Voting Begins Today for Overhead Sign Message Contest

TN.gov Transportation - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:57am

Voters Can Choose From 15 Finalists

NASHVILLE – Voting begins today to choose the winners from TDOT’s first ever Dynamic Message Sign Contest. Over the past two weeks, TDOT has received more than 3,400 entries for possible safety messages for the overhead signs located across Tennessee. The entries were narrowed down to 15 messages that cover safety issues such as distracted driving, seatbelt usage, impaired driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.

Voting is easy! Just visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/dms/default.shtml and check the box next to your favorite message. Voting will continue through Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. The winning messages will be posted online the following week, and will be placed in rotation to run on the overhead Dynamic Message Signs statewide throughout the year.

Some of the entries have been modified slightly to fit guidelines for the signs.

A total of 163 Dynamic Message Signs are located in the state’s four urban areas (Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville), and in some rural areas across the state. The main purpose of the signs is to alert motorists of incidents, lane blockages, hazardous road conditions, or Amber Alerts. In 2012, TDOT became the first DOT in the nation to display roadway fatality numbers on the overhead signs. In addition to the fatality statistics, safety messages are displayed during off-peak travel times.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Accepting Applications for Spring Citizens' Trooper Academy

TN.gov Safety - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 10:18am

NASHVILLE--- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is now accepting applications for the 2015 Citizens’ Trooper Academy in the spring. Classes will be held in both Nashville and Knoxville during the spring sessions.

The Nashville session is scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 10, while the Knoxville class will start on Thursday, March 12. Both sessions will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time weekly.  

The academy, which consists of approximately 30 hours of training, is designed to develop a better understanding and awareness of the Tennessee Highway Patrol as well as its parent agency, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, in the community through a hands-on approach. Topics covered include investigations, special operations, homeland security and many other areas of the patrol.

Participants must be at least 21 years old, available to attend weekly three-hour sessions with no more than one absence, sign required waivers and agreements, and have no criminal history.

Applications are available on the departmental website at www.tn.gov/safety or you may request an application by emailing email.safety@tn.gov. Please be sure to indicate on your application whether you wish to attend the Nashville or Knoxville sessions.

Deadline for registration is February 11, 2015.  Applications must be returned by that date for processing.

For more information, call Sergeant Stan Hollandsworth at 615-251-6321 or Shannon Hall at 615-251-5170.

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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East Tennessee Construction Report for January 22-28, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:51pm

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129 / SR 115 between W. Broadway Avenue and US 321: Motorists should be alert for road construction on Mall Road near Foothills Mall in Maryville.  Motorists should be alert for a lane closure on the southbound side of US 129 to be in place until work is complete.  A temporary lane closure is possible daily between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the northbound direction.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, use caution and expect potential delays in this area.

BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 33 between Williams Mill Road and Martin Mill Pike: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary daytime lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through this intersection improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

CARTER COUNTY, SR 362 Gap Creek Road between SR 361 and SR 67: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrow lanes, temporary traffic diversions and possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE/JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 25E/SR 32 Bridge over the French Broad River:  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this bridge construction project near the Cocke and Jefferson County line. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE/JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 411/SR 35 at US 25W:  Motorists should be alert for a new traffic patterns and lane shifts through this project.  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this construction project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE COUNTY, SR 32 Bridge over Cosby Creek at Log Mile 9.8: Motorists should be alert for construction activities and use caution in this area.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 93 at Log Mile 2.15 near Old Wilson Hill Road: Beginning Monday, January 26, 2015, SR 93 will be closed to thru traffic and detoured as crews begin this drainage structure replacement project.  SR 93 thru traffic will be detoured utilizing SR 34 and SR 351 around this closure.  This will be an extended closure until the replacement is completed at this location.  Motorist should be alert for changed conditions, follow signed detours and use extreme caution in this area.

HAMBLEN COUNTY, US 25E/SR 32 over US 11E/SR 34 and Norfolk Southern Railroad: Beginning Tuesday, January 27, 2015, US 25E/SR 32 will be reduced to one lane in both directions across the bridge over US 11E/SR 34 as crews begin Phase 1 bridge repairs.  These closures will remain in place until repairs are completed.  Motorists should expect potential delays associated with these lane closures.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 160 at Merchants Greene: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts near this intersection as crews perform work through this bridge construction project.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

HANCOCK COUNTY, SR 70/SR 33 Interchange: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures at various times during daylight hours through this bridge construction project.  Motorists should be alert for reduced speeds and use extreme caution in this area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 East and West Bridge over the French Broad River near Mile Marker 425: I-40 East and West across the bridge over Douglas Lake near Mile Marker 425 is reduced to one lane in each direction as crews continue this bridge rehabilitation project.  Motorists should be alert for lane shifts and narrowed lanes in this area.  Traffic loads in excess of 12 feet in width will be prohibited and must follow a detour route.  The wide load detour will be US 25/SR 9 between Exits 424 and 432. Motorists should expect potential delays in this area during peak travel times.  Local traffic should consider using US 25/SR 9 as an alternate route during peak travel periods.  I-81 and I-26 may be used as an alternate route for I-40 “thru traffic” to by-pass this project during peak travel periods. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/I40fbr/default.htm

JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 25W Bridge over the French Broad River and SR 113 Ramps at I-40: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures with flag personnel directing traffic at various times through this area as crews receive materials associated with the adjacent I-40 bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for equipment present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West near Campbell Station Road (Exit 373): Motorists should be alert for traffic shifts and closed shoulders through this project. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic, expect delays and use extreme caution approaching this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-640 East near Broadway (Exit 6): Beginning Sunday, January 26, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures in this area between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail installation.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 (Oak Ridge Hwy. /Western Ave.) between Schaad Road and Copper Kettle Road: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures at various times throughout this widening project.  Motorists traveling in this area should be alert for workers and equipment present and be alert for changing traffic conditions, detours, traffic shifts and use caution through this area. Matlock Road at Ball Camp Pike and East Ball Camp Pike between McKamey Road and Dewine Road is closed to thru traffic for construction.  Sullivan Road at SR 62 is closed to thru traffic for construction.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and follow signed detour routes. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/SR62/updates.shtml

KNOX COUNTY, SR 33 Maynardville Highway between Temple Acres Drive and the Union County Line:  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use caution in this area.  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times as work continues through this widening project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, traffic shifts and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 131 Emory Road between Gill Road and Clinton Highway: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this widening project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 between SR 2 and City Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, workers present, construction equipment and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/sr73/

LOUDON COUNTY, SR 444 at US 321/SR 73: Motorists should be alert for a possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform construction activities near this location.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 347 and 340: Through Friday, January 30, 2015, motorists should be alert for temporary daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for roadside maintenance activities.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

SEVIER COUNTY, I-40 East and West near Mile Marker 407: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorist should be alert for lane shifts and changed conditions in this area. Motorists should expect potential delays, use extreme caution and be alert for possible slowed traffic approaching this area. 

