Tennessee Highway Patrol Announce 2014 Trooper & Dispatcher of the Year, District of the Year

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:39pm

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott presented Trooper Michael Sullivan and Dispatcher Andrew Lawson with the 2014 Trooper and Dispatcher of the Year award, respectively, at a special ceremony held Wednesday evening in Murfreesboro. Also, the THP Fall Branch District was awarded the 2014 District of the Year.  

The University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones served as the keynote speaker. Coach Jones is the son of a long-time police chief and nephew to a Michigan State Police Commander.

The THP also recognized troopers and dispatchers in each of the agency’s districts across the state, as well as honored those in specialized units, specifically for investigations, interdiction and commercial vehicle enforcement (CVE). The top-10 troopers were also recognized for DUI and seat belt and child restraint device enforcement, while five troopers were honored for their work in stopping hazardous moving violators. 

“Our state troopers and dispatchers serve on the front line in helping to ensure public safety for all Tennesseans. They truly are the finest public servants and most deserving of recognition. I’m glad that we were able to honor their commitment to the safety and security of Tennessee,” Commissioner Gibbons said.

“The two honorees exemplify the very best of what it means to be a trooper and dispatcher,” Colonel Trott said. “Trooper Sullivan works tirelessly to reduce crime and keep our roadways safer, while Dispatcher Lawson’s professionalism, decisiveness and calm under pressure probably saved the life of a trooper on his shift. It was my privilege to recognize them as the gold standard in their professions in 2014,” he added.

Trooper Michael Sullivan, who represents the THP Jackson District, earned the 2014 Trooper of the Year honor. Trooper Sullivan led the 10-county district in DUI arrests with 128 and finished second in impaired driving arrests statewide. He consistently produces as a DUI task force member working the midnight shift in Henderson County, arresting 155 individuals, including 16 felony apprehensions. Trooper Sullivan also investigated 76 crashes and issued 1,117 citations for violations, while conducting 97 commercial motor vehicle inspections last year.  A 13-year veteran of the THP, Trooper Sullivan looks beyond the citation and accepts any duty or task assigned.

Dispatcher Andrew Lawson was named the 2014 Dispatcher of the Year after handling an incident involving Trooper Eric Miller on May 2, 2014 on Interstate 75. Trooper Miller had initiated a traffic stop at approximately 8:20 a.m. on that day. Moments later, Dispatcher Lawson noticed that the trooper was no longer communicating with dispatch, but sounded as if he was in a struggle. Dispatcher Lawson requested assistance from Loudon County 911 and maintained telephone contact, while coordinating with other troopers to respond to the scene. Soon after, Trooper Miller made contact and requested assistance, advising that the suspect fled the scene. During the struggle, shots were fired and the suspect attempted to run over Trooper Miller. Dispatcher Lawson determined Trooper Miller’s location in an attempt to make contact with the suspect vehicle. This event lasted for several hours, during which time, Dispatcher Lawson relayed information to other agencies and maintained constant contact with troopers on the scene. He remained calm throughout and presented himself as a seasoned professional.   

The THP Fall Branch District earned the 2014 District of the Year award and District Captain Stephen Street took home the colonel’s achievement award after reducing traffic fatalities in the region by 11.3 percent from the previous year. State troopers in the district also increased DUI arrests 29 percent and seat belt citations by 122 percent, compared to 2013. The Greene County Scales Complex also placed unsafe commercial vehicles out of service at a rate of 41 percent, while commercial vehicle drivers were placed out of service at an 11 percent rate. Both rates were above the national average.

