I-24 in Montgomery County to Close for Weekend Bridge Work

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:57pm

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

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close a short section of Interstate 24 and State Route 237 (Rossview Road) in Clarksville to prepare for bridge removal. During the closures, traffic will use the on- and off-ramps at SR 237. The work is scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, April 17, 8:00 p.m. through Monday, April 20, 5:00 a.m. – I-24 westbound (only) and SR 237 bridge over I-24 will be closed.
  • Friday, May 15, 8:00 p.m. through Monday, May 18, 5:00 a.m. – I-24 eastbound (only) and SR 237 bridge over I-24 will be closed.

 

These operations will likely create lengthy delays for traffic on I-24. All traffic will be detoured off the interstate at Exit 8 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.

The Park & Ride facility on Rossview Road will also be closed from Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m. during each of the weekend interstate closures. Motorists returning to the facility after 6 p.m. Friday will be escorted to the lot to retrieve their vehicles.

Message boards are in place to alert motorists to the road closures. 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 access, remove, and contain asbestos from under the bridge. Later this year, the old bridge will be removed and a new bridge will be built. The work is part of a $12.9 million project that will modify the interchange and widen SR 237 in Montgomery County.

TDOT asks drivers to use caution, reduce speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions in work zones across the state. 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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Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure April 16-22, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:55pm

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Nashville Smartway ITS Maintenance at Various Locations

  • Thursday April 16, 8PM-11PM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 westbound at MM 211.7 (I-40/24/65 split), Briley Pkwy (SR 155) westbound at MM 17.2 (Brick Church Pike Exit), and I-24 eastbound at MM 42.4 (Briley Pkwy Exit) in order to perform maintenance on CCTV cameras.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Nashville Smartway ITS Expansion Project at Various Locations

  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24 westbound at MM 42 (between Old Hickory Blvd and Briley Pkwy) to complete camera installation and testing.

 

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

  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 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.
  • Thursday April 16 and Thursday April 16, 9PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 in both directions near MM 77 (between Medical Center Pkwy and Hwy 96) in order to install portable barrier wall and portable impact attenuators.
  • Friday April 17, 8PM through Monday April 20, 5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 eastbound near MM 77 (between Medical Center Pkwy and Hwy 96) in order to work on overhead sign structure footing.
  • Friday April 17, 8PM through Saturday April 18, 12PM, There will be a double lane closure on I-24 westbound MM 77 (between Medical Center Pkwy and Hwy 96) in order to excavate for overhead sign structure footing.

 

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

  • Saturday April 18, 3AM, through Monday April 20, 6AM, There will be a lane closure on the ramp from I-40 East to I-440 East AND there will be a ramp closure from I-40 West to I-440 East for concrete repair.

 

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

  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday, April 22, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24, including on-ramps, from the Davidson County line to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) for HOV sign installation.
  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday, April 22, 8PM-6AM, (excluding weekend), There will be a lane closure on I-24 in both directions, from Briley Pkwy (SR 155) to Old Hickory Blvd (SR 171), to remove overhead HOV signage and install median barrier wall HOV signage with saddle mounts.
  • Saturday April 18, 7AM-5PM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 in both directions, from Briley Pkwy (SR 155) to Old Hickory Blvd (SR 171), to remove overhead HOV signage and install median barrier wall HOV signage with saddle mounts. Three lanes will remain open.

 

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

  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

MAURY COUNTY, Construction of Media Crossover on I-65

  • Monday April 20 Through Wednesday April 22, 9AM-2PM, There will lane closures on I-65 southbound at MM 50.9 in order to construct median crossover. (weather dependent)

 

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

  • Friday April 17, 8PM through Monday April 20, 5AM, I-24 westbound will closed at MM 8.0 for bridge construction.  Traffic will be detoured utilizing the on- and off-ramps at SR 237 (Rossview Road).

 

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

  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday, April 22, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-65 southbound from MM 103 to MM 106 and northbound from MM 101 to MM 102 for trenching and conduit installation.

 

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

  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 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.

 

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

  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 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 April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 1 PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions between MM 61 and MM 63 for blasting.
  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 9AM-3PM, There will be periodic lane closures on Goose Creek Bypass to prepare for sidewalk placement behind the curb. Flaggers will be utilized.
  • Tuesday April 21, 8PM to 12AM, (weather permitting), There will be a rolling lane closure on I-65 southbound to replace the missing raised pavement markers and on the I-65 ramps to restripe the edge line.