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 over I-40 at Exit 407: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures on SR 66 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews continue work in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. For project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/I40exit407/

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville SR 139 (Douglas Dam Rd.) and SR 338 W (Boyd’s Creek Hwy):  Motorists should be alert for short duration traffic stops in both directions which may occur daily Monday through Friday through this project for utility crossings. Motorists should expect potential delays traveling through this area.  For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/

SULLIVAN COUNTY, US 11E/SR 34 at US 19E/SR 37: A temporary detour of SR 37/US19E is in place at the intersection of SR 34/US 11E. Traffic signals have been installed and are operational at the intersection of SR34/37 and SR37/44. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and follow signed detours. Beginning Monday, January 26, 2015, Whitehead Road will be closed to thru traffic at the intersection with US 11E and detoured for approximately 4 weeks. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through this bridge construction and intersection reconstruction project.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 34 between SR 44 and Bristol City Limits: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures and lane shifts through this project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 126 between Jared Drive and Lincoln Street: Motorists should be alert lane closures through this project as crews install storm drainage structures in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

UNICOI COUNTY, SR 107 at Main Street:  Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures, use extreme caution and be alert for construction personnel and equipment entering and exiting this construction project.

UNICOI COUNTY, US 19W (State Route 36) Bridge over Watts Branch near Log Mile 4: US 19W (State Route 36) in Unicoi County is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal as crews perform bridge repairs over Watts Branch near Log Mile 4. The roadway is reduced to a single lane with nine (9) foot maximum width across the bridge during repairs.  Motorists with loads exceeding this width should seek alternate routes.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area. This project is estimated to be completed on or before April 30, 2015.

UNION COUNTY, Existing SR 33 Bridge over Clinch River (Norris Lake) Weight Restrictions: The existing State Route 33 Bridge over Norris Lake is posted with weight limit restrictions and is being strictly enforced.  Weight restrictions are: 5 axle vehicles are 35 tons; 3 or 4 axle vehicle is 22 tons; 2 axle vehicles are 20 tons.  VEHICLES WEIGHING IN EXCESS OF THE RESTRICTED WEIGHTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CROSS THE BRIDGE AND MUST FOLLOW A DETOUR ROUTE. Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures with flaggers directing traffic at various times and use extreme caution approaching the bridge.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project:  On Saturday, January 24, 2015 beginning at 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure on I-26 East as crews perform construction activities through this project. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project.  Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project.  These closures should not last more than a few minutes.  Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove.  Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels.  Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road.  Orchard Avenue is closed.  Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road.  Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 34 between Moccasin Trail and Stockyard Road: On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 through Tuesday, February 3, 2015, motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as crews place barrier rails through this project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

For information on statewide interstate construction motorists can access the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay website at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/tdotsmartway/

TDOT is now on Twitter.  For up to the minute traffic information in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/knoxville511. For statewide travel information follow www.twitter.com/TN511

TDOT now has SmartWay App for iPhone and Android . The app allows users to receive customized traffic information, including alerts and favorite camera views.

Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure January 22-28, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:17am

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, Installation of Overhead Sign on I-65 South at Fern Street

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 9AM-3PM, There will be a left shoulder closure on I-65 southbound just past the Fern Street overpass to drill for overhead sign.

 

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, Pedestrian Crosswalk Bridge Repair over I-40 near 2nd Avenue

  • Friday January 23, 9PM through Monday January 26, 5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 in both directions, between MM 210 and MM 211, for work on the pedestrian bridge.  Two lanes will remain open westbound and one lane will remain open eastbound. The entrance ramp to I-40 from 2nd Avenue will be closed. Detour signs will be in place.

 

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

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 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.

 

DAVIDSON AND SUMNER COUNTIES, Nashville Smartway ITS Expansion Project

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 9PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 eastbound at MM 203 (near Briley Pkwy, White Bridge Road exit) to install a CCTV lowering device and camera.
  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-40 eastbound at MM 203 (near Briley Pkwy, White Bridge Road exit) to install a CCTV lowering device and camera.

 

DAVIDSON AND RUTHERFORD COUNTIES, Removal & Replacement of HOV Signing & Thermoplastic Markings on Various Interstates

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on all I-24 on-ramps from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy).
  • Saturday January 31, 7AM-5PM, There will be a shoulder closure on all I-24 on-ramps from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy).

 

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

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Grading, Drainage and Paving on US 41A (SR 112) from McAdoo Creek Road to East of SR 76

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on US 41A near Sango Road for conduit installation.

 

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

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

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

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 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 January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 1PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions, between MM 61 and MM 63, for blasting.

 

WILSON COUNTY, Widening of I-40 from East of SR 109 to East of SR 840

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 9AM-4PM, There will be alternating shoulder closures on I-40 in both directions in order to execute soil borings in the median between the two lanes of traffic.

 

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

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 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 January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 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

 

  • Thursday January 22, 8PM-12AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 southbound, between MM 69.3 and MM 69.7, and on Exit 69 (Moores Lane) in Williamson County for attenuator work and drain cleaning along the wall, between the ramp and main line. Three lanes will remain open on I-65 and one lane will remain open on the exit ramp.

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

  • Thursday January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 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 January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 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 January 22 through Wednesday January 28, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.

 

Wilson County

  • Wednesday January 21 through Friday January 23, 9AM-3PM, The will be a lane closure on I-40 in both directions, from the Davidson County line to MM 235 (SR 840 exit) for barrier wall cleaning.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Thursday January 29, 7PM to 6AM, There will be alternating lane closures across SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) at Cobblestone Creek Drive in order for Walland Services to open-cut approximately 21’ for an 8” water main.
  • 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.
  • Monday January 26 through Friday February 6, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closure on US 431 (SR 106/Hillsboro Pike) from Burton Hill Blvd to Stanford Drive in order for NES to do maintenance work oiling, operating switches, and replacing parts.

 

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.

 

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. 

For travel information, check out the new TDOT SmartWay web application at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. The system provides up-to-the-minute, customized traffic information through access to TDOT SmartWay cameras and streaming video, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction-related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes. The SmartWay web application is free and can be saved to iPhone and Android devices.

You can also access travel information through TN511. Simply call 5‑1‑1 from any landline or cellular phone or receive traffic alerts through multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

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 destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel. ###

 

For More Information:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

(615) 350-4302

Traffic Shift Planned for Lebanon Town Square

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:00pm

Square Temporarily Closed to Traffic

LEBANON, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will shift traffic at the intersection of US 231 (Cumberland Street) and US 70 (Main Street), known as the Lebanon Town Square, in Wilson County this weekend. In preparation of the shift and ongoing construction, the square will be temporarily closed.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, January 17, 5:30 p.m., square parking will be blocked off to prepare for milling.
  • Sunday, January 18, 6:30 a.m., square will be closed to all traffic for milling operations.
  • Monday, January 19, 6:00 a.m., square will reopen with new traffic pattern.

 

As seen in the attached rendering, the new traffic pattern will provide a lane of travel in the center of the square. Parking on the outer square, near the business fronts, will be accessible with specific entrance and exit points.

The new traffic pattern and parking adjustments are a significant change to the current configuration, but the changes are part of the final design. Signage, pavement markings and construction barrels will be used to provide direction through the work zone. Law enforcement will also be utilized. Motorists are urged to use caution, reduce speeds, and be alert to the changing traffic patterns.

The work is part of a larger project to change the Lebanon Town Square to a traditional roundabout. The $1 million project is expected to be completed in June 2015.

 

For travel information, check out the new TDOT SmartWay web application at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. The system provides up-to-the-minute, customized traffic information on interstates and state routes in an easy-to-use format for your desktop or mobile device.

You can also access travel information through TN511. Simply call 5-1-1 from any landline or cellular phone, or receive traffic alerts through multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511.