2014 District Trooper of the Year (* denotes statewide Trooper of the Year)

1. Trooper Jerry Watson, Knoxville District

2. Trooper Stoney Morton, Chattanooga District

3. Trooper Alex Campbell, Nashville District

4. Trooper Michael Bolton, Memphis District

5. Trooper James Knipper, Fall Branch District

6. Trooper Michael Robertson, Cookeville District

7. Trooper Chad Staggs, Lawrenceburg District

8. Trooper Michael Sullivan, Jackson District*

9. Sergeant Michael Morgan, Administrative (Protective Services Division)

2014 District Dispatcher of the Year (*denotes statewide Dispatcher of the Year)

1. Dispatcher Andrew Lawson, Knoxville District*

2. Dispatcher Julia Morrison, Chattanooga District

3. Dispatcher Joshua Murphy, Nashville District

4. Dispatcher Susan Ballard, Memphis District

5. Dispatcher Doug Boone, Fall Branch District

6. Dispatcher Stacy Lawson, Cookeville District

7. Dispatcher Cynthia Krause, Lawrenceburg District

8. Dispatcher Jessie Overman, Jackson District

2014 Specialized Unit Award Recipients

1. Brad Simpson, Investigator of the Year (Identity Crimes Unit)

2. Jeremy Miller, Interdiction Trooper of the Year  

3. Trooper David McDonald, CVE Trooper of the Year

4. Trooper Jason Sherrod, Lifesaver Award  

2014 Top 10 Troopers honored for DUI Enforcement

1.  Stoney Morton, Chattanooga District – 163 arrests

2.  Michael Sullivan, Jackson District – 128 arrests

3.  Vince Mullins, Fall Branch District – 127 arrests

4.  Adam Cash, Jackson District – 125 arrests

5.  Chad Staggs, Lawrenceburg District – 110 arrests

6.  Tommy Lyles, Chattanooga District – 102 arrests

7.  William Satterfield, Knoxville District– 101 arrests

8.  Shane Roberts, Nashville District – 89 arrests

9.  Owen Grear, Memphis District - 88

10. Michael Bolton, Memphis District – 86 arrests

2014 Top 10 Troopers honored for Seat Belt & Child Restraint Device Enforcement

1.  Jerry Watson, Knoxville District – 2,114 citations

2.  William Head, Nashville District – 1,587 citations

3.  Billy Smith, Nashville District – 1,382 citations

4.  James Knipper, Fall Branch District– 1,090 citations

5.  Charles Groce, Cookeville District – 1,060 citations

6.  Stephen Barclay, Knoxville District–1,041 citations

7.  Terry Milholen, Jackson District – 1,031 citations

8.  Martin Herren, Cookeville District – 914 citations

9.  Charles Childers, Jackson District – 910 citations

10. Joe Agee, Nashville District – 877 citations

2014 Top Five Troopers honored for Hazardous Moving Violations

1.  Jerry Watson, Knoxville District – 1,571 citations

2.  Carll Duryea, Knoxville District – 1,537 citations

3.  Billy Jackson, Memphis District – 1,392 citations

4.  David Osborne, Fall Branch District – 1,032 citations

5.  Ronny Wright, Lawrenceburg District – 1,011 citations

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Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure February 26-March 4, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:08am

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

  • Thursday February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 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 COUNTY, Nashville Smartway ITS Expansion Project at Various Locations

  • Thursday February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24 westbound at MM 42 (between Old Hickory Blvd and Briley Pkwy) to install a CCTV lowering device and camera.

 

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

  • Thursday February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

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

  • Thursday February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

SUMNER COUNTY, Extension of Concrete Box Bridge on SR 109

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

 

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

  • Thursday February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane shifts on SR 386 and Exit 3 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd Connector/Hendersonville) to replace concrete.
  • Thursday February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane shifts on the I-40 ramps at Exit 239 (US 70/SR 26 – Lebanon/Watertown) to replace concrete. 

 

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

  • Thursday February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged during construction operations as needed.

 

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

  • Thursday February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 1 PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions between MM 61 and MM 63 for blasting.

 

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

  • Thursday February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 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 February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 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 February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 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 February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 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 February 26 through Wednesday March 4, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations. This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Thursday February 26, 9AM-3PM, All lanes of I-65 South between Briley Parkway (MM 90) and I-24 (MM 88) will be closed for pavement repairs. Traffic will be detoured. Message boards are in place.

 

Rutherford County

  • Thursday February 26, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24 at Medical Center Pkwy, New Salem Road (SR 99) and S Church Street (US 231) so that S & W Contracting Co. can perform maintenance work on median lighting.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Friday March 20, 7PM to 6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd), from 32nd Street to 26th Street, in the City of Lakewood, in order for SBW Constructors to install new sewer services.
  • From now through Friday February 27, 9AM–3PM, There will be a lane closure on US 431 (SR 106/Hillsboro Pike) northbound, between Hemingway Drive and Tyne Blvd, in order for NES to replace two (2) poles on the outside lane.