 

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

  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on SR 840 from MM 28.7 to MM 31.3 for trenching and conduit installation.

 

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

  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 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 April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 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 April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 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 April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 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 April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for sweeping operations. This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday, April 22, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-24 in both directions, between MM 32.0 (Cheatham-Davidson County line) and MM 40.5 (SR 45/ Old Hickory Blvd) for milling and paving. One lane will remain open.
  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday, April 22, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-40 eastbound between MM 201 (US 70/Charlotte Pike) and MM 204 (SR 155/Briley Parkway) for milling and paving. One lane will remain open.
  • Wednesday April 22, 8PM-3AM, There will be a lane closure on I-440 eastbound, between West End Ave and Hillsboro Road, for concrete repair.

 

Rutherford County

  • Monday April 20 through Wednesday, April 22, 9AM-3PM, There will be an inside shoulder closure on I-24 in both directions between MM 81.9 and MM 82.1 (near US 231/SR 10/Shelbyville Hwy) for median wall repair.

 

Williamson County

  • Wednesday April 29 and Thursday April 30 , 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 96 westbound, near the intersection of Royal Oaks Blvd, in order to install a new curb inlet drain for stormwater.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • From now through Wednesday April 15, 9AM -3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 24 (Charlotte Ave) at 38th Ave N in order for Metro Water Services to access a manhole and perform sewer maintenance.
  • From now through Thursday April 16, 7PM–6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 11 (Nolensville Rd) south of the intersection of McClellan Street in order for Piedmont Gas to remove a 4” leaking valve and replace 40’ of 4” steel pipe in the sidewalk.
  • Thursday April 16 through Wednesday April 22, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) northbound, from 32nd Street to 30th Street in the city of Lakewood, in order for SBW Constructors to install new storm drain pipe.
  • Sunday April 19, 6AM–9AM, There will be two rolling stop blocks on I-40 at MM 210.7 (near I-40/24 split and University Court) in order for XO Communications to perform an aerial crossover of a fiber strand.
  • Sunday April 19 through Wednesday April 22, 7PM–6AM, There will be lane closure at the intersection of SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) and US 70 (SR 24/Lebanon Road) in order for Piedmont Gas to open-cut into the roadway to repair a leaking valve.
  • Monday April 20 through Friday April 24, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane closure on SR 24 (Charlotte Pike) at the intersection of 11th Ave North in order for NES to replace one pole transfer conductors.
  • Tuesday April 21 through Thursday April 23, 7PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 45 (Old Hickory Blvd) westbound in order for Piedmont Gas to retire service at 4202 Old Hickory Blvd.

 

Miscellaneous Non-TDOT Projects

HCA

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

 

Metro Public Works

  • Thursday April 16, 9PM-6AM, The northbound lanes of 1st Avenue South (US 70/ SR 24), between Korean Veterans Blvd and Demonbreun Street, will be closed for repaving and signal work. All northbound traffic will be detoured. Officers will be utilized during rush hours.

 

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

(615) 454-8042

Tennessee Highway Patrol Interdiction West Team Makes Significant Drug Bust in Coffee County

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:09pm

NASHVILLE--- Members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s (THP) West Bureau Interdiction Plus team discovered approximately one and a half pounds of crystal methamphetamine on a routine traffic stop on Wednesday morning in Coffee County.

Trooper Jeremy Miller initiated a traffic stop on a 2008 Honda Accord for speeding in a construction zone near mile marker 124 on Interstate 24 westbound at approximately 10:36 a.m. on Wednesday. Upon the trooper’s introduction and explanation of the stop, the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, explained she was traveling from Atlanta, Ga. to Louisville, Ky.  

During their conversation, Trooper Miller noticed marijuana residue on the floor mat on the passenger side of the vehicle. The investigating trooper asked the driver to exit the vehicle, when she began to roll up the windows and lock the doors. She also attempted to call someone on her cell phone.  However, after additional dialogue with the trooper, the driver exited the vehicle without incident.  

Trooper Miller then requested THP Sgt. Wayne Dunkleman and his drug detector canine “Dolce” to respond to the scene to assist. During the deployment of K-9 Dolce, the driver of the vehicle became nervous and agitated. The K-9 eventually gave a positive alert to drugs on the vehicle.

The troopers uncovered a box of diapers in the back seat and found that the box flaps had been glued down and taped. A search of the diapers revealed approximately one and a half pounds of crystal methamphetamine (ICE) within two sleeves of pampers.   

