TDOT Halts Highway Construction for Busy Holiday Travel Period

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:59pm

No Lane Closures on Interstates and State Routes from December 23 to January 5

NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. 

No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at noon on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 through 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015.

“With two million drivers expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it’s imperative that we do everything possible to keep traffic moving and minimize congestion,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We also want to keep our roadways safe. Our law enforcement partners will be out in full force, so wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and don’t drive if you’ve been drinking.”

Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended during the holiday period.  Workers may still be on-site in some construction zones.  Drivers should obey all posted speed limits, particularly in construction areas.  Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

AAA predicts holiday travel will increase about 4.8% in Tennessee this year, with two million expected to travel by automobile in the volunteer state between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Across the U.S., 89.5 million people are expected to drive to their holiday destinations. The year-end holiday season should see the highest travel volume since 2001, and Christmas day gas prices should be the lowest since 2008.

Updated travel and construction information can be found on the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or you may call 5‑1‑1.  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.

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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East Tennessee Construction Report for December 19-24, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:23am

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.

CARTER COUNTY, SR 37 at SR 67: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures during daylight hours as crews perform intersection improvements in this area. Motorists should be alert for a new traffic signal and changed conditions in this area.

COCKE COUNTY, I-40 East and West between Mile Markers 444 and 446: On Sunday, December 21, 2014 and Monday, December 22, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform roadwork in this area. Motorists should be alert for workers present 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: SR 32 is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal as crews begin this bridge repair project.  This one lane condition will remain in place around the clock until bridge repairs are completed.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use 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.

HAWKINS COUNTY, SR 346 between Log Miles 2.5 and 6: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this utility project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present 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, 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 for bridge construction, utility and equipment crossings.  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.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 347 and 340: 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: 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 through this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

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 126 between Industry Drive and Lincoln Street: Through Tuesday, December 23, 2014, motorists should be alert for lane closures in this area for utility installations.  There will be possible daily lane closures in the eastbound direction between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.  A lane closure in the westbound direction will remain in effect around the clock through December 23, 2014 .Motorists should expect potential delays and consider alternate routes during peak travel times.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, US11W at various locations in Kingsport: Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as crews perform utility work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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.

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:  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.
 

New TDOT SmartWay Offers Live Streaming Video

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:20am

Updated Web App Offers Desktop and Mobile Users Real-Time Traffic Views & Information

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation today unveiled a new and improved TDOT SmartWay traffic information web application. For the first time, TDOT SmartWay offers both desktop and mobile devices users the option to stream live video from the SmartWay cameras located in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.

“Providing up-to-the-minute traffic information is critical in TDOT’s efforts to manage our transportation system,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “It can help divert traffic away from congested areas, alert drivers to hazardous road conditions, and communicate important information about crashes.”

The new SmartWay web application incorporates incidents, construction, traffic cameras, road conditions, and dynamic message signs. The app is capable of showing a motorist’s location and includes a list of features that sort information based on a specific chosen area. The app is also intuitive to the type of device being used, and will change views for desktop and mobile devices.

The web application is free, and replaces the mobile application in the Apple and Google Play stores. If you previously downloaded the TDOT SmartWay Mobile App, please delete it from your device and begin using the new SmartWay web application. It can be found here: www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic

Users can save the web address to their device’s home screen or create a shortcut using your browser’s bookmarking tools.

TDOT has created a short “how-to” video for the SmartWay web app.

The new SmartWay web app was created by TDOT’s IT Division, which has a long term vision to build upon the SmartWay services available to the public.

TDOT asks motorists to use the TDOT SmartWay web app responsibly. Drivers should “know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for their destinations. Motorists should never text, tweet, or use a mobile device while operating a vehicle.

 

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Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure December 18-January 7, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:17pm

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

  • Friday December 19, 9PM through Monday December 22, 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. Also, the I-40 on-ramp from 2nd Ave will be closed. Detour signs will be in place.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Installation of Interchange Lighting on SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) at the Junction of Conference Drive

  • From now through Monday December 22, 7AM-4PM, There will be shoulder closures on Vietnam Veterans Blvd at Conference Drive for installation of lighting.

 

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

  • Thursday December 18 through Monday December 22, 9AM-3PM, and Tuesday December 23, 9AM-12 Noon, and Monday January 5 through Wednesday January 7, 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 WILSON COUNTIES, Removal & Replacement of HOV Signing & Thermoplastic Markings on Various Interstates

  • Wednesday December 17 through Friday December 19, 8PM-6AM, There will be a left lane closure on I-40 in both directions, from the Mt Juliet interchange (Exit 226, SR 171) to the Donelson Pike interchange (Exit 216, SR 255), for installation of HOV signs.
  • Saturday December 20 and Sunday December 21, 7AM-5PM, There will be a left lane closure on I-40 in both directions, from the Mt Juliet interchange (Exit 226, SR 171) to the Donelson Pike interchange (Exit 216, SR 255), for installation of HOV signs.
  • Monday December 22, 8PM-6AM, There will be a left lane closure on I-40 in both directions, from the Mt Juliet interchange (Exit 226, SR 171) to the Donelson Pike interchange (Exit 216, SR 255), for installation of HOV signs.

 

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

  • Thursday December 18 through Monday December 22, 7AM-5PM, and Tuesday December 23, 7AM-12 Noon, and Monday January 5 through Wednesday January 7, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

MAURY AND WILLIAMSON COUNTIES, Construction of Median Crossovers on I-65

  • Wednesday December 17 through Monday December 22, 9AM-3PM, There will lane closures on I-65 in both directions, at MM 50.9 in Maury County and MM 55.3 in Williamson County, for construction of median crossovers.

 

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

  • Thursday December 18 through Monday December 22, 8PM-6AM, and Monday January 5 through Wednesday January 7, 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 December 18 through Monday December 22, 9AM-3PM, and Tuesday December 23, 9AM-12 Noon, and Monday January 5 through Wednesday January 7, 9AM-3PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on Concord Road at the Mill Creek Bridge in order to set beams.