 

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. 

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

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

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 350-4302

State Agencies Prepare for Winter Storm, Urge Citizens to Avoid Unnecessary Road Travel

TN.gov Safety - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 7:17pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) urge citizens to avoid unnecessary road travel on Monday as the state prepares for a severe winter storm. Motorists who must drive on Monday are advised to check local forecasts and road conditions before traveling.

Middle Tennessee will be under a Winter Storm Warning starting at 9 p.m., CST, Sunday until 6 a.m., CST, Monday. The National Weather Service is forecasting a wintry mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain at Tennessee's border with Alabama.  Along Tennessee's border with Kentucky, six inches to 10 inches of snow is possible.  The Nashville area could see between three and seven inches of snow accumulation. A wintery mix of sleet and ice is predicted for west Tennessee. Sleet and accumulating snow is expected to continue into east Tennessee throughout the day.

 

The state is taking precautions ahead of the winter storm.  “We are monitoring the developing weather situation at the State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville,” TEMA Deputy Commissioner David Purkey said.  “Our regional staff is in contact with all local emergency management agencies to support their needs and respond to any requests for assistance.” 

 

“We have a difficult task ahead of us over the next 24 hours,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “Our crews will be out in force, and our primary focus initially will be on the interstate system. We will begin clearing secondary routes as quickly as we can. We will work until the job is done, but this will likely be a sustained effort through Monday into Tuesday. We ask motorists to please limit travel during this period.”

 

“We have placed all Tennessee Highway Patrol strike teams on standby so troopers will not only be ready to respond to roadside emergencies and crashes, they will also be prepared to assist local emergency management officials and first responders, if necessary,” Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

 

Some reminders for motorists who must travel under severe winter weather conditions:

 

·         Call 511 before traveling into areas affected by severe winter weather for updates from TDOT on hazardous roadway conditions.
 

·         Call *THP (*847) from any mobile phone if your vehicle gets stranded to be connected to the closest Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatcher who can send help.

 

·         Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

 

·         If your vehicle becomes stranded or you are involved in an accident, stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
 

·         Monitor local radio and television broadcasts, and NOAA Weather Radio, for updates on weather conditions.
 

·         Travel with emergency supplies, including blankets, water, a windshield scraper, a flash light with fresh batteries, jumper cables and a first aid kit.
 

·         Ensure your vehicle has plenty of fuel and that tires are properly inflated.  
 

·         Use extreme caution and take the roadways that have been treated with salt or brine. 
 

·         Always wear a seat belt and make sure all passengers are properly restrained in the vehicle at all times.

 

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

TEMA's mission, www.tnema.org, is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stateholders.

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

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:18pm

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

Saturday, February 14, 6:00 a.m. through Sunday, February 15, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 21, 6:00 a.m. through Sunday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.

The following will be CLOSED for crews to safely install steel bridge beams:

  • I-40 westbound ramp to Little Rock

The work is weather dependent.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent this work from occurring as scheduled, it will be rescheduled. Detour maps for the current weekend and information will be provided on the project web site. http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/i40-240memphis/

Due to vertical clearance during the weekends of February 14 and February 21, commercial truck traffic will not be able to maneuver through the designated detour and should use SR 385 as an alternate route.

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

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

 

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

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:25am

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

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

 

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

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

 

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

  • Thursday February 12 through Wednesday February 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-65 southbound at MM 86 for receiving the overhead sign structure.

 

Look ahead:

  • Sunday February 22, 9PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure and rolling roadblock at MM 86 to swing the overhead structure.

 

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

  • Thursday February 12 through Wednesday February 18, 8PM-6AM, There will be an alternating lane closure on George L. Davis Blvd and Church Street to install underground conduit.

 

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

  • Saturday February 14, 6AM-12 Noon, There will be alternating lane closures on I-40 in both directions, from MM 210 to MM 211, to remove barrels and signs from the work zone.