Ashton Jones, 27, of Atlanta, Ga., was arrested and charged with possession of schedule II drugs with intent to sell and deliver, simple possession of schedule VI drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding. She was taken to the Coffee County Jail.

“Trooper Miller did an extraordinary job of looking beyond the citation and locating a large quantity of methamphetamine that would otherwise may have been put back on the street. I’m proud that our troopers are going above and beyond to keep Tennessee safe,” THP Colonel Trott said.

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

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

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TDOT HELP Trucks Heading to Bristol on April 18-19

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:14am

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will be sending special “HELP” to the Tri-Cities this weekend to assist with the heavy traffic expected in conjunction with NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19.

Four lime-yellow HELP trucks from Knoxville will patrol the area on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day. They will assist with any incidents that may occur in an effort to keep traffic moving.  The trucks are four-wheel drive and equipped with push bumpers, top-mounted arrow boards, emergency work lights, air compressors, and other tools.  Operators can perform a variety of functions from clearing a stalled car off the roadway to changing a flat tire.

Knoxville’s HELP truck operators respond to approximately 25,000 incidents per year.  In addition to Knoxville, TDOT has HELP truck programs in Chattanooga, Nashville and Memphis.

Other traffic control measures being taken by TDOT on April 18 and 19 include:

• TDOT maintenance units will be posted throughout the region to assist with any other issues that may arise for motorists.

• TDOT will provide portable message signs to warn drivers of any possible delays.

• TDOT will suspend lane closures on construction projects that affect race traffic in East Tennessee from Saturday, April 18 until Monday, April 20.


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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Tennessee Highway Patrol Arrests Two Texas Men on Felony Drug Charges

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 8:56am

NASHVILLE--- Trooper Joseph Williams of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Cookeville District initiated a traffic stop that led to the discovery of approximately 4.4 pounds of cocaine and the arrest of two Texas men on felony drug charges in Clay County on Tuesday. Trooper Mark Mahan also assisted.

Trooper Williams was patrolling on Highway 135 northbound at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, when he observed a black 1997 Chevrolet Silverado that matched a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) description of a vehicle that was possibly engaged in criminal activity.  The investigating trooper observed the alleged suspect vehicle cross the double center line and enter into the southbound lane of Highway 135.  Trooper Williams then initiated a traffic stop for failure to maintain lane of travel.

The vehicle was occupied by two males, who exhibited nervous and suspicious behavior from the onset. After further questioning, the trooper requested and received consent to search the vehicle. Due to the location of the initial traffic stop, the vehicle was moved to a nearby state facility to conduct the search. 

A member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol/Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Task Force responded to the scene with his K-9 to assist. The K-9 immediately gave a positive alert for drugs on the vehicle. 

The troopers then discovered approximately 4.4 pounds of cocaine under the hood of the vehicle hidden within the engine compartment. 

The driver Roberto Jimenez, 34, of Dallas, Tex., and passenger Eladio Delasancha, 60, Mesquite, Tex., were both arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II drugs with intent to sell or distribute. Jimenex was also charged with driving without a license and failure to maintain lane of travel. Both men were transported to the Clay County Jail. 

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

This investigation was initiated based on information-sharing from federal, state and local partners including the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and members of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

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

TDOT Announces Fast Fix 8 Project for I-40 in Downtown Nashville

TN.gov Transportation - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:42am

Expedited Work will Replace Eight Bridges during 13 Weekend Closures

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner announced today a major bridge rehabilitation project along Interstate 40 in downtown Nashville. The “Fast Fix 8” project will use accelerated construction to replace eight bridges located on the west side of the south loop. The project will require 13 weekend closures of this stretch of I-40 between June 2015 and June 2016.

Built in 1968, the twin eastbound and westbound bridges that cross over Herman Street, Clinton Street, Jo Johnston Avenue, and Charlotte Avenue show advanced signs of deterioration and require near constant maintenance.

“These bridges are prime examples of aging infrastructure, and they are long overdue for major work,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “By using accelerated construction methods, we will greatly reduce the time a project like this would normally take and will ensure these bridges can continue safely carrying the some 140,000 vehicles that use this stretch of I-40 each day.”

The rehabilitation project will reconstruct the eight bridges using an innovative process known as Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). ABC speeds up construction and repair of highways and bridges by allowing short-term, total road or bridge closures to allow crews the space to do their jobs and the ability to work around the clock. This dramatically reduces the time to complete a project and the long-term inconvenience to motorists.