 

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 December 18 and Friday December 19, 1PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions, between MM 61 and MM 63, for blasting. Weather dependent.

 

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

  • Thursday December 18 through Monday December 22, 9AM-3PM, and Tuesday December 23, 9AM-12 Noon, and Monday January 5 through Wednesday January 7, 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 December 18 through Monday December 22, 8PM-5AM, and Monday January 5 through Wednesday January 7, 9AM-3PM, 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 December 18 through Monday December 22, 9AM-3PM, and Tuesday December 23, 9AM-12 Noon, and Monday January 5 through Wednesday January 7, 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 December 18 through Monday December 22, 9AM-3PM, and Tuesday December 23, 9AM-12 Noon, and Monday January 5 through Wednesday January 7, 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 December 18 through Monday December 22, 8PM-5AM, and Monday January 5 through Wednesday January 7, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.

 

Montgomery County

  • Thursday  December 18 through Monday, December 22, 9AM-3PM, (excluding weekend), There will be alternating lane closures on SR 13 in both directions, from MM 17 to MM 18, for bridge inspection on C.C. McClure Bridge.

 

Rutherford County

  • Monday December 22, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 11 (US 31A, Horton Highway), between SR 269 and Riggs Road, to repair a 30” cross drain. One lane will be open at all times. Flaggers will be utilized.

 

Wilson County

  • Thursday December 18 through Saturday December 20, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-40 eastbound, between MM 234 and MM 235, to excavate contamination of an oil tanker spill.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Williamson County

  • Wednesday December 17 and Thursday December 18, 7PM–6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 6 (Franklin Road) in both directions, approximately 100’ east of Executive Center Drive, in order for Piedmont Gas to install ¾” gas line.

 

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, visit the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5‑1‑1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

TDOT is currently working to improve SmartWay access for Android and iPhone users to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The new system will provide up-to-the-minute, customized traffic information and will enable the user to access TDOT SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  Check back for more information on mobile SmartWay use.

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

East Tennessee Construction Report for December 11-17, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 1:47pm

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129/ SR 115 between Louisville Road and Payne Avenue: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary daytime lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through this area as crews install longitudinal cable barrier in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 162 West near Cusick Road: Motorists should use caution and be alert for possible temporary lane closures and workers present through this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North between Mile Markers 142 and 157: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various locations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform median cable barrier installation.  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.

CARTER COUNTY, SR 37 at SR 67: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures during daylight hours as crews perform intersection improvements in this area. Motorists should be alert for a new traffic signal which is scheduled to be activated on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE COUNTY, I-40 East and West between Mile Markers 444 and 446: On Thursday, December 11, 2014 through Friday, December 18, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform roadwork in this area. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

COCKE/JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 432 and 425: On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, motorists should be alert for a series of brief rolling roadblocks from Mile Markers 432 to 425 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform a traffic shift related to the bridge repairs near Mile Marker 425.  Motorists should be alert for slowed or stopped traffic and use extreme caution approaching 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: SR 32 is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal as crews begin this bridge repair project.  This one lane condition will remain in place around the clock until bridge repairs are completed.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use 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.

HAWKINS COUNTY, SR 346 between Log Miles 2.5 and 6: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this utility project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 East and West Bridge over the French Broad River near Mile Marker 425: Beginning Friday, December 12, 2014, motorists should be alert for a new traffic shift on I-40 East across the bridge as repairs progress into the next scheduled phase. The traffic shift for I-40 West across the bridge is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 2014.  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.  These lane reductions will be in place around the clock for approximately two years.  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, I-40 East between Mile Markers 421 and 425: On Thursday, December 12, 2014, motorists should be alert for a series of brief rolling roadblocks from Mile Markers 421 to 425 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform a traffic shift related to the bridge repairs near Mile Marker 425.  Motorists should be alert for slowed or stopped traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.

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): On Sunday, December 14, 2014 through Thursday, December 18, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews shift traffic lanes through this project. 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): On Thursday, December 11, 2014 through Saturday, December 13, 2014, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work through this I.T.S. project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.


KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East and West between Mile Markers 394 and 395: On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and Wednesday, December 17, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible temporary daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform routine bridge inspections.  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use extreme 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 33 Broadway near I-640: Through Friday, December 12, 2014, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work through this I.T.S. project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present 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 for bridge construction, utility and equipment crossings.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 158 James White Parkway between I-40 and Summit Hill Drive: On Saturday, December 13, 2014 and Sunday, December 14, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible rolling roadblocks during daylight hours as utility crews perform overhead line work.  Motorists should be alert for slowed or stopped conditions and use extreme caution through 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.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 347 and 340: 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: Through Thursday, December 11, 2014 motorists should be alert for temporary nightly lane closures on I-40 East between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews shift traffic in this area. 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 through this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

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, I-81 North between Mile Markers 63 and 64.5: On Friday, December 12, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible 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.

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 126 between Industry Drive and Lincoln Street: Through Tuesday, December 23, 2014, motorists should be alert for lane closures in this area for utility installations.  There will be possible daily lane closures in the eastbound direction between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.  A lane closure in the westbound direction will remain in effect around the clock through December 23, 2014 .Motorists should expect potential delays and consider alternate routes during peak travel times.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, US11W at various locations in Kingsport: Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as crews perform utility work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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.

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:  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 Roan Street between Princetown Road and Broyles Drive: Beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 14, 2014 through 7 a.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014, motorists should be alert for a lane closure on SR 34 northbound as utility crews perform repairs in this area.  This lane closure will remain in place through these posted times.  Motorists should expect potential delays and consider alternate routes.

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 December 11-17, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:42pm

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Installation of Interchange Lighting on SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) at the Junction of Conference Drive

  • From now through Wednesday December 31, 7AM-4PM, There will be shoulder closures on Vietnam Veterans Blvd at Conference Drive for installation of lighting.