 

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

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

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Nashville Smartway ITS Expansion Project, I-40 at White Bridge Road

  • Thursday February 12 through Wednesday February 18, 9PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 eastbound at MM 203 (near Briley Pkwy, White Bridge Road exit) to install a CCTV lowering device and camera.
  • Thursday February 12 through Wednesday February 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-40 eastbound at MM 203 (near Briley Pkwy, White Bridge Road exit) and I-24 westbound at MM 42 (between Old Hickory Blvd and Briley Pkwy) to install a CCTV lowering device and camera.

 

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

  • Thursday February 12 through Wednesday February 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on all I-24 on-ramps from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy).
  • Saturday February 14, 7AM-5PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24 from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) to prep for HOV sign installation.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Look Ahead:

  • Saturday February 21 and Sunday February 22, 7AM-5:30PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions, between SR 840 and SR 96, for the removal and replacement of electric lines.  There will also be intermittent traffic stops on the I-65 southbound on-ramp from SR 248 coinciding with the rolling roadblocks.

 

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

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

 

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

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

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

 

  • Thursday February 12 through Wednesday February 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee for tree trimming and removal on an as-needed 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 February 12 through Wednesday February 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures in both directions on SR 251 (River Road) from SR 249 to the Davidson County line in order to do slope mowing.

 

Davidson County

  • Thursday February 12 through Wednesday February 18, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Thursday February 12 through Friday February 13, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on Gallatin Pike (US 31E/SR 6) eastbound at the railroad bridge in Madison for pavement sealing. One lane will remain open.  (weather dependent)
  • Saturday February 14, 9AM-2PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-65 northbound, between Rivergate Pkwy (Goodlettsville) and US 31W (Millersville), in order to patch the pavement. One lane will remain open.

 

Rutherford County

  • Wednesday February 18 and Thursday February 19, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24 at Medical Center Pkwy, New Salem Road (SR 99) and S Church Street (US 231) so that S & W Contracting Co. can perform maintenance work on median lighting.

 

Smith County

  • Thursday February 12, 9AM-3PM, There will be a right lane closure on I-40 in both directions at MM 263 for bridge repair.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Friday March 20, 7PM to 6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd), from 32nd Street to 26th Street, in the City of Lakewood, in order for SBW Constructors to install new sewer services.
  • Monday February 16 through Friday February 27, 9AM–3PM, There will be a lane closure on US 431 (SR 106/Hillsboro Pike) northbound, between Hemingway Drive and Tyne Blvd, in order for NES to replace two (2) poles on the outside lane.
  • From now through Thursday February 12, 7PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on US 70 (Charlotte Ave), between 19th and 20th Avenue, in order for Summit Contractors to open cut for 6” water service line.
  • Thursday February 12 through Wednesday February 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 1 (Murfreesboro Pike) westbound, from Elm Hill Pike to Fairfield Avenue, in order for NES to install one new pole and raise fiber optic cable.
  • Sunday February 15, 7AM-9AM, There will be a rolling stop block on SR 155 (Briley Parkway) at Centennial Blvd in order for AT&T to over-lash approximately 308’ of aerial fiber optic cable.

 

TDOT Materials & Tests

Davidson County

  • Wednesday February 18, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating closures on I-440 eastbound, from MM 0 (I-40 interchange) to MM 2 (between West End Avenue and Hillsboro Pike), in order to patch concrete.

 

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. 

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

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

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 350-4302

TDOT Applauds Public's Participation in Overhead Sign Message Contest

TN.gov Transportation - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 9:53am

Winning Messages Selected after Thousands of Votes

NASHVILLE – Thanks to enormous public participation, TDOT has selected five winning messages for the first ever Dynamic Message Sign Contest. Nearly 3,400 message entries were submitted last month. Over the last two weeks, more than 9,000 votes were cast for the 15 messages selected as finalists. The messages covered issues such as distracted driving, seatbelt usage, impaired driving, speeding and aggressive driving.

The top five messages are:

  • “Texting and driving? Oh cell no!”
  • “Exit to text it.”
  • “It’s Tennessee. Slow down and enjoy the view.”
  • “Hey you! Yeah you! Hang up and drive!”
  • “Tailgating is for the game, not the road.”

 

The winning messages will be placed in rotation to run on the overhead Dynamic Message Signs statewide throughout the year. 