The Fast Fix 8 Project will require 13 weekend closures of I-40 between the I-65 split on the west side of downtown to the I-65 split on the south side of downtown. This is the area commonly referred to as the “South Loop.” During the interstate closures, all traffic will be detoured to the north and east of downtown. (See primary detour route below.) I-40 West traffic only will be able to exit at Demonbreun Street.

TDOT will provide as much advance notice as possible prior to every closure; however, much of the work is weather dependent. Final decisions will likely be made 2-3 days prior to a weekend closure. 

Project information, including detour maps, will be available online at www.tn.gov/tdot/fastfix8/.

NOTE: Video, maps, and aerial bridge photos are available to the media and can be found here:

https://youtu.be/5CSd-Tv9aWk

**Any use of these materials for broadcast or publication must courtesy TDOT.

The Fast Fix 8 Project was awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure Group for nearly $62 million and is expected to be complete by April 2016.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Names New Captain Over Chattanooga District

TN.gov Safety - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:23am

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott today announced Jeff Mosley as the new captain of the agency’s Chattanooga District, effective immediately. Mosley replaced Captain Jessie Brooks, who last month was appointed to lead the THP Knoxville District after a retirement left a vacancy.

“We’ve had our eyes on Jeff for a while now. He has proven himself as an up-and-coming leader in our organization, and we’ve now given him the opportunity to produce positive results in the Chattanooga District,” Colonel Trott said.

Prior to his promotion, Mosley had worked as a road lieutenant in Coffee County since 2009. During that time, he assisted with the organization and allocation of manpower for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which brings over 80,000 motorists to the area annually.  Mosley also served one year terms as THP Special Programs Lieutenant (2008-09) and Homeland Security/Wrecker Lieutenant (2007-08) in the 12-county Chattanooga District. He was responsible for teaching safety education programs and conducting defensive driving school and handgun school inspections, as well as inspecting all wreckers throughout the area.

Mosley became a state trooper in 1987. His first assignment was as a road trooper in Giles County until 1992. He also worked in White and Van Buren Counties in THP’s Cookeville District until he earned his first promotion to sergeant in Warren County in 1998.

Mosley is certified in advanced traffic crash investigation, criminal drug patrol, and as a DUI Instructor. He also graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2005.

The new THP Chattanooga District Captain began his career with the state of Tennessee as a Correctional Officer with the Department of Corrections in 1983.

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

TDOT's 100-Year Mobile Exhibit at Tennessee State Museum

TN.gov Transportation - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:36am

A Century of Transportation History

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Centennial Celebration mobile transportation museum exhibit is now being showcased at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.

Those interested in viewing 100 years of transportation history should make plans to visit the state museum before May 1, 2015. The exhibit features historical documents, roadway design plans, books, and equipment used by TDOT employees decades ago. In May, the mobile exhibit will continue its journey along Tennessee’s first road, SR-1, where its next stop will be in Crossville, Tennessee. The mobile exhibit tour will run through June 2015.

TDOT turns 100 on July 1, 2015, and our Centennial Celebration plans have been a year in the making. Plans include the release of a special edition transportation history book and burying a time capsule at the Bicentennial Mall to be unearthed July 1, 2115.

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 State Trooper Arrests Hip-Hop Artist "Nelly" in Putnam County

TN.gov Safety - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 7:06pm

NASHVILLE --- A Tennessee state trooper arrested internationally known hip-hop artist "Nelly" on felony drug charges in Putnam County on Saturday morning. 

Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

At approximately 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, Trooper Michael Loftis stopped a Prevost motor coach bus on Interstate 40 near the 275 mile marker for failure to display a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) sticker on the vehicle. The investigating trooper planned to conduct an inspection on the bus when he noticed an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. 

Trooper Loftis, assisted by THP Sgt. Donald Jennings, then conducted a probable cause search of the bus. The troopers discovered in the sleeper area a plastic bag that contained five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Further investigation revealed approximately 100 small Ziploc bags that are commonly associated with the sale of narcotics and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Tarus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson. 

The bus was occupied by six subjects, one of whom was identified as Brian Jones, 44, of St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Jones, a convicted felon, was also in possession of a handgun and was charged accordingly.

Nelly, 40, also of St. Louis, Missouri and Jones, who were traveling to St. Louis when the traffic stop occurred, were transported to the Putnam County Jail. 

The weapons and drugs were seized in accordance with state law. 

Booking photos may be obtained from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

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

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Receives Donation from Nashville K-9

TN.gov Safety - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:28pm

NASHVILLE---The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) recently received a donation of two dogs from Nashville K-9, LLC., to help state troopers ensure the safety and security of citizens across the state.