 

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

  • Thursday December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 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 WILSON COUNTIES, Removal & Replacement of HOV Signing & Thermoplastic Markings on Various Interstates

  • Thursday December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 9AM-3PM, There will be shoulder closures on all I-24 ramps from Harding Place (Exit 56, SR 255) to Shelbyville Hwy (Exit 81, US 231) for installation of HOV signs.
  • Tuesday December 16 and Wednesday December 17, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 from the Mt Juliet interchange (Exit 226, SR 171) to the Airport entrance (Exit 216) for installation of HOV signs.

 

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

  • Thursday December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

MAURY AND WILLIAMSON COUNTIES, Construction of Median Crossovers on I-65

  • Thursday December 11 and Friday December 12, 7AM-5PM, There will lane closures on I-65 in both directions at MM 50.9 in Maury County and MM 55.3 in Williamson County for construction of median crossovers. Northbound lane closures will not begin until 9AM and southbound lane closures will end by 3PM.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Construction of Two Bridges on SR 237 (Rossview Road) from west of I-24 to east of International Blvd

  • Wednesday December 10, 8PM–5AM, Traffic will be reduced to one lane on I-24 eastbound at Exit 8 (SR 237/Rossview Road) in order to place barrier rail along the shoulder. 

 

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

  • Thursday December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

SMITH COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on US 70N (SR 24/SR 53/Cookeville Hwy) over Caney Fork River

  • From now through Monday December 15, Traffic will be reduced to one lane on US 70N for grading operations. Traffic will be controlled by use of temporary traffic signals in that area.

 

SUMNER AND WILSON COUNTIES, Bridge Construction on SR 109 over the Cumberland River

  • Thursday December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 109 for permanent striping and installation of bridge expansion joints.

 

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

  • Thursday December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged during paving 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 December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 1 PM, (excluding weekends), There will be rolling road blocks on I-65 in both directions, between MM 61 and MM 63, for blasting. Weather dependent.

 

Relensing of Snowplowable Pavement Markers on Various Interstates and State Routes

  • Thursday December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 8PM-6AM, There will be moving lane closures at the following locations in order to relense snowplowable markers.

Davidson County

  • I-24 from MM 32 to 44, 51 to 53, and 56 to 63
  • I-40 from MM 191 to 203 and 209 to 213
  • I-65 from MM 74 to 83 and 89 to 95
  • SR 155 (Briley Parkway) from MM 6 (I-40 Interchange) to MM 27.4 (Robertson Ave)

Robertson County

  • I-24 from MM 17 to 23

Rutherford County

  • I-24 from MM 77 to 82

Williamson County

  • I-65 from MM 65 to 73

Willson County

  • I-40 from MM 222 to 225

 

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

  • Thursday December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 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 December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 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 December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 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 December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 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

 

Cheatham County

  • Thursday December 11, 7PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 eastbound, from MM 187 to MM 189, near the bridge, in order to patch potholes.

Davidson County

  • Thursday December 11 through Wednesday December 17, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.

Robertson County

  • Saturday, December 13, 7AM-4PM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 southbound at MM 105 for interstate paving.

 

TDOT Region 3 Survey

Rutherford County

  • Thursday December 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane and shoulder closures on I-24 westbound, from the SR 96 off-ramp to the SR 96 overpass, in order for crews to survey.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Monday December 15, 9AM-2:30PM, There will be lane closures on SR 1 (Charlotte Pike), from Sawyer Brown Rd to SR 251 (Old Hickory Blvd), in order for NES to replace existing poles & anchors.
  • From now through Wednesday December 17, 9AM–3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd), from Brick Church Pike to Dickerson Pike, in order for NES to rebuild the pole line in a west to east direction.

Williamson County

  • Sunday December 9 through Thursday December 18, 7PM–6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 6 (Franklin Road) in both directions, approximately 100’ east of executive Center Drive, in order for Piedmont Gas to install ¾” gas line.

 

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, visit the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5‑1‑1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

TDOT is currently working to improve SmartWay access for Android and iPhone users to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The new system will provide up-to-the-minute, customized traffic information and will enable the user to access TDOT SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  Check back for more information on mobile SmartWay use.

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

Traffic Shift Planned for Old Hickory Boulevard over Cumberland River

TN.gov Transportation - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:32am

Lanes Reduced from Four to Two

OLD HICKORY, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will shift traffic on State Route 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard) over the Cumberland River in Davidson County for bridge repair. The repair project involves two adjacent truss-style bridges which connect Old Hickory to Madison. Once the shift is in place, traffic will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes until November 2015.

Weather permitting, work is scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, December 8, 8:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m., there will be temporary lane closures to prepare for traffic shift.
  • Tuesday, December 9, 5:00 a.m. through November 2015, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

The long-term lane reductions will allow crews to repair the bridge decks, structural steel, and pavement. Bridge railing will also be replaced, and existing steel will be cleaned and repainted. The $4.9 million repair project is expected to be completed in November 2015.

The bridges were built in 1928 and 1967, and are two of only 50 truss-style bridges still in use in the state.

 

TDOT asks drivers to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state. For more information on TDOT construction project activity, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/.  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area.   

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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Market Street Bridge in Chattanooga to Undergo Quarterly Testing this Sunday, December 7, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:00am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will conduct quarterly testing on the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, December 7, 2014, during which time the bridge will be closed to through traffic.  From 8:00 a.m. EST to no later than 2:00 p.m. EST, the bridge will be closed to traffic as the testing is performed. 

This work is weather dependent.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances delay the inspection, it will be rescheduled to take place at a later date.  Drivers are advised to use the Olgiati Bridge or the Veterans Bridge as alternate routes while the Market Street Bridge is closed.

For travel information visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5 1 1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511. 

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 Season to Remember" Honors Victims of Homicide

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 5:00pm

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Thursday evening hosted the 12th annual “Tennessee Season to Remember” ceremony at First Baptist Church in Nashville to honor victims of homicide. Haslam was joined by several state and local public safety officials. During the ceremony, families from across Tennessee placed ornaments on memorial wreaths in honor of their loved ones.