“This contest has been an overwhelming success,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “The purpose of the contest was to give the public a chance to partner with TDOT to raise safety awareness. So many great messages were received, and even if a submission didn’t win, there’s still a good chance that message may be seen from time to time on our DMS boards.”

A total of 163 Dynamic Message Signs are located in the state’s four urban areas (Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville), and in some rural areas across the state. The main purpose of the signs is to alert motorists of incidents, lane blockages, hazardous road conditions, or Amber Alerts.

In 2012, TDOT became the first DOT in the nation to display roadway fatality numbers on the overhead signs. In addition to the fatality statistics, safety messages are displayed during off-peak travel times.

 

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

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:34am

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

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

 

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

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

 

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

  • Thursday February 5, 8PM, through November 2015, The exit ramp from I-24 east to I-65 north (Exit 44B) will be closed to traffic to allow construction of the inside lanes of I-65. Detours are in place.
  • Friday February 6, 9PM, through Monday February 9, 5AM, Two lanes of I-65 northbound will be closed to prepare for a traffic shift and allow for placement of barrier wall. Lanes will be reopened as the work allows in the newly constructed northbound lanes.

 

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

  • Sunday February 8 through Thursday February 12, 8PM-6AM, There will be an alternating lane closure on George L. Davis Blvd and on Church Street to install underground conduit.

 

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

  • Thursday February 5 through Wednesday February 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating shoulder closures on I-24 (approximately between MM 58 and Elam Road) and SR 840 (approximately between MM 48 and MM 57) for pull box installation and conduit proving/repairs.
  • Wednesday February 4 and Thursday February 5, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 840 (where railroad passes at Nashville Hwy) for bridge conduit installation.

 

DAVIDSON AND SUMNER COUNTIES, Nashville Smartway ITS Expansion Project

  • Thursday February 5 through Wednesday February 11, 9PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 eastbound at MM 203 (near Briley Pkwy, White Bridge Road exit) to install a CCTV lowering device and camera.
  • Thursday February 5 through Wednesday February 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-40 eastbound at MM 203 (near Briley Pkwy, White Bridge Road exit) and I-24 westbound at MM 42 (between Old Hickory Blvd and Briley Pkwy) to install a CCTV lowering device and camera. to install a CCTV lowering device and camera.

 

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

  • Thursday February 5 through Wednesday February 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on all I-24 on-ramps from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy).
  • Saturday February 7, 7AM-5PM, There will be a shoulder closure on all I-24 on-ramps from SR 255 (Harding Place) to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) to prep for HOV sign installation.

 

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

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

 

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

  • Saturday February 7, 7AM-12 Noon, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-24 eastbound, between MM 4 and MM 8, and westbound, between MM 11 and MM 8, in order to move equipment and material across the interstate.

 

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

  • Thursday February 5 through Wednesday February 11, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Intersection Improvements on SR 96 at Market Place

  • Thursday February 5 through Wednesday February 11, 8PM–6AM, (excluding weekends), There will be lane closures on SR 96 (Old Fort Pkwy) for grinding, removal and realignment of pavement marking lines. One lane will remain open in each direction.

 

SUMNER COUNTY, On-Call Concrete Pavement Repair at Various Locations

  • Wednesday February 4 and Monday February 9 through Wednesday February 11, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane shifts on SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) and Exit 3 (Hendersonville) to replace concrete. 
  • Friday February 6, 8PM through Monday February 9, 6AM, There will be alternating lane shifts on all ramps of SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) and Exit 3 (Hendersonville) to replace concrete.

 

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

  • Thursday February 5, Friday February 6, and Saturday February 7, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 109 southbound between the bridges for pavement repairs.  One southbound lane will remain open.

 

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

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

 

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

  • Thursday February 5 through Wednesday February 11, 1PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions between MM 61 and MM 63 for blasting.
  • Thursday February 5, 9AM to 1PM, There will be a lane closure on the Goose Creek bypass for a boom truck to set bearing pads. Flaggers will be used.
  • Saturday February 7, 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM, I-65 southbound will be closed at Exit 61 (SR 248/Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) to set bridge beams. Traffic will be diverted onto the ramps. SR 248 bridge over the interstate will also be closed to allow southbound interstate traffic to maintain flow across the ramps. Rolling roadblocks will be utilized for the I-65 northbound lanes for the setting of each beam.
  • Sunday February 8, 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM, I-65 northbound will be closed at Exit 61 (SR 248/Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) to set bridge beams. Traffic will be diverted onto the ramps. SR 248 bridge over the interstate will also be closed to allow northbound interstate traffic to maintain flow across the ramps. Southbound lanes will not be affected.