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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Temporary Closures Planned for I-40/I-240 Interchange Project

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:40am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will have temporary closures on sections of the interstate system throughout the next month as crews continue to work on the new east and westbound flyovers. This work is part of the I-40/I-240 interchange improvement project. The closures are necessary as crews will be installing 20 additional beams on the new I-40 westbound flyover, in addition to restriping sections of I-240 southbound.

Saturday, January 17 at 6:30 a.m. through Sunday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m.

There will be CLOSURES at the following locations:

  • The left lane of I-240 East (northbound) at the I-40/I-240 interchange
  • Exit 12B on I-240 East (northbound)

Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18 from 6:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.

Two lanes will be closed intermittently across I-240 West (southbound) to allow crews to restripe pavement markings.

  • I-240 West (southbound) just south of the I-40/I-240 interchange extending to Walnut Grove (Exit 13),

Exit 13 will remain open

The work is weather dependent.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent this work from occurring as scheduled, it will be rescheduled.

Traffic will be encouraged to use SR 385 as an alternate route. Detour maps and information will be provided on the project web site. http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/i40-240memphis/

For travel and TDOT construction information, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at https://smartway.tn.gov/traffic.  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information.  Smartphone users can download TDOT’s new SmartWay web application at www.TNsmartWay.com/Traffic to access TDOT’s live streaming SmartWay cameras, dynamic message signs, incidents, construction, and road conditions on interstates and state routes.  Drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly.  Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle.  TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for your destination.

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East Tennessee Construction Report for January 15-21, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:31pm

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129 / SR 115 between W. Broadway Avenue and US 321: Motorists should be alert for road construction on Mall Road near Foothills Mall in Maryville.  Motorists should be alert for a lane closure on the southbound side of US 129 to be in place until work is complete.  A temporary lane closure is possible daily between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the northbound direction.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, use caution and expect potential delays in this area.

BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 33 between Williams Mill Road and Martin Mill Pike: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary daytime lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through this intersection improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North and South between Mile Markers 134 and 141: On Friday, January 16, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform survey work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

CARTER COUNTY, SR 362 Gap Creek Road between SR 361 and SR 67: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrow lanes, temporary traffic diversions and possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 447 and 449: Through Friday, January 16, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform roadwork in this area. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

COCKE/JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 25E/SR 32 Bridge over the French Broad River:  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this bridge construction project near the Cocke and Jefferson County line. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE/JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 411/SR 35 at US 25W:  Motorists should be alert for a new traffic patterns and lane shifts through this project.  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this construction project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE COUNTY, SR 32 Bridge over Cosby Creek at Log Mile 9.8: Motorists should be alert for construction activities and use caution in this area.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 93 at Log Mile 2.15 near Old Wilson Hill Road: Beginning Monday, January 26, 2015, SR 93 will be closed to thru traffic and detoured as crews begin this drainage structure replacement project.  SR 93 thru traffic will be detoured utilizing SR 34 and SR 351 around this closure.  This will be an extended closure until the replacement is completed at this location.  Motorist should be alert for changed conditions, follow signed detours and use extreme caution in this area.

HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 160 at Merchants Greene: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts near this intersection as crews perform work through this bridge construction project.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

HANCOCK COUNTY, SR 70/SR 33 Interchange: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures at various times during daylight hours through this bridge construction project.  Motorists should be alert for reduced speeds and use extreme caution in this area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 East and West Bridge over the French Broad River near Mile Marker 425: I-40 East and West across the bridge over Douglas Lake near Mile Marker 425 is reduced to one lane in each direction as crews continue this bridge rehabilitation project.  Motorists should be alert for lane shifts and narrowed lanes in this area.  Traffic loads in excess of 12 feet in width will be prohibited and must follow a detour route.  The wide load detour will be US 25/SR 9 between Exits 424 and 432. Motorists should expect potential delays in this area during peak travel times.  Local traffic should consider using US 25/SR 9 as an alternate route during peak travel periods.  I-81 and I-26 may be used as an alternate route for I-40 “thru traffic” to by-pass this project during peak travel periods. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/I40fbr/default.htm

JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 25W Bridge over the French Broad River and SR 113 Ramps at I-40: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures with flag personnel directing traffic at various times through this area as crews receive materials associated with the adjacent I-40 bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for equipment present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West near Campbell Station Road (Exit 373): Motorists should be alert for traffic shifts and closed shoulders through this project. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic, expect delays and use extreme caution approaching this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East near Mile Marker 371: On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform roadway work in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West near Mile Marker 395: On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, motorists should be alert for a brief rolling roadblock to occur between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. through this area as crews perform maintenance checks on overhead I.T.S. devices.  Motorists should be alert for sudden stops, slow moving traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-75 North near Mile Marker 109: On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, motorists should be alert for a brief rolling roadblock to occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and Noon through this area as crews perform maintenance checks on overhead I.T.S. devices.  Motorists should be alert for sudden stops, slow moving traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-140 East near Mile Marker 2: On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, motorists should be alert for a brief rolling roadblock to occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and Noon through this area as crews perform maintenance checks on overhead I.T.S. devices.  Motorists should be alert for sudden stops, slow moving traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 (Oak Ridge Hwy. /Western Ave.) between Schaad Road and Copper Kettle Road: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures at various times throughout this widening project.  Motorists traveling in this area should be alert for workers and equipment present and be alert for changing traffic conditions, detours, traffic shifts and use caution through this area. Matlock Road at Ball Camp Pike and East Ball Camp Pike between McKamey Road and Dewine Road is closed to thru traffic for construction.  Sullivan Road at SR 62 is closed to thru traffic for construction.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and follow signed detour routes. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/SR62/updates.shtml

KNOX COUNTY, SR 33 Maynardville Highway between Temple Acres Drive and the Union County Line:  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use caution in this area.  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times as work continues through this widening project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, traffic shifts and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 131 Emory Road between Gill Road and Clinton Highway: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this widening project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 9 Clinton Highway near Beaver Creek Road: On Saturday, January 17, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours as crews perform resurfacing operations.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 115 Alcoa Highway between Kingston Pike and Cherokee Trail: On Saturday, January 17, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures and brief traffic stoppages between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. as utility crews perform overhead work through this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 362 and 364: On Friday, January 16, 2015, motorists should be alert for a possible temporary lane closure between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. as crews install I.T.S. devices at this location.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 between SR 2 and City Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, workers present, construction equipment and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/sr73/

LOUDON COUNTY, SR 444 at US 321/SR 73: On Monday, January 12, 2015 through Friday, January 16, 2015, motorists should be alert for a possible temporary lane closure between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform construction activities near this location.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 347 and 340: On Tuesday, January 20, 2015 through Friday, January 30, 2015, motorists should be alert for temporary daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for roadside maintenance activities.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

SEVIER COUNTY, I-40 East and West near Mile Marker 407: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorist should be alert for lane shifts and changed conditions in this area. Motorists should expect potential delays, use extreme caution and be alert for possible slowed traffic approaching this area. 