“We want these families who have suffered unimaginable loss to know that Tennesseans support them, and we hope the simple act of hanging an ornament in the name of a loved one can provide some comfort this holiday season,” Haslam said.

The memorial wreaths will be displayed in the Tennessee State Capitol throughout the holiday season.

District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, who serves Tennessee’s 25th Judicial District in west Tennessee, shared his own story as a survivor of a homicide victim. In 2008, Dunavant’s wife, Jackie, was killed in a vehicular homicide accident in Lauderdale County. Dunavant, who was first elected in 2006 and was recently re-elected to a second term, has been a tireless advocate for victims of crime. He has since remarried to Marianne Dunavant, whose fiancé was murdered in 2007 during a restaurant robbery in Nashville. The Dunavants share a passion for advocating for the rights of crime victims. They both serve on the Board of Directors for Tennessee Voices for Victims, a victims’ advocacy organization.

Former Sen. Charlotte Burks and former Tennessee First Lady Andrea Conte placed the first ornaments on the wreaths. Burks’ husband, Sen. Tommy Burks, was murdered in 1998. Conte started the “Tennessee Season to Remember” Ceremony in 2002.

Representatives from the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association also placed ornaments on the wreaths in honor of the victims and the survivors they assist throughout the year.

Musician Sylvia Hutton provided musical entertainment.

The Tennessee Board of Parole, Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration’s Office of Criminal Justice Programs, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office, Tennessee Department of Treasury, Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction (TRICOR), and victims’ advocacy groups You Have the Power and Tennessee Voices for Victims organized this year’s event.

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East Tennessee Construction Report for December 4-10, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:39pm

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129/ SR 115 between Louisville Road and Payne Avenue: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary daytime lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through this area as crews install longitudinal cable barrier in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 162 West near Cusick Road: SR 162 is reduced to one lane near Cusick Road as crews perform work on this SIA project.  This lane reduction will remain in effect through November 2014. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North between Mile Markers 142 and 157: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various locations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform median cable barrier installation.  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.

CARTER COUNTY, SR 37 at SR 67: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures during daylight hours as crews perform intersection improvements in this area. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE COUNTY, I-40 East and West between Mile Markers 444 and 446: On Sunday, December 7, 2014 through Friday, December 12, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform roadwork in this area. Motorists should be alert for workers present 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: Beginning Monday, December 8, 2014, SR 32 will be reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal as crews begin this bridge repair project.  This one lane condition will remain in place around the clock until bridge repairs are completed.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use caution in this area.

HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 32/US 25E near College Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times and changing conditions through this project. 

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.

HAWKINS COUNTY, SR 346 between Log Miles 2.5 and 6: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this utility project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 East and West Bridge over the French Broad River near Mile Marker 425: Beginning Thursday, December 11, 2014, motorists should be alert for a new traffic shift on I-40 East across the bridge as repairs progress into the next scheduled phase.  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.  These lane reductions will be in place around the clock for approximately two years.  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, I-40 East between Mile Markers 421 and 425: On Thursday, December 11, 2014, motorists should be alert for a series of brief rolling roadblocks from Mile Markers 421 to 425 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform a traffic shift related to the bridge repairs near Mile Marker 425.  Motorists should be alert for slowed or stopped traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.

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): On Sunday, December 7, 2014 through Thursday, December 11, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews shift traffic lanes through this project. 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): On Thursday, December 11, 2014 through Saturday, December 13, 2014, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work through this I.T.S. project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme 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 expect lane closures and potential delays during daylight hours as crews perform milling operations between Ledgerwood Road and Tell Mynatt Road. 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 33 Broadway near I-640: On Monday, December 8, 2014 through Friday, December 12, 2014, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work through this I.T.S. project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present 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 for bridge construction, utility and equipment crossings.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 131 Emory Road between Hallbrook Road and Maynardville Highway: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present on Sunday, November 28, 2014 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. as utility crews perform overhead power line work in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays 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.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 347 and 340: 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: On Tuesday, December 9, 2014 through Thursday, December 11, 2014 motorists should be alert for temporary nightly lane closures on I-40 East between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews shift traffic in this area. 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 through this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

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 126 between Industry Drive and Lincoln Street: Beginning Monday, December 1, 2014 through Tuesday, December 23, 2014, motorists should be alert for lane closures in this area for utility installations.  There will be possible daily lane closures in the eastbound direction between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.  A lane closure in the westbound direction will remain in effect around the clock through December 23, 2014 .Motorists should expect potential delays and consider alternate routes during peak travel times.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, US11W at various locations in Kingsport: Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as crews perform utility work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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.

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:  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/SULLIVAN COUNTY SR 75 over I-26 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Traffic has been shifted onto the new portion of the SR 75 bridge that crosses over the interstate.  Motorists should expect traffic to be congested in this area, especially at peak travel times (morning/late afternoon).  The traffic shift will remain in place for approximately 6-8 months.  Once the second phase of the bridge is completed, there will be six travel lanes consisting of two through lanes in each direction along with two left turn lanes.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use extreme caution in 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 December 4-10, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:08am

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

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

 

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

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

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on I-65 over CSX Railroad, Rivergate Pkwy, Long Hollow Pike, E Cedar Street, & Mansker Creek

  • Friday December 5, 8PM-6AM, There will be one lane closed on I-65 northbound in order to repair the bridge joint over Rivergate Parkway.

 

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

  • Sunday December 7 through Friday December 12, 8PM-5AM, There will be a temporary lane closure on SR 45 in both directions over the Cumberland River (between Madison and Old Hickory) for shoulder work of stone and asphalt to prepare for traffic shift.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Grading, Drainage, and Paving of I-40 West Exit Ramp at Church Street

  • Friday December 5, 10PM through Monday December 8, 5AM, The exit ramp from I-40 West to Church Street will be closed to excavate and relocate the existing 24” water main.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Installation of Interchange Lighting on SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) at the Junction of Conference Drive

  • From now through Wednesday December 31, 7AM-4PM, There will be shoulder closures on Vietnam Veterans Blvd at Conference Drive for installation of lighting.