 

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

  • Thursday February 5 through Wednesday February 11, 9AM-4PM, There will be alternating shoulder closures on I-40 in both directions in order to execute soil borings in the median between the two lanes of traffic.

 

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

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

 

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

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

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

 

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

 

Cheatham County

  • Thursday February 5 through Wednesday February 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures in both directions on SR 251 (River Road) from SR 249 to the Davidson County line in order to do slope mowing.

 

Davidson County

  • Thursday February 5 through Wednesday February 11, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Monday February 9 through Friday February 13, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on US 31E/SR 6 (Gallatin Pike) at the railroad bridge in Madison for pavement sealing. One lane will remain open. (weather dependent)

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Friday March 20, 7PM to 6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd), from 32nd Street to 26th Street, in the City of Lakewood in order for SBW Constructors to install new sewer services.
  • From now through Friday February 6, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closure on US 431 (SR 106/Hillsboro Pike), from Burton Hill Blvd to Stanford Drive, in order for NES to do maintenance work oiling, operating switches, and replacing parts.
  • From now through Friday February 6, 6PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 155 (White Bridge Road), between Charlotte Pike (US 70) and Lenox Avenue, for utility work.
  • Sunday February 8 through Thursday February 12, 7PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on US 70 (Charlotte Ave), between 19th and 20th Avenue, in order for Summit Contractors to open cut for 6” water service line.

 

Williamson County

  • Sunday February 8, 6AM-7AM, There will be a rolling stop block on I-65 at the SR 96 interchange in order for the city of Franklin to remove street light cables that cross over the interstate. Franklin Police will be utilized.

 

TDOT Region 3 Survey

Davidson County

  • Thursday February 5, 9AM-3PM, There will be median shoulder closures on I-65 in both directions at Rivergate Pkwy (MM 96) for survey work.  All travel lanes will remain open.

 

TDOT Materials & Tests

Davidson County

  • Wednesday February 11, 8PM-5AM, There will be alternating closures on I-440 eastbound, from MM 0 (I-40 interchange) to MM 1 (West End Avenue), in order to patch concrete.

 

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.

 

Other

  • Friday February 5, 9AM-3PM and 5PM-7PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on SR 155 (Briley Pkwy) westbound from Brick Church Pike to SR 12 (Ashland City Hwy).

 

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

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

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

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

 

For More Information:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 350-4302

Tennessee Highway Patrol Receives Protective Vests for Canines

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:43pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) today received bullet and stab protective vests for eight canines during a special presentation at the agency’s Training Center in Nashville.  The protective vests were donated by PetArmor® and Vested Interest in K9s.

“Our canines are as valued as our state troopers,” Colonel Tracy Trott said. “We would not have been able to provide our canines with this level of protection without the generous donation from PetArmor and Vested Interest in K9s. We are grateful for their contribution.” 

The canine protective vests cost approximately $950 each. 

The protective vests will benefit the following THP canine teams:

  • Trooper Sherman Lingo and K-9 Rico
  • Trooper Michael Kilpatrick and K-9 Bak
  • Trooper Todd Logan and K-9 CJ
  • Trooper Brad Atkinson and K-9 Charlie
  • Trooper Michael Wilson and K-9 Foster
  • Trooper Michael Loftis and K-9 Euro
  • Trooper Shane Moore and K-9 Rusty
  • Trooper Robert Woody and K-9 Jessie
     

PetArmor, a flea and tick brand of Perrigo Animal Health, is dedicated to protecting canine officers across the nation. In 2013, PetArmor along with Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. — a nonprofit organization that provides bullet and stab protective vests to police organizations nationwide — vested 25 dogs in Florida, Texas and Maryland. This year, PetArmor donated another 25 police dog vests that will benefit canine officers at police departments in Florida, Nevada, Michigan and Tennessee.

For more information about the partnership between PetArmor and Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., visit petarmor.com/vested-interest.