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 over I-40 at Exit 407: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures on SR 66 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews continue work in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. For project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/I40exit407/

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville SR 139 (Douglas Dam Rd.) and SR 338 W (Boyd’s Creek Hwy):  Motorists should be alert for short duration traffic stops in both directions which may occur daily Monday through Friday through this project for utility crossings. Motorists should expect potential delays traveling through this area.  For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/

SULLIVAN COUNTY, US 11E/SR 34 at US 19E/SR 37: A temporary detour of SR 37/US19E is in place at the intersection of SR 34/US 11E. Traffic signals have been installed and are operational at the intersection of SR34/37 and SR37/44. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and follow signed detours. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through this bridge construction and intersection reconstruction project.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 34 between SR 44 and Bristol City Limits: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures and lane shifts through this project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 126 between Jared Drive and Lincoln Street: Motorists should be alert lane closures through this project as crews install storm drainage structures in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

UNICOI COUNTY, SR 107 at Main Street:  Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures, use extreme caution and be alert for construction personnel and equipment entering and exiting this construction project.

UNICOI COUNTY, US 19W (State Route 36) Bridge over Watts Branch near Log Mile 4: US 19W (State Route 36) in Unicoi County is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal as crews perform bridge repairs over Watts Branch near Log Mile 4. The roadway is reduced to a single lane with nine (9) foot maximum width across the bridge during repairs.  Motorists with loads exceeding this width should seek alternate routes.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area. This project is estimated to be completed on or before April 30, 2015.

UNION COUNTY, Existing SR 33 Bridge over Clinch River (Norris Lake) Weight Restrictions: The existing State Route 33 Bridge over Norris Lake is posted with weight limit restrictions and is being strictly enforced.  Weight restrictions are: 5 axle vehicles are 35 tons; 3 or 4 axle vehicle is 22 tons; 2 axle vehicles are 20 tons.  VEHICLES WEIGHING IN EXCESS OF THE RESTRICTED WEIGHTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CROSS THE BRIDGE AND MUST FOLLOW A DETOUR ROUTE. Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures with flaggers directing traffic at various times and use extreme caution approaching the bridge.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project:  On Saturday, January 24, 2015 beginning at 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure on I-26 East as crews perform construction activities through this project. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project.  Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project.  These closures should not last more than a few minutes.  Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove.  Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels.  Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road.  Orchard Avenue is closed.  Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road.  Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

For information on statewide interstate construction motorists can access the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay website at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/tdotsmartway/

TDOT is now on Twitter.  For up to the minute traffic information in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/knoxville511. For statewide travel information follow www.twitter.com/TN511

TDOT now has SmartWay App for iPhone and Android . The app allows users to receive customized traffic information, including alerts and favorite camera views.

Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure January 15-21, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 3:26pm

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, Installation of Overhead Sign on I-65 South at Fern Avenue

  • Monday January 19, 9PM-5AM, There will be a right lane closure on I-65 southbound just past the Fern Avenue overpass to pour concrete for new sign.

 

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

  • Sunday January 18, 8AM-2PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions, from MM 87 to MM90, in order to repair potholes.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing of I-65 from CSX Railroad to US 31W

  • Friday January 16, Saturday January 17, and Monday January 19, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane shifts on the I-65 on- and off-ramps, in both directions, at Exit 96 (Rivergate Parkway), Exit 97 (Long Hollow Pike), and Exit 98 (Millersville) so that ramp repair may be done.

 

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, Pedestrian Crosswalk Bridge Repair over I-40 near 2nd Avenue

  • Saturday January 17, 6PM through Monday January 19, 5AM, There will be lane closures on I-40 in both directions, between MM 210 and MM 211, for work on the pedestrian bridge.  Two lanes will remain open westbound. One lane will remain open eastbound. The entrance ramp from 2nd Avenue will be closed.  Detour signs will be in place.

 

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

  • Thursday January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 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.

 

DAVIDSON AND RUTHERFORD COUNTIES, Removal & Replacement of HOV Signing & Thermoplastic Markings on Various Interstates

  • Thursday January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on all I-24 on-ramps from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy).
  • Saturday January 17, 7AM-5PM, There will be a shoulder closure on all I-24 on-ramps from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy).

 

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

  • Thursday January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 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 January 17, 7AM-11AM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-24 westbound from exit 11 to exit 8 in order to move a crane in place.  Troopers will be utilized.

 

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

  • Thursday January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

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

  • Thursday January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 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 January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 1PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions, between MM 61 and MM 63, for blasting.

 

WILSON COUNTY, Widening of I-40 from East of SR 109 to East of SR 840

  • Thursday January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 9AM-4PM, There will be alternating shoulder closures on I-40 in both directions in order to execute soil borings in the median between the two lanes of traffic.

 

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

  • Thursday January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 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 January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 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 Bridge Repair

Davidson County

  • Wednesday January 14, 8PM-4AM, There will be right lane closures on I-65 southbound at MM 81 (Wedgewood Ave) for bridge repair.  One lane will remain open.
  • Thursday January 15, 8PM-4AM, There will be a left lane closure on I-65 southbound MM 81 (Wedgewood Ave) for bridge repair.  Two lanes will remain open.

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

  • Thursday January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 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 January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 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 January 15 through Wednesday January 21, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.

 

Rutherford County

  • Thursday January 15, 8:30AM-3PM, There will be a right shoulder closure on I-24 westbound at MM 66.2 (near Sam Ridley Pkwy) for excavation of soil due to a diesel fuel spill.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Thursday January 29, 7PM to 6AM, There will be alternating lane closures across SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) at Cobblestone Creek Drive in order for Walland Services to open-cut approximately 21’ for an 8” water main.
  • From now through Thursday January 29, 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.

 

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. 

For travel information, check out the new TDOT SmartWay web application at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. The system provides up-to-the-minute, customized traffic information through access to TDOT SmartWay cameras and streaming video, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction-related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes. The SmartWay web application is free and can be saved to iPhone and Android devices.

You can also access travel information through TN511. Simply call 5‑1‑1 from any landline or cellular phone or receive traffic alerts through multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

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 destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel. ###

 

For More Information:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 454-8042

New 2015 State Maps Now Available

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:21am

NASHVILLE – The official 2015 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available for travelers. This year’s map contains new information to assist motorists, and features a special cover to commemorate the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s centennial.  The 2015 map contains historical photographs that look back at the development of Tennessee’s highway system over the last 100 years. It also highlights State Route 1, the first cross-state highway built by the state of Tennessee.

Other new additions to this year’s map include the new Welcome Center on Interstate 26 in Sullivan County and Rocky Top in Anderson County, which was formerly known as Lake City. The map also indicates the widening of several state highways, such as SR 99 in Lewis County, SR 30 in McMinn County, and a new Exit 1 on SR 22 in Obion County. 

The 2015 state map can also be downloaded from the TDOT web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/maps.htm.

Pre-printed maps may be ordered from TDOT online at www.tn.gov/tdot/MapOrder/maporder.htm or by mailing a request to: 

Tennessee Department of Transportation

505 Deaderick Street

James K. Polk Building, Suite 900

Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1402

 

Individuals may request up to five free maps. Organizations and schools may order up to one hundred maps for their use. 

The Official 2015 Tennessee Transportation Map is a joint effort between TDOT and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

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Olgiati Bridge over Tennessee River in Chattanooga to Undergo Survey This Sunday, January 11, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 9:12am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation survey crews will conduct an in depth survey of the Olgiati Bridge on U.S. 27 over the Tennessee River in Chattanooga on Sunday, January 11, 2015 beginning at 6:00 a.m. EST and ending by 6:00 p.m. EST.  During the survey, the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction. 