 

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

Thursday December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 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 WILSON COUNTIES, Removal & Replacement of HOV Signing & Thermoplastic Markings on Various Interstates

  • Saturday December 6, 7AM-5PM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 in both directions, from the Mt Juliet interchange (Exit 226, SR 171) to the airport entrance (Exit 216), for HOV signing.
  • Saturday December 6, 7AM–5PM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 in both directions, from Harding Place (Exit 56, SR 255) to Shelbyville Hwy (Exit 81, US 231), for HOV signing.
  • Monday December 8 through Wednesday December 10, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 in both directions, from the Mt Juliet interchange (Exit 226, SR 171) to the airport entrance (Exit 216), for HOV striping.
  • Monday December 8 through Wednesday December 10, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 in both directions, from Harding Place (Exit 56, SR 255) to Shelbyville Hwy (Exit 81, US 231), for HOV striping.

 

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

  • Thursday December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

MAURY AND WILLIAMSON COUNTIES, Construction of Median Crossovers on I-65

  • Monday December 8 through Wednesday December 10, 7AM-5PM, There will lane closures on I-65 in both directions at MM 50.9 in Maury County and MM 55.3 in Williamson County for construction of median crossovers. Northbound lane closures will not begin until 9AM and southbound lane closures will end by 3PM.

 

Look Ahead:

  • Thursday December 11 and Friday December 12, 7AM-5PM, There will lane closures I-65 in both directions at MM 50.9 in Maury County and MM 55.3 in Williamson County for construction of median crossovers. Northbound lane closures will not begin until 9AM and southbound lane closures will end by 3PM

 

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

  • Thursday December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

SMITH COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on US 70N (SR 24/SR 53/Cookeville Hwy) over Caney Fork River

  • From now through Monday December 15, Traffic will be reduced to one lane on US 70N for grading operations. Traffic will be controlled by use of temporary traffic signals in that area.

 

SUMNER AND WILSON COUNTIES, Bridge Construction on SR 109 over the Cumberland River

  • Thursday December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane closures for permanent striping and installation of bridge expansion joints.

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Grading, Drainage and Paving on I-65 Ramps to SR 253 (Concord Rd)

  • Sunday December 7 and Monday December 8, 8PM-6AM, There will be one lane closures on I-65, in both directions, at the Concord Road off-ramps in order to install permanent striping.

 

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

  • Thursday December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged during paving 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 December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 1 PM, (excluding weekends), There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions, between MM 61 and MM 63, for blasting.
  • Thursday December 4, 8PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 southbound at MM 61.5 (Exit 61/Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) for milling and paving.
  • Friday December 5, 8PM through Monday December 8, 5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 southbound at MM 61 (Exit 61/Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) for milling, paving, and striping to accomplish traffic switch.

 

Relensing of Snowplowable Pavement Markers on Various Interstates and State Routes

  • Thursday December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 8PM-6AM, There will be moving lane closures at the following locations in order to relense snowplowable markers.

Davidson County

  • I-24 from MM 32 to 44, 51 to 53, and 56 to 63
  • I-40 from MM 191 to 203 and 209 to 213
  • I-65 from MM 74 to 83 and 89 to 95
  • SR 155 (Briley Parkway) from MM 6 (I-40 Interchange) to MM 27.4 (Robertson Ave)

Robertson County

  • I-24 from MM 17 to 23

Rutherford County

  • I-24 from MM 77 to 82

Williamson County

  • I-65 from MM 65 to 73

Willson County

  • I-40 from MM 222 to 225

 

Retracing of Pavement Markings on Various Interstate and State Routes

  • Tuesday December 9 and Wednesday December 10, 9AM-3PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on the following routes so that testing of roadway striping may be done. Troopers will be utilized. All testing is weather dependent. All testing schedules are subject to change.
  • Hickman County – I-40 at MM 148.2
  • Humphreys County – I-40 at MM 134.8 & 135.2
  • Robertson County – I-24 at MM 17.2, 17.6, & 24.3 and I-65 at MM 113.4, 113.7, and 118
  • Sumner County – SR 386 at MM 2, 4.5, 6.5, & 10.5

 

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

  • Thursday December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 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 December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 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 December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 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 December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 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 December 4 through Wednesday December 10, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Friday December 5, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 24 (Lebanon Road), from Rose Street to Old Lebanon Pike, in order for NES to remove control cable from the existing pole line.
  • From now through Monday December 15, 9AM-2:30PM, There will be lane closures on SR 1 (Charlotte Pike), from Sawyer Brown Rd to SR 251 (Old Hickory Blvd), in order for NES to replace existing poles & anchors.
  • From now through Wednesday December 17, 9AM–3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 45 from (Old Hickory Blvd), from Brick Church Pike to Dickerson Pike, in order for NES to rebuild the pole line in a west to east direction.

 

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, visit the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5‑1‑1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

TDOT is currently working to improve SmartWay access for Android and iPhone users to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The new system will provide up-to-the-minute, customized traffic information and will enable the user to access TDOT SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  Check back for more information on mobile SmartWay use.

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

Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 454-8042

Tennessee Highway Patrol Names New Captain Over Training Division

TN.gov Safety - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 9:48am

NASHVILLE --- Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the promotion of Robert Bighem to the rank of Captain, overseeing the agency’s Training Division. The promotion for Bighem, who was a lieutenant on the Training Center staff, is effective immediately. 

Bighem replaces Captain Don Nicholson, who is retiring after 34 years with the THP.  He had served as captain over the Training Center since 2006.   

Captain Bighem has worked in the THP’s Training Center for the past 17 years. He began his career as a road trooper with the highway patrol in 1977. Prior to becoming a state trooper, Bighem served as a police officer for the Martin Police Department, where he earned an award of merit for outstanding performance and service for the city of Martin.  