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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I-65 in Williamson County to Close This Weekend for Bridge Work

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:10am

Traffic to Utilize On- & Off-Ramps at Peytonsville Road

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close a short section of Interstate 65 and State Route 248 (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) in Franklin this weekend for bridge construction. During the closures, traffic will use the on- and off-ramps at SR 248. The work is scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, February 7, 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – I-65 southbound (only) and SR 248 bridge over I-65 will be closed.
  • Sunday, February 8, 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – I-65 northbound (only) and SR 248 bridge over I-65 will be closed.

 

This operation will likely create lengthy delays for traffic on I-65. All traffic will be detoured off the interstate at Exit 61 and immediately back onto the interstate using the exit and entrance ramps. The bridge over the interstate will be closed to allow interstate traffic to maintain flow across the ramps. Although the ramps will be accessible, motorists are advised to plan ahead and utilize alternate routes if possible.

Message boards are in place to alert motorists to the road closures. The Tennessee Highway Patrol and TDOT HELP trucks will also be on-site to assist with traffic.

The scheduled closures are weather dependent.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent work from occurring as scheduled, the time will be adjusted or the work will be rescheduled.

The lane closures are necessary to set steel beams for Phase II of bridge construction. The work is part of a $46 million project that will modify the interchange, widen SR 248, and widen I-65 between SR 840 and SR 248 in Williamson County.

TDOT asks drivers to use caution, reduce 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.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic.  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area. 

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

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Ramp Closure Scheduled for I-24E to I-65N in Davidson County

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 3:00pm

Ramp to Remain Closed through Construction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close the ramp from Interstate 24 eastbound (Exit 44B) to Interstate 65 northbound, north of Nashville, for construction.

Weather permitting, the ramp will close on Thursday, February 5, at 8:00 p.m. The ramp will remain closed through October 2015.

During the closure, all traffic will be detoured. Motorists traveling I-24 eastbound will be advised to take Exit 43 to SR 155 (Briley Parkway) eastbound to I-65 northbound. Drivers may also take Exit 40 to SR 45 (Old Hickory Boulevard) to I-65 northbound. A map of the detour is attached. Message boards are in place to alert motorists to the ramp closure.

The long-term closure will allow crews to work on the inside lanes of I-65 northbound near the split. Due to the location of the ramp, it is not possible to maintain a lane of travel while work is underway.

This is part of the final stages of the widening project that will expand I-65 from six to ten lanes, from Trinity Lane to Dickerson Pike. The $50 million project is expected to be finished in October 2015.

TDOT asks drivers to use caution, reduce 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.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic.  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area. 

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

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

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Department of Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Names David McGriff Chief of Staff

TN.gov Safety - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 1:49pm

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons today announced the appointment of David McGriff as his chief of staff. McGriff, who served as interim Deputy Commissioner in early 2011, will begin his new role effective immediately.

“David brings a wealth of state government and law enforcement experience to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Since 2011, he has been a trusted member of my staff twice on an interim basis, and I am pleased that he has agreed to join the department full-time,” Commissioner Gibbons said. “His leadership skills, hands-on approach and counsel will be invaluable as we continue to ensure the safety and security of Tennessee,” he added.

McGriff also served as a consultant to the department from July 2013 to March 2014. During that time, he evaluated and provided recommendations for processes in the state’s driver services centers.   

As chief of staff, McGriff will act as top advisor to Commissioner Gibbons. He will oversee the day-to-day operations in the department and work closely with the assistant commissioners of the Administrative Division, Driver Services Division and Office of Homeland Security, as well as the colonel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.   

McGriff comes to the department after having spent six-plus years as the Director of the West Tennessee Drug Task Force (WTDTF), as well as the Chief Criminal Investigator for the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director for the West TN Drug Task Force from 2001 to 2007.  McGriff also worked as a task force supervisor for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and criminal investigator for the District Attorney General for the 30th Judicial District. 

McGriff began his law enforcement career as a police officer for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia in 1969. He joined the Memphis Police Department as an officer in 1974.

A 44-year veteran law enforcement official, McGriff is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and member of the FBI National Academy Association and Metropolitan Area Chiefs of Police Association.

McGriff also served in the United States Marine Corps. 

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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