Additionally, the 4th Street entrance ramp to U.S. 27 North will be closed to traffic as the survey is performed.  A detour will be posted. 

The crews will be gathering detailed information about the bridge in anticipation of a future widening project.  TDOT Operations personnel will assist with traffic control.

This work is weather dependent.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances delay the survey, it will be rescheduled to take place at a later date.  Drivers wishing to avoid the area during this work are advised to use the Market Street Bridge or the Veterans Bridge as alternate routes. 

For travel information, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.SmartWay.tn.gov/traffic or call the 5 1 1 motorist information line.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511 or any of TDOT’s other Twitter pages.  Smartphone users can download TDOT’s new SmartWay web application at www.TNsmartWay.com/Traffic to access TDOT’s live streaming SmartWay cameras, dynamic message signs, incidents, construction, and road conditions on interstates and state routes.

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 destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

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For more information contact:
Jennifer A. Flynn
TDOT Region Two Community Relations Officer
Jennifer.Flynn@tn.gov
Office 423-510-1164

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol Urges Citizens to Prepare for Weather-Related Problems on Roadways

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 3:40pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is urging citizens to prepare for weather-related problems on the roads across the state this winter. Motorists are encouraged to dial *THP (*847) from a mobile phone for state trooper assistance in case of a roadside emergency.   

“We want to make sure all Tennesseans are prepared in case they become stranded on the roads this winter. State troopers are standing by to assist motorists in the event of a roadside emergency during these extreme cold temperatures,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. 

Citizens who dial *THP (*847) from their cell phones will be connected to the nearest THP Communications Center. The next available state trooper will be dispatched to the area to assist. 

Motorists should also prepare their vehicles in case of an emergency on Tennessee roadways. Emergency supplies in vehicles should include, but are not limited to, blankets, water, a windshield scraper, a flash light with fresh batteries, jumper cables and a first aid kit. Additionally, motorists should ensure the vehicle has plenty of fuel and that tires are properly inflated.  

During ice or snow in Tennessee, if you must travel, please use extreme caution and take the roadways that have been treated with salt or brine. 

Most importantly, motorists should always buckle up and make sure all passengers are properly restrained in the vehicle at all times, especially during inclement weather.

Visit the following link for road safety tips from the state’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security: http://www.tn.gov/safety/10things2know.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.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Releases New Year's Eve Holiday & No Refusal Results

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 3:37pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 68 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving and investigated zero fatal crashes in the eight counties selected for a “No Refusal” enforcement campaign during the New Year’s Eve holiday period. The holiday period began at midnight on December 31, 2014 and concluded at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015.  

Under the “No Refusal” law, law enforcement officials may seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. This law was strictly enforced in Roane, McMinn, Rutherford, Shelby, Washington, Cumberland, Maury, and Hardin counties. The goal is to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.

Six suspects refused to take breathalyzer tests and warrants were obtained for a blood sample under the “No Refusal” law. State troopers also issued 306 seat belt citations in the “No Refusal” counties.

“Our state troopers investigated zero fatal crashes in the eight No Refusal counties,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. “We believe this particular enforcement makes an impact and saves lives, and we hope to produce those same results in 2015.”   

During the 102-hour New Year’s Eve holiday period, eight people were killed in traffic crashes in Tennessee. That’s down from 16 vehicular fatalities during the 2013 New Year’s Eve period. Two of the eight traffic fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes, while three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. 

The results for the eight-county “No Refusal” enforcement effort are listed below.  A statistical report from the New Year’s Eve holiday period also accompanies this release.

Roane County

DUI arrests:                                            3

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

McMinn County

DUI arrests:                                            3

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

Rutherford County

DUI Arrests:                                            11                                            

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

Shelby County

DUI Arrests:                                            11                                            

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      2

Washington County

DUI Arrests:                                            11                                            

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

Cumberland County

DUI Arrests:                                            10                                            

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      0

Maury County

DUI Arrests:                                            14                                            

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      2

Hardin County

DUI Arrests:                                            5                                              

Refusal to take BAC test/

Search warrants obtained for blood samples:      2

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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East Tennessee Construction Report for January 8-14, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 2:54pm


BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129 / SR 115 between W. Broadway Avenue and US 321: Motorists should be alert for road construction on Mall Road near Foothills Mall in Maryville.  Motorists should be alert for a lane closure on the southbound side of US 129 to be in place until work is complete.  A temporary lane closure is possible daily between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the northbound direction.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, use caution and expect potential delays in this area.

BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 33 between Williams Mill Road and Martin Mill Pike: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary daytime lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through this intersection improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 South between Mile Markers 138 and 139: On Sunday, January 11, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

CARTER COUNTY, SR 362 Gap Creek Road between SR 361 and SR 67: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrow lanes, temporary traffic diversions and possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 447 and 449: On Monday, January 12, 2015 through Friday, January 16, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform roadwork in this area. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

COCKE/JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 25E/SR 32 Bridge over the French Broad River:  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this bridge construction project near the Cocke and Jefferson County line. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE/JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 411/SR 35 at US 25W:  Motorists should be alert for a new traffic patterns and lane shifts through this project.  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this construction project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE COUNTY, SR 32 Bridge over Cosby Creek at Log Mile 9.8: Motorists should be alert for construction activities and use caution in this area.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 93 at Log Mile 2.15 near Old Wilson Hill Road: Beginning Monday, January 12, 2015, SR 93 will be closed to thru traffic and detoured as crews begin this drainage structure replacement project.  SR 93 thru traffic will be detoured utilizing SR 34 and SR 351 around this closure.  This will be an extended closure until the replacement is completed at this location.  Motorist should be alert for changed conditions, follow signed detours and use extreme caution in this area.

HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 160 at Merchants Greene: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts near this intersection as crews perform work through this bridge construction project.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

HANCOCK COUNTY, SR 70/SR 33 Interchange: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures at various times during daylight hours through this bridge construction project.  Motorists should be alert for reduced speeds and use extreme caution in this area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 East and West Bridge over the French Broad River near Mile Marker 425: I-40 East and West across the bridge over Douglas Lake near Mile Marker 425 is reduced to one lane in each direction as crews continue this bridge rehabilitation project.  Motorists should be alert for lane shifts and narrowed lanes in this area.  Traffic loads in excess of 12 feet in width will be prohibited and must follow a detour route.  The wide load detour will be US 25/SR 9 between Exits 424 and 432. Motorists should expect potential delays in this area during peak travel times.  Local traffic should consider using US 25/SR 9 as an alternate route during peak travel periods.  I-81 and I-26 may be used as an alternate route for I-40 “thru traffic” to by-pass this project during peak travel periods. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/I40fbr/default.htm

JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 25W Bridge over the French Broad River and SR 113 Ramps at I-40: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures with flag personnel directing traffic at various times through this area as crews receive materials associated with the adjacent I-40 bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for equipment present and use extreme caution in this area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-81 North between Mile Markers 0 and 1: On Sunday, January 11, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West near Campbell Station Road (Exit 373): Motorists should be alert for traffic shifts and closed shoulders through this project. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic, expect delays and use extreme caution approaching this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West near Mile Marker 387.5: On Monday, January 12, 2015 and Tuesday, January 13, 2015, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform median wall repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 (Oak Ridge Hwy. /Western Ave.) between Schaad Road and Copper Kettle Road: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures at various times throughout this widening project.  Motorists traveling in this area should be alert for workers and equipment present and be alert for changing traffic conditions, detours, traffic shifts and use caution through this area. Matlock Road at Ball Camp Pike and East Ball Camp Pike between McKamey Road and Dewine Road is closed to thru traffic for construction.  Sullivan Road at SR 62 is closed to thru traffic for construction.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and follow signed detour routes. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/SR62/updates.shtml

