8 through Tuesday March 10, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Removal & Replacement of HOV Signing & Thermoplastic Markings on Various Interstates

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 9AM-3PM (excluding Saturday), There will be a shoulder closure on all I-24 on-ramps from the Davidson County line to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) for HOV sign installation.
  • Saturday March 7, 7AM-5PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24, including on-ramps, from the Davidson County line to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) for HOV sign installation.

 

SUMNER COUNTY, Extension of Concrete Box Bridge on SR 109

  • From now through June 2015, Traffic will be reduced from two (2) lanes to one (1) lane on SR 109 northbound (S Broadway) at Jackson Road in Portland for concrete box bridge work. One lane will remain open. Message boards are in place.

 

SUMNER AND WILSON COUNTIES, On-Call Concrete Pavement Repair at Various Locations

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane shifts on SR 386 and Exit 3 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd Connector/Hendersonville) to replace concrete.
  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane shifts on the I-40 ramps at Exit 239 (US 70/SR 26 – Lebanon/Watertown) to replace concrete. 

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Widening of SR 253 (Concord Rd) from Sunset Road to Nolensville Road

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged during construction operations as needed.

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Widening of I-65 from SR 840 to SR 248, Interchange Modifications and Widening on SR 248 from Lewisburg Pike to west of I-65

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 1PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions between MM 61 and MM 63 for blasting.

 

Performance Based Maintenance Work on I-24, I-65 and SR 840

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at the following locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to patch potholes on an as-needed basis:
  • SR 840, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson
  • I-24, Rutherford and Bedford
  • I-65, Williamson

 

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 8PM-5AM, There will be possible lane closures at the following locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to repair guardrail on an as-needed basis:
  • SR 840, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson
  • I-24, Rutherford and Bedford
  • I-65, Williamson

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to patch potholes on an as-needed basis:
  • I-24 Cheatham, Davidson, Montgomery and Robertson Counties
  • I-65 Davidson, Robertson, and Williamson Counties
  • I-40 Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, and Humphreys Counties

 

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee for tree trimming and removal on an as-needed basis:
  • I-24 Cheatham, Montgomery and Robertson Counties
  • I-65 Maury and Robertson Counties
  • I-40 Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman and Humphreys Counties

 

Davidson County

  • Thursday March 5 through Wednesday March 11, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations. This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.

 

Montgomery County

  • Wednesday March 11 and Thursday March 12, 8AM-4PM, There will be one lane closed in each direction on SR 12 (Riverside Drive) at the railroad bridge in order to take down work platforms attached to the bridge.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Friday March 20, 7PM to 6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd), from 32nd Street to 26th Street, in the City of Lakewood, in order for SBW Constructors to install new sewer services.

 

Miscellaneous Non-TDOT Projects

HCA 

  • From now through Wednesday April 29, 2015, 6AM, 10AM and/or 2PM, The on-ramp to I-40 westbound from Charlotte Avenue (downtown) will be closed for 5-10 minutes for blasting operations in the area. This will occur weekly, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

 

Metro Public Works

  • Thursday March 5 through Tuesday March 17, 9AM-3PM, (excluding weekends), There will be intermittent lane closures on SR 11 (Nolensville Road) at Zoo Road for traffic signal installation. One lane in each direction will remain open.

 

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT work zones, regardless of lane closure activity.  Information in this report is provided to the Department of Transportation by the contractors.  Most work is weather dependent and subject to change due to inclement weather. 

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 350-4302

Tennessee Highway Patrol Seeks Public's Assistance in Wilson County Fatal Hit and Run Investigation

TN.gov Safety - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:12pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is seeking the public’s help in locating a driver involved in a fatal hit and run crash last Friday in Wilson County.

At approximately 8:40 p.m, on February 27, a 2002  Pontiac Firebird was traveling east on Interstate-40 near mile marker 231 when it was struck by another unknown vehicle that fled the scene. The Firebird lost control and went over the side of the roadway.  The driver, Donald Rogers, 46, of Lebanon was killed in the crash.  His wife was a passenger in the vehicle and sustained injuries.

The THP is looking for a possible suspect vehicle along with any information that will assist investigators. Witnesses described the possible suspect vehicle as follows:

  • Newer Model Dodge 1500 Crew Cab Truck;
  • Possibly red in color;
  • Temporary Tag in back window on driver side;
  • Traffic cones in bed of truck;
  • Small construction type light bar on top of truck;
  • Possible damage to passenger side of truck.

Anyone who may have information on this vehicle or the driver is encouraged to contact CID Sgt. Terrence Craig Smith at 615-741-2060, extension 1, or by email at Terrence.Craig.Smith@tn.gov.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

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Department of Safety and Homeland Security Issues New Driver License or ID Cards Due to Printing Error

TN.gov Safety - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:00am

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced that it had re-issued new permanent driver licenses or photo ID cards to citizens who recently received a card with incorrect content due to a printing error.

The driver licenses or ID cards were incorrectly issued with the phrase “Not for Federal Identification” to 3,500 Tennesseans. The cards were issued to citizens who applied or renewed their driver license or ID card at state driver services centers on February 17 through February 19.

The department is in the process of sending a new permanent card, without the misprint, to those affected.

Citizens who received the misprinted card will soon receive a letter that explains the misprint and requests the incorrect card to be returned to the department. A self-addressed and stamped envelope will be included with the letter.

“We moved quickly to correct the issue once we were notified of the misprint and regret the inconvenience to those affected by this error,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

Citizens affected should continue to use the interim paper license or photo ID until the new, correct, license or photo ID is received.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

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