“Robert has been a positive fixture at the Training Center for many years. He has become the ‘heart and soul’ of that division and his passion to provide the best training experience for all of our employees is constantly evident. I know that our training program will not miss a beat with our new captain at the helm,” Colonel Trott said.

Bighem holds numerous instructor certifications, including, driving track, DUI, traffic incident management, verbal judo and respectful work place. He is also a specialized instructor in the areas of pursuit driving, defensive tactics and trooper cadet training.  

He is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police and Staff Command, which holds their classes at the THP Training Center.

Bighem will oversee his first THP Cadet School scheduled to start February 1, 2015.

He is married to Marie and they have two daughters Robin Bighem & Aimee (Stephan) Butler and four granddaughters Laila, Taylor, Kendal and Kaitlyn.

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 Department of Safety & Homeland Security Announce Thanksgiving Results

TN.gov Safety - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:51pm

NASHVILLE---The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the preliminary number of four traffic fatalities statewide during the 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday period, which began on midnight Wednesday, Nov. 26 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. 

If this year’s preliminary figures remain, it would mark the lowest number of vehicular deaths during the Thanksgiving holiday period since the seven traffic deaths in 1983.  In 2013, there were 12 vehicular deaths during the 120-hour Thanksgiving holiday.

The department also reported that none of this year’s holiday traffic fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes. Two of the individuals killed were not wearing seat belts.

“We are pleased with the preliminary fatality figures during this year’s Thanksgiving day period. We credit the state troopers and local law enforcement agencies who worked together to help ensure safe holiday travels throughout Tennessee,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.  

The Tennessee Highway Patrol also revealed that there were zero traffic fatalities on Interstate 40 during the “I-40 Challenge” over the Thanksgiving period. The challenge was held on the busiest travel days of the holiday, specifically from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. 

Tennessee state troopers investigated a total of 78 crashes (one alcohol-related), arrested six individuals on suspicion of impaired driving and issued 238 seat belt citations on I-40 during the two-day challenge periods. They also inspected 215 commercial vehicles in that time frame, placing 16 drivers and nine vehicles out of service, respectively.

“This was another successful year for the I-40 challenge. Our state troopers worked hard to keep Tennessee highways safe during one of the busiest travel periods of the year, and can take pride in the fact there were zero traffic fatalities on I-40 during their watch,” Colonel Trott said. 

Law enforcement officials from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, New Mexico State Police, Texas Department of Public Safety, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Arkansas State Police, California Highway Patrol and North Carolina Highway Patrol also participated in the I-40 challenge.

The I-40 Challenge was part of the THP’s “Drive to Zero Fatalities” campaign. 

A preliminary statistical report of the 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday period accompanies this release. Please note these figures include all vehicular fatalities in Tennessee reported by law enforcement agencies across the state.

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

Truck Restrictions on “The Dragon” in Blount County; Limits for commercial vehicles longer than 30 feet on US 129 (SR 115)

TN.gov Transportation - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:45am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Following the completion of an operational and safety review, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has determined that vehicles over 30 feet in length will no longer be allowed to utilize a mountainous section of US 129 (SR 115) in Blount County, known as “The Dragon.”

From 2010 to 2012, there were 204 total crashes from the Tennessee/North Carolina State Line to Tabcat Bridge (Log Mile 11.19) in Blount County, with six of those involving fatalities. This is considered a critical number of crashes based on the type of road and number of vehicles per day on this facility. While only one of the fatal crashes involved a tractor trailer, there were a number of incidents involving large trucks. Due to the curvy and narrow roadway, incidents involving tractor trailers usually block the highway for several hours and prevent travel for all motorists.

Signage detailing these restrictions will be installed in mid-January. TDOT has coordinated these efforts with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Blount County law enforcement.

North Carolina has similar restrictions for truck traffic on US 129 from the Tennessee/North Carolina State Line to the Graham (NC) County Line.

For travel and TDOT construction information, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/. Motorists are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly.  Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle. 

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Receives Traffic Safety Grants for 2015

TN.gov Safety - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:14pm

NASHVILLE---The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced today that it will receive traffic safety grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to provide increased enforcement, public awareness campaigns and help reduce serious injury and fatal crashes on state roadways in 2015. The grant funds were distributed through the Governor’s Highway’s Safety Office (GHSO).

The THP continues to target seat belt usage across the state. The BELTS program will provide funding to allow state troopers to enhance the current seat belt usage rate of 87.7 percent. Statistical data revealed that unrestrained fatalities are most likely to occur on Fridays and Saturdays than any other day of the week.

Goals of the BELTS Program include:

·         Conducting seat belt checkpoints in each of the eight THP Districts each month;

·         Each district will participate in the 12 statewide seat belt blitzes scheduled;

·         Reducing the number of unrestrained drivers in fatal and injury crashes by five percent;

·         Increasing the seat belt usage rate by 2.5 percent.

THP received $130,068.48 in grant monies for the BELTS program.

The Sober Up TN program allows the THP to allocate additional hours for state troopers to patrol the interstates, conduct sobriety checkpoints, perform bar checks, and educate the public on the dangers of drinking and driving.

State Troopers have utilized a data-driven approach to address alcohol-related crashes by targeting times and locations where these types of incidents are most prevalent. Predictive analytics has revealed that the majority of impaired driving crashes occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 4 a.m., and a higher rate of alcohol-related wrecks occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Goals of the Sober Up TN Program include:

·         Increasing the number of sobriety checkpoints;

·         Enforcing DUI and alcohol-related offenses;

·         Reducing fatalities where alcohol was indicated as a contributing factor;

·         Facilitating community meetings to solicit citizen attendance and input and involve local agencies, District Attorney Generals, school and court officials and associated stakeholders.

Sober Up TN grant funds provided to the agency amounted to $716,919.36.

Both grant programs run through September 30, 2015.

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

East Tennessee Construction Report for November 26-December 3, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 7:40am

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129/ SR 115 between Louisville Road and Payne Avenue: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary daytime lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through this area as crews install longitudinal cable barrier in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

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.

BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 162 West near Cusick Road: SR 162 is reduced to one lane near Cusick Road as crews perform work on this SIA project.  This lane reduction will remain in effect through November 2014. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North between Mile Markers 142 and 157: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various locations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform median cable barrier installation.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, US 25W/SR 9 between Duff Road and SR 63:  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours as crews complete final items through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in 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.

CARTER COUNTY, SR 37 at SR 67: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures during daylight hours as crews perform intersection improvements in this area. 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.

HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 32/US 25E near College Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times and changing conditions through this project. 

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.

HAWKINS COUNTY, SR 346 between Log Miles 2.5 and 6: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this utility project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 East and West Bridge over the French Broad River near Mile Marker 425: Beginning Monday, December 8, 2014, motorists should be alert for a new traffic shift on I-40 East across the bridge as repairs progress into the next scheduled phase.  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.  These lane reductions will be in place around the clock for approximately two years.  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, I-40 East between Mile Markers 421 and 425: On Monday, December 8, 2014, motorists should be alert for a series of brief rolling roadblocks from Mile Markers 421 to 425 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform a traffic shift related to the bridge repairs near Mile Marker 425.  Motorists should be alert for slowed or stopped traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.

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, 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 expect lane closures and potential delays during daylight hours as crews perform milling operations between Ledgerwood Road and Tell Mynatt Road. 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 for bridge construction, utility and equipment crossings.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 131 Emory Road between Hallbrook Road and Maynardville Highway: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present on Sunday, November 28, 2014 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. as utility crews perform overhead power line work in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays 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.

SEVIER COUNTY, I-40 East and West near Mile Marker 407: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary nightly lane closures in both directions between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews shift traffic in this area for 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 through this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

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 126 between Industry Drive and Lincoln Street: Beginning Monday, December 1, 2014 through Tuesday, December 23, 2014, motorists should be alert for lane closures in this area for utility installations.  There will be possible daily lane closures in the eastbound direction between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.  A lane closure in the westbound direction will remain in effect around the clock through December 23, 2014 .Motorists should expect potential delays and consider alternate routes during peak travel times.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, US11W at various locations in Kingsport: Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as crews perform utility work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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.

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:  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/SULLIVAN COUNTY SR 75 over I-26 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Traffic has been shifted onto the new portion of the SR 75 bridge that crosses over the interstate.  Motorists should expect traffic to be congested in this area, especially at peak travel times (morning/late afternoon).  The traffic shift will remain in place for approximately 6-8 months.  Once the second phase of the bridge is completed, there will be six travel lanes consisting of two through lanes in each direction along with two left turn lanes.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use extreme caution in 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 November 27-December 3, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 4:37pm

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, Grading, Drainage, and Paving of I-40 West Exit Ramp at Church Street

Look Ahead:

  • Friday December 5, 9PM through Monday December 8, 5AM, The exit ramp from I-40 West to Church Street will be closed to excavate and relocate the existing 24” water main.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Installation of Interchange Lighting on SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) at the Junction of Conference Drive

  • From now through Wednesday December 31, 7AM-4PM, There will be shoulder closures on Vietnam Veterans Blvd at Conference Drive for installation of lighting.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) from US 31W (US 41/SR 11/Dickerson Pike) to US 31E (SR 6/Gallatin Pike)

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on Old Hickory Blvd, from Dickerson Pike to Gallatin Pike and on Gallatin Pike from south of One Mile Pkwy to Myatt Drive, so that milling, concrete work, and paving can be done.

 

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

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 8PM–6AM, There will be alternating shoulder closures on I-24 (approximately between MM 58 and Elam Road) and SR 840 (approximately between MM 48 and MM 57) for pull box installation and conduit proving/repairs.

 

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

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

ROBERTSON AND SUMNER COUNTIES, Retracing of Pavement Markings on Various Interstate and State Routes

  • Tuesday December 2, 9AM-3PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on the following routes so that testing of roadway striping may be done. Troopers will be utilized. All testing is weather dependent. All testing schedules are subject to change.
  • Robertson County – I-24 at MM 17.2, 17.6, & 24.3 and I-65 at MM 113.4, 113.7, and 118.9
  • Sumner County – SR 386 at MM 2, 4.5, 6.5, & 10.5

 

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

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

SMITH COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on US 70N (SR 24/SR 53/Cookeville Hwy) over Caney Fork River

  • Thursday November 20 through Monday December 15, Traffic will be reduced to one lane on US 70N for grading operations. Traffic will be controlled by use of temporary traffic signals in that area.

 

SUMNER AND WILSON COUNTIES, Bridge Construction on SR 109 over the Cumberland River

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane closures for permanent striping and installation of bridge expansion joints.

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Grading, Drainage and Paving on I-65 Ramps to SR 253 (Concord Rd)

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 8PM-6AM, There will be temporary lane closures on Concord Road in order to install signal poles.

 

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

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged during paving 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

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 1 PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions between MM 61 and MM 63 for blasting.

 

Look Ahead:

  • Thursday December 4, 8PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 southbound at MM 61.5 (Exit 61/Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) for milling and paving.
  • Friday December 5, 8PM through Monday December 8, 5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 southbound at MM 61 (Exit 61/Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) for milling, paving, and striping to accomplish traffic switch.

 

Relensing of Snowplowable Pavement Markers on Various Interstates and State Routes

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 8PM-6AM, There will be moving lane closures at the following locations in order to relense snowplowable markers.

Davidson County

  • I-24 from MM 32 to 44, 51 to 53, and 56 to 63
  • I-40 from MM 191 to 203 and 209 to 213
  • I-65 from MM 74 to 83 and 89 to 95
  • SR 155 (Briley Parkway) from MM 6 (I-40 Interchange) to MM 27.4 (Robertson Ave)

Williamson County

  • I-65 from MM 65 to 73

 

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

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 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

 

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 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

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 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

 

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 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

  • Monday December 1 through Wednesday December 3, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning. This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Tuesday December 2 and Wednesday December 3, 8PM-5AM, The two left lanes of I-65 northbound, between MM 81 and MM 82, will be closed for bridge repair over Wedgewood Avenue.  One lane will remain open.   