KNOX COUNTY, SR 33 Maynardville Highway between Temple Acres Drive and the Union County Line:  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use caution in this area.  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times as work continues through this widening project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, traffic shifts and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 131 Emory Road between Gill Road and Clinton Highway: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this widening project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 362 and 364: On Monday, January 12, 2015 and Tuesday, January 13, 2015, motorists should be alert for a possible temporary lane closure between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. as crews install I.T.S. devices at this location.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 between SR 2 and City Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, workers present, construction equipment and use extreme caution through this area. For project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/sr73/

LOUDON COUNTY, SR 444 at US 321/SR 73: On Monday, January 12, 2015 through Friday, January 16, 2015, motorists should be alert for a possible temporary lane closure between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform construction activities near this location.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

SEVIER COUNTY, I-40 East and West near Mile Marker 407: Beginning Monday, January 12, 2015, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorist should be alert for lane shifts and changed conditions in this area. Motorists should expect potential delays, use extreme caution and be alert for possible slowed traffic approaching this area. 

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 over I-40 at Exit 407: On Sunday, January 11, 2015, motorists should be alert for a temporary lane closure on SR 66 southbound between Bass Pro Drive and W. Dumplin Valley Road beginning at 12 noon as crews perform pavement marking work. Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures on SR 66 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews continue work in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. For project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/I40exit407/

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville SR 139 (Douglas Dam Rd.) and SR 338 W (Boyd’s Creek Hwy):  Motorists should be alert for short duration traffic stops in both directions which may occur daily Monday through Friday through this project for utility crossings. Motorists should expect potential delays traveling through this area.  For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/

SULLIVAN/WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 6 and 13: On Sunday, January 11, 2015, motorists should be alert for a series of brief rolling roadblocks on I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 6 and 13 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. as utilities crews perform overhead line crossings near Mile Marker 9.  Motorists should be alert for sudden stops, slowed traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.  Motorists should expect delays in this area.

SULLIVAN/WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-81 North and South between Mile Markers 54 and 59: On Sunday, January 11, 2015, motorists should be alert for a series of brief rolling roadblocks on I-81 North and South between Mile Markers 54 and 59 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. as utilities crews perform overhead line crossings in this area. Motorists should be alert for sudden stops, slowed traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.  Motorists should expect delays in this area.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, US 11E/SR 34 at US 19E/SR 37: A temporary detour of SR 37/US19E is in place at the intersection of SR 34/US 11E. Traffic signals have been installed and are operational at the intersection of SR34/37 and SR37/44. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and follow signed detours. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through this bridge construction and intersection reconstruction project.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 34 between SR 44 and Bristol City Limits: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures and lane shifts through this project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 126 between Jared Drive and Lincoln Street: Motorists should be alert lane closures through this project as crews install storm drainage structures in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

UNICOI COUNTY, SR 107 at Main Street:  Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures, use extreme caution and be alert for construction personnel and equipment entering and exiting this construction project.

UNICOI COUNTY, US 19W (State Route 36) Bridge over Watts Branch near Log Mile 4: US 19W (State Route 36) in Unicoi County is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal as crews perform bridge repairs over Watts Branch near Log Mile 4. The roadway is reduced to a single lane with nine (9) foot maximum width across the bridge during repairs.  Motorists with loads exceeding this width should seek alternate routes.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area. This project is estimated to be completed on or before April 30, 2015.

UNION COUNTY, Existing SR 33 Bridge over Clinch River (Norris Lake) Weight Restrictions: The existing State Route 33 Bridge over Norris Lake is posted with weight limit restrictions and is being strictly enforced.  Weight restrictions are: 5 axle vehicles are 35 tons; 3 or 4 axle vehicle is 22 tons; 2 axle vehicles are 20 tons.  VEHICLES WEIGHING IN EXCESS OF THE RESTRICTED WEIGHTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CROSS THE BRIDGE AND MUST FOLLOW A DETOUR ROUTE. Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures with flaggers directing traffic at various times and use extreme caution approaching the bridge.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 6 and 13: On Sunday, January 11, 2015, motorists should be alert for a series of brief rolling roadblocks on I-26 East and West between Mile Markers 6 and 13 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. as utilities crews perform overhead line crossings near Mile Marker 9.  Motorists should be alert for sudden stops, slowed traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.  Motorists should expect delays in this area.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-81 North and South between Mile Markers 54 and 59: On Sunday, January 11, 2015, motorists should be alert for a series of brief rolling roadblocks on I-81 North and South between Mile Markers 54 and 59 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. as utilities crews perform overhead line crossings in this area. Motorists should be alert for sudden stops, slowed traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.  Motorists should expect delays in this area.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project:  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, lane shifts, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail and reduced speed limits through this interchange modification project.  Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures throughout the project.  These closures should not last more than a few minutes.  Traffic has been shifted on SR36 to the inside lanes from Boone Avenue up to Oak Grove.  Transitions for these lane shifts are designated by pavement markings and construction barrels.  Browns Road is closed but can be accessed via Boones Creek Road.  Orchard Avenue is closed.  Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road.  Motorists are asked to use caution in this area.

For information on statewide interstate construction motorists can access the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay website at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/tdotsmartway/

TDOT is now on Twitter.  For up to the minute traffic information in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/knoxville511. For statewide travel information follow www.twitter.com/TN511

TDOT now has SmartWay App for iPhone and Android . The app allows users to receive customized traffic information, including alerts and favorite camera views.
 

Temporary Closures Planned for I-40/I-240 Interchange Project

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 12:42pm

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will have temporary closures on sections of the interstate system this weekend as crews continue to work on the new east and westbound flyover ramps. This work is part of the I-40/I-240 interchange improvement project. The closures are necessary as crews begin to work on the new deck and continue installing beams over existing roadways.

Saturday, January 10 at 6:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.
There will be intermittent CLOSURES at the following locations (detours provided):

  • I-240 northbound at the I-40/240 interchange
  • I-240 westbound (flyover) towards Jackson, MS from I-40 westbound
  • Exit Ramps 10B (Sam Cooper Boulevard)
  • Exit 12B (Northbound I-240)

The work is weather dependent.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent this work from occurring as scheduled, it will be rescheduled.

Traffic will be encouraged to use SR 385 as an alternate route. Detour maps and information will be provided on the project web site. http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/i40-240memphis/

For travel and TDOT construction information, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at https://smartway.tn.gov/traffic.  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information.  Smartphone users can download TDOT’s new SmartWay web application at www.TNsmartWay.com/Traffic to access TDOT’s live streaming SmartWay cameras, dynamic message signs, incidents, construction, and road conditions on interstates and state routes.  Drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly.  Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle.  TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for your destination.

 

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Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure January 8-14, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 12:40pm

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, Widening of I-65 from Trinity Lane to Dickerson Road

  • Wednesday January 7, 9PM-12AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 northbound at the I-24 split (MM 88.6) so that a crash attenuator may be repaired.