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Friday December 5, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 24 (Lebanon Road), from Rose Street to Old Lebanon Pike, in order for NES to remove control cable from the existing pole line.
  • From now through Monday December 15, 9AM-2:30PM, There will be lane closures on SR 1 (Charlotte Pike), from Sawyer Brown Rd to SR 251 (Old Hickory Blvd), in order for NES to replace existing poles & anchors.
  • From now through Wednesday December 17, 9AM–3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 45 from (Old Hickory Blvd), from Brick Church Pike to Dickerson Pike, in order for NES to rebuild the pole line in a west to east direction.

 

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, visit the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5‑1‑1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

TDOT is currently working to improve SmartWay access for Android and iPhone users to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The new system will provide up-to-the-minute, customized traffic information and will enable the user to access TDOT SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  Check back for more information on mobile SmartWay use.

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 100-Year Mobile Exhibit Coming to a Town Near You

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:02am
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Scheduled Events along Memphis to Bristol Highway, the State’s First Road

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is continuing its year-long Centennial Celebration with a mobile transportation museum exhibit that will travel from one end of the state to the other along the Memphis to Bristol Highway (SR 1), Tennessee’s first road.

The first stop on the TDOT 100-Year Mobile Exhibit Tour is the Cordova Branch of the Memphis Public Library. The exhibit features several historical documents including one of the first sets of road design plans that date back to 1917, and hand-held equipment used by TDOT employees many decades ago.

TDOT kicked off its 100th year as a state agency on July 1, 2014. In addition to the mobile museum, TDOT’s Centennial Celebration will include the release of a special edition transportation history book and the installation of special commemorative signs along the Memphis to Bristol Highway.

The mobile exhibit tour will run through June 2015. Specific locations will be named each month. The cities are as follows:

  • November – Memphis
  • December – Jackson
  • January – Dickson
  • February – Murfreesboro
  • March & April – Nashville
  • May – Crossville
  • June – Bristol

 

For more information about the “TDOT Centennial: A hundred Years of Moving Tennessee Forward and into the Future,” please visit our website: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/100years/default.shtml. The media can find pictures on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tndot/sets/72157649263656625/. Raw video can be found on the TDOT YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l5RszSXSSM&list=UUP-ArMX3gQLDZAA6GUzziKQ

 

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Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Identity Crimes Unit Warns Citizens of Identity Theft During Holidays

TN.gov Safety - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:36pm

NASHVILLE –-- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Identity Crimes Unit urges all citizens to protect themselves against identity crimes, including theft and fraud, this holiday season.

“Millions of shoppers will take advantage of ‘Black Friday’ or ‘Cyber Monday’ holiday sales this year. We just want to encourage consumers to take extra precautions to prevent fraudulent use of their personal information,” Tennessee Highway Patrol Major Stacy Williams said. He oversees the department’s Identity Crimes Unit.

According to Javelin Strategy and Research, 13.1 million consumers suffered identity fraud in 2013. That’s an increase of 500,000 from the previous year and marks the second highest level on record. It was also revealed that 44 percent of all fraud involved an online transaction.

“Internet scammers or hackers can easily access your private data, if you’re not careful.  Citizens should make sure web sites are secure before entering any personal or financial information,” Williams stated. 

In 2013, identity theft accounted for 14 percent of all complaints recorded by the Federal Trade Commission, leading the list of top consumer complaints.

The Identity Crimes Unit offers these tips to help keep holiday shoppers safe:

  • When paying by credit card:
    • Don't allow clerks to put your receipts in your bag; carry them in your wallet instead where they are safer and less likely to fall out.
    • Watch cashiers, waiters and bartenders, ensuring that they don't "skim" or save your card number for later use.
  • When paying by check:
    • Never allow merchants to write your social security number on the check. In many states, it is illegal.
    • Use a gel ink pen—preferably black—to write checks, which will permeate the fibers and make it difficult for the check to be cleaned and reused.
  • When shopping online:
    • Be careful of wireless internet connections. Only use those that require a security key or certificate.
  • Shop on secure, reputable sites only - https:// at the beginning of the URL indicates a secure site.
  • Never offer personal information, especially your social security number.
  • Leave suspicious websites immediately.
  • Read customer reviews before ordering.
  • Use a credit card and not a debit card, this protects your personal funds and prevents thieves from gaining access to funds in your bank account.
  • General tips:
    • Avoid carrying a social security card, birth certificate, passport, bank information or paychecks when hitting the stores.
    • Check your bank statements, credit card bills and credit reports often. This will help to avoid any efforts to use your identity.

If you have been the victim of an identity crime, you can get information and help by downloading a resource kit for identity theft victims from http://www.tn.gov/safety/ICU.shtml.

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security Identity Crimes Unit is comprised of employees from three divisions of the department: Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security, and Driver Services Division.

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 Route 248 over Interstate 65 Reopens in Williamson County

TN.gov Transportation - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 3:25pm

From Demolition to Restoration in 102 Days

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Just over 90 days after a tanker truck fire destroyed two bridges on SR 248 (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) over I-65 in Williamson County, Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews completed construction of a new bridge and reopened the exit to traffic.

Two lanes of travel and a center turn lane opened Tuesday afternoon just before the Thanksgiving holiday, marking the end of an expedited effort to build a new bridge.

“One hundred and two days to demolish two bridges and build a new one is a record for TDOT,” Commissioner John Schroer said. “I want to commend the tremendous work of our contractors LoJac Enterprises, Inc. and Brown Builders, Inc., along with the TDOT staff overseeing this project. Their efforts will allow the 11,000 vehicles that travel this part of SR 248 to use this overpass during the busy holiday travel season.”

Contract crews will continue work on the SR 248 interchange, which is being modified as part of a $46 million project to widen I-65 from SR 248 to SR 840. The project is expected to be complete by June 2016.

 

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