 

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, Pedestrian Crosswalk Bridge Repair over I-40 near 2nd Avenue

  • Friday January 9, 9PM through Monday January 12, 5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 in both directions, between MM 210 and MM 211, for work on the pedestrian bridge.  Two lanes will remain open westbound. One lane will remain open eastbound.

 

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

  • Thursday January 8 through Wednesday January 14, 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.

 

DAVIDSON AND RUTHERFORD COUNTIES, Removal & Replacement of HOV Signing & Thermoplastic Markings on Various Interstates

  • Wednesday January 7 through Friday January 9, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on all I-24 on-ramps from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Highway).
  • Saturday January 10, 7AM-5PM, There will be a shoulder closure on all I-24 on-ramps from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Highway).
  • Saturday January 10, 7AM-5PM, There will be a left lane closure on I-24 in both directions from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Highway).

 

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

  • Thursday January 8 through Wednesday January 14, 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 January 10, 7AM-12 Noon, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-24 in both directions in order to dump rock for installation of crane pads.  Troopers will be utilized.

 

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

  • Thursday January 8 through Wednesday January 14, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

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

  • Thursday January 8 through Wednesday January 14, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged as needed during construction operations.

 

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 January 8 through Wednesday January 14, 1PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions between MM 61 and MM 63 for blasting.

 

WILSON COUNTY, Widening of I-40 from East of SR 109 to East of SR 840

  • Monday January 12 through Wednesday January 14, 9AM-4PM, There will be alternating shoulder closures on I-40 in both directions in order to execute soil borings in the median between the two lanes of traffic.

 

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

  • Thursday January 8 through Wednesday January 14, 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 January 8 through Wednesday January 14, 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 January 8 through Wednesday January 14, 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 January 8 through Wednesday January 14, 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 January 8 through Wednesday January 14, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Friday January 9, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 in both directions, between I-24 and Rosa L Parks Blvd (Metro Center), over the Cumberland River for bridge inspection. Two lanes will remain open at all times.

 

Wilson County

  • Monday January 12 through Wednesday January 14, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 eastbound, between MM 234 and MM 235 (SR 109 and SR 840), for cleanup of an oil tanker spill. One lane will remain open.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • Thursday January 8 through Thursday January 29, 7PM to 6AM, There will be alternating lane closures across SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) at Cobblestone Creek Drive in order for Walland Services to open-cut for 8” water main.
  • Monday January 12 through Thursday January 29, 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.

 

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. 

For travel information, check out the new TDOT SmartWay web application at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. The system provides up-to-the-minute, customized traffic information through access to TDOT SmartWay cameras and streaming video, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction-related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes. The SmartWay web application is free and can be saved to iPhone and Android devices.

You can also access travel information through TN511. Simply call 5‑1‑1 from any landline or cellular phone or receive traffic alerts through multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

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 destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel. ###

 

For More Information:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 454-8042

TDOT Ready to Tackle Winter Weather

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:51pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow this season. Over the last several weeks, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks for the winter season.

“Tennessee often sees the bulk of its winter weather in January and February,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “Our salt bins are fully stocked and we have more than a thousand employees ready to mobilize in the event of inclement weather.”

Salt is in short supply across the nation after last year’s severe winter. This year, TDOT’s salt shipments are coming from South America. While all of TDOT’s 132 salt bins have been filled to capacity, new orders may take some time to arrive. In anticipation of possible delays in future salt shipments, TDOT personnel will make every effort to conserve salt supplies. TDOT’s fleet of salt and brine trucks have been calibrated to disperse only the correct amount of salt or salt brine, which will prevent unnecessary overuse of these supplies. TDOT can also use chemical additives such as calcium chloride to stretch salt supplies.

TDOT’s statewide 2014/2015 winter weather budget is $19.6 million, and includes salt, salt brine, overtime for employees, and equipment maintenance. The department has a total of three salt vendors to refill salt bins in all 95 Tennessee counties.

TDOT currently has more than 200,000 tons of salt and more than 2 million gallons of salt brine ready for use.  Salt brine is a salt/water mixture used as a pre-treatment for roads prior to a winter storm or to melt snow on roadways when temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark. Salt is applied to roads once snow has started to accumulate.  

When snow hits Tennessee, TDOT ice and snow removal teams focus first on clearing interstates and heavily traveled state routes and will specifically target areas vulnerable to freezing, such as hills, curves, ramps, bridges and interchanges. During prolonged weather events, crews may have to clear roadways repeatedly.

TDOT has a number of tools available to keep motorists informed about travel conditions including the TDOT SmartWay website (www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway) and the 5‑1‑1 motorist information line.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or any of TDOT’s other Twitter pages.  Smartphone users can download TDOT’s new SmartWay web application at www.TNsmartWay.com/Traffic to access TDOT’s live streaming SmartWay cameras, dynamic message signs, incidents, construction, and road conditions on interstates and state routes.

For more information about TDOT winter weather preparations, or for a regional breakdown of TDOT winter weather supplies and equipment, visit the TDOT web site at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/mediaroom/snowbuster.htm.

 

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State Officials Announce 2014 Tennessee Traffic Fatality Figures, Strategic Highway Safety Plan for 2015

TN.gov Safety - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:24pm

NASHVILLE---Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer today announced the preliminary number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee last year and the state’s strategic highway safety plan for 2015. The 2014 traffic fatality numbers include vehicular deaths reported by all Tennessee law enforcement agencies.

Early figures indicate there were 961 vehicular deaths on Tennessee roadways in 2014. That’s the second lowest traffic fatality number since 1963 and the fifth time traffic deaths have dipped below 1,000 since that year.

The 2014 traffic fatality figure also represents a 3.4 percent decrease in the number of traffic-related deaths in Tennessee compared to the 995 traffic fatalities in 2013.

“Commissioner Schroer and I have a shared goal to make an impact on traffic fatalities in our state,” Commissioner Gibbons said. “Tennessee has experienced record low numbers in three of the last four years; and we hope to continue that trend in the future. We’ll continue to deploy our resources to help reduce fatal crashes across the state,” he added.  

Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott credited DUI and seat belt enforcement for the decline in traffic-related deaths. State troopers arrested nearly 2,000 more individuals on suspicion of DUI in 2014, compared to 2013. Subsequently, there was an 18.6 percent drop in alcohol-related traffic fatalities from 2013 to 2014 in Tennessee.

THP personnel also have experienced a 149 percent increase in the number of DUI arrests since 2010.  

“I know that our traffic enforcement efforts are making a difference in Tennessee,” Colonel Trott said. “Those numbers are not by accident; they are by design. We’ve placed a greater emphasis on removing impaired drivers from our roadways in the last few years and the traffic fatality figures are a result of those efforts.” 

Seat belt and child restraint device education and enforcement efforts were also a priority for the THP.  Tennessee state troopers issued 102,758 seat belt citations in 2014, approximately 28,000 more than the 74,277 citations handed out in 2013. That represents a 225 percent increase in seat belt citations since 2010.

“Unrestrained motorists still accounted for 50 percent of vehicle occupants killed in 2014,” Trott said. “Seat belts save lives. We have to change driver behavior in order to make a difference there.”  

Other contributing factors in fatal crashes included speed and distracted driving, with 132 and 41 deaths, respectively.

“We’ve made vast improvements in all areas of traffic safety; however, we have much more to accomplish and hope to see even better results in 2015,” Commissioner Gibbons said.

TDOT Commissioner Schroer presented the department’s plan to improve highway safety in 2015. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Tennessee’s comprehensive transportation safety strategy, was first developed in 2004.  

The latest plan adopts a “Toward Zero Deaths” vision statement, which is a national strategy to improve highway safety. The plan’s primary goal is to reduce the number and rate of fatalities by 10 percent within the next five years.

“Reducing the number of fatalities by 10 percent is a realistic, but challenging goal,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “By designing safer roads, using data driven enforcement and educating drivers, we can make drastic improvements and save hundreds of lives.”

The Strategic Highway Safety Plan addresses emphasis areas utilizing the “Four E’s of Transportation Safety”: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Response.

Strategic Highway Safety Plan emphasis areas include:

·         Data Collection & Analysis

·         Driver Behavior

·         Infrastructure Improvements

·         Vulnerable Road Users

·         Operational Improvements

·         Motor Carrier Safety

Public safety partners involved with the development of this plan include, TDOT, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Rural Planning Organizations, Tennessee Regional Safety Council, Tennessee Transportation Assistance Program and American Automobile Association.

THP Statewide Performance Measures

Performance Measure

2014

2013

All Crashes Investigated by THP

27,032

26,933

Injury Crashes Investigated by THP

8,897

9,187

Alcohol Impaired Crashes (THP Only)

2,067

2,062

DUI Arrests

8,418

6,457

Total Citations

427,846

393,331

Seat Belt/CRD Citations

102,758

74,277

CMV Inspections

72,160

79,846

 

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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State Officials Announce 2014 Tennessee Traffic Fatality Figures, Strategic Highway Safety Plan for 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:24pm

NASHVILLE---Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer today announced the preliminary number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee last year and the state’s strategic highway safety plan for 2015. The 2014 traffic fatality numbers include vehicular deaths reported by all Tennessee law enforcement agencies.

Early figures indicate there were 961 vehicular deaths on Tennessee roadways in 2014. That’s the second lowest traffic fatality number since 1963 and the fifth time traffic deaths have dipped below 1,000 since that year.

The 2014 traffic fatality figure also represents a 3.4 percent decrease in the number of traffic-related deaths in Tennessee compared to the 995 traffic fatalities in 2013.

“Commissioner Schroer and I have a shared goal to make an impact on traffic fatalities in our state,” Commissioner Gibbons said. “Tennessee has experienced record low numbers in three of the last four years; and we hope to continue that trend in the future. We’ll continue to deploy our resources to help reduce fatal crashes across the state,” he added.  

Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott credited DUI and seat belt enforcement for the decline in traffic-related deaths. State troopers arrested nearly 2,000 more individuals on suspicion of DUI in 2014, compared to 2013. Subsequently, there was an 18.6 percent drop in alcohol-related traffic fatalities from 2013 to 2014 in Tennessee.

THP personnel also have experienced a 149 percent increase in the number of DUI arrests since 2010.  

“I know that our traffic enforcement efforts are making a difference in Tennessee,” Colonel Trott said. “Those numbers are not by accident; they are by design. We’ve placed a greater emphasis on removing impaired drivers from our roadways in the last few years and the traffic fatality figures are a result of those efforts.” 

Seat belt and child restraint device education and enforcement efforts were also a priority for the THP.  Tennessee state troopers issued 102,758 seat belt citations in 2014, approximately 28,000 more than the 74,277 citations handed out in 2013. That represents a 225 percent increase in seat belt citations since 2010.

“Unrestrained motorists still accounted for 50 percent of vehicle occupants killed in 2014,” Trott said. “Seat belts save lives. We have to change driver behavior in order to make a difference there.”  

Other contributing factors in fatal crashes included speed and distracted driving, with 132 and 41 deaths, respectively.

“We’ve made vast improvements in all areas of traffic safety; however, we have much more to accomplish and hope to see even better results in 2015,” Commissioner Gibbons said.

TDOT Commissioner Schroer presented the department’s plan to improve highway safety in 2015. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Tennessee’s comprehensive transportation safety strategy, was first developed in 2004.  

The latest plan adopts a “Toward Zero Deaths” vision statement, which is a national strategy to improve highway safety. The plan’s primary goal is to reduce the number and rate of fatalities by 10 percent within the next five years.

“Reducing the number of fatalities by 10 percent is a realistic, but challenging goal,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “By designing safer roads, using data driven enforcement and educating drivers, we can make drastic improvements and save hundreds of lives.”

The Strategic Highway Safety Plan addresses emphasis areas utilizing the “Four E’s of Transportation Safety”: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, and Emergency Response.

Strategic Highway Safety Plan emphasis areas include:

·         Data Collection & Analysis

·         Driver Behavior

·         Infrastructure Improvements

·         Vulnerable Road Users

·         Operational Improvements

·         Motor Carrier Safety

Public safety partners involved with the development of this plan include, TDOT, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Rural Planning Organizations, Tennessee Regional Safety Council, Tennessee Transportation Assistance Program and American Automobile Association.

THP Statewide Performance Measures

Performance Measure

2014

2013

All Crashes Investigated by THP

27,032

26,933

Injury Crashes Investigated by THP

8,897

9,187

Alcohol Impaired Crashes (THP Only)

2,067

2,062

DUI Arrests

8,418

6,457

Total Citations

427,846

393,331

Seat Belt/CRD Citations

102,758

74,277

CMV Inspections

72,160

79,846

 

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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Got Something Clever to Say About Highway Safety?

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:13pm

TDOT Offers Motorists the Chance to Create Messages for Overhead Signs

NASHVILLE – “Eyes on the Road & Head out of Your Apps”, “Buckle Up Y’all, It’s the Law”, and “Ho Ho Hold Your Calls”. Those are just a few of the overhead sign messages that have caught the attention of Tennessee motorists recently. Think you can come up with one better?

For the first time, TDOT will offer drivers the chance to craft their own highway safety messages. Beginning Monday January 5, TDOT will begin taking entries for the Dynamic Message Sign Contest. Entries will be considered for five highway safety categories: seatbelt usage, impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.

“Love them or hate them, the messages we’ve been running have helped us accomplish our goal – to get the attention of drivers,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We don’t want these important safety reminders to be so mundane that people stop noticing. This contest can start important conversations about driving behaviors, and maybe make people think about some of their own driving habits.”

Entering the contest is easy! Just go to TDOT’s website and click on “TDOT Safety Message Contest”. The contest web page will list the categories, and will allow you to type your message and submit your entry. The contest will run from January 5 through January 16. TDOT will then give the public the opportunity to vote on the best messages, also via the TDOT website. The winning messages will then be placed in rotation to run on the overhead Dynamic Message Signs statewide throughout the year.

Keep it clean! Any message containing profanity or lewd comments will be disqualified.

A total of 163 Dynamic Message Signs are located in the state’s four urban areas (Chattanooga, Knoxville Memphis, Nashville), and in some rural areas across the state. The main purpose of the signs is to alert motorists of incidents, lane blockages, hazardous road conditions, or Amber Alerts. In 2012, TDOT became the first DOT in the nation to display roadway fatality numbers on the overhead signs. In addition to the fatality statistics, safety messages are displayed during off-peak travel times.

Contest Web Address:

http://www.tn.gov/tdot/dms/

Soundbites with Commissioner Schroer talking about the contest can be downloaded here:

http://youtu.be/fDlpvEfc53Q

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