State troopers were gifted with a Dutch Shepherd named “Duke” and a German Shepherd named “Pito” at no cost to tax payers. The estimated value of both dogs is approximately $18,000.

The two K-9’s will be assigned to a THP handler then the teams will undergo 10 weeks of training, specifically in drug detection. Sgt. Karen Douglas, who oversees the Highway Patrol’s K-9 training, states that the curriculum will focus on the scent detection of cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin and marijuana. The dogs are taught passive response and indicate they have found drugs by sitting.   

The THP currently has 34 certified K-9 teams working across Tennessee. There are 21 drug dogs, four of which are trained in drug and patrol, 10 explosive detectors, two tracking and one cadaver canine.

K-9’s “Duke” and “Pito” will add to the Highway Patrol’s drug team.      

Nashville K-9, a dog training company, donates one to two dogs each year to a different Tennessee law enforcement agency. Visit www.nashvilleK9.com for more information on the organization. 

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

Governor and Commissioner Release Transportation Improvement Plan for 2016-2018

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 10:55am

Program Reflects Continued Federal Funding Uncertainty

 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer today released the three year transportation program, featuring approximately $1.2 billion in infrastructure investments for 39 individual project phases in 32 counties, as well as 15 statewide programs.

The 2016 building program consists of only two new projects. The rest of the projects listed are projects from the 2015 building program that were delayed due to continued uncertainty of the future of the Federal Highway Trust Fund. In addition to the 2016 budgeted program, partial plans for 2017 and 2018 are included. The 2nd and 3rd year of the program are unchanged from last year’s 2nd and 3rd years.

The current federal transportation funding bill expires May 31, 2015. If a new bill is not passed by Congress, TDOT could lose funding for the remaining four months of the current fiscal year. This is the same situation that forced the department to delay dozens of projects over the last year.

“TDOT is continuing its long held ‘pay-as-you-go’ philosophy, and this three-year plan reflects our state’s ongoing commitment to remain debt free on our roads,” Haslam said. “The department’s conservative approach also ensures that projects already under construction won’t be negatively impacted by decisions out of Washington.”

The two projects added to the 2016 building program include the paving to complete the construction of SR 66 in Hamblen County and funds for Right of Way acquisition for a section of SR 13 in Montgomery County for improvements related to the future Hankook Tire Company manufacturing facility.  TDOT will invest more than $680 million in resurfacing and bridge repair and replacement projects over the next three years.

“At this critical juncture in federal transportation funding, TDOT’s priority must be maintaining our existing pavement and bridges rather than new projects,” Schroer said. “We must also prepare for the reality of possible continued delays to the projects in our building program.”

The program includes dedicated funding for 15 transportation programs including Rockfall Mitigation, Spot Safety Improvement, the statewide HELP Program and the second year of the State Route Multimodal Access Initiative, which enhances connections between modes, such as sidewalks and park-and-ride facilities at key locations along state routes. The program also provides funding for transit agencies, Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations and private non-profit organizations in all 95 counties in Tennessee.

Please see the attached list of highlighted projects in each of TDOT’s four regions. To view a complete list of projects and programs funded through the 2016-2018 three-year multimodal program visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/documents/ThreeYearProgram-TDOT-2016-2018.pdf.    For more information about transportation funding, please visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/funding.shtml.

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Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure April 9-15, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:58pm

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Nashville Smartway ITS Expansion Project at Various Locations

  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24 westbound at MM 42 (between Old Hickory Blvd and Briley Pkwy) to complete camera installation and testing.

 

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

  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 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.
  • Thursday April 9 , 9PM-6AM AND Wednesday April 15 through Thursday April 16, 9PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 in both directions near MM 77 (between Medical Center Pkwy and Hwy 96) in order to install portable barrier wall and portable impact attenuators.

 

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

  • Monday April 13 through Wednesday April 15, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on the ramp from I-40 East to I-440 East AND there will be a ramp closure from I-40 West to I-440 East so that sawing for concrete repair may be done.

 

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

  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-24, including on-ramps, from the Davidson County line to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) for HOV sign installation.
  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 8PM-6AM, (excluding weekend), There will be a lane closure on I-24 in both directions, from Briley Pkwy (SR 155) to Old Hickory Blvd (SR 171), to remove overhead HOV signage and install median barrier wall HOV signage with saddle mounts.
  • Saturday April 11 and Sunday April 12, 7AM-5PM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 in both directions, from Briley Pkwy (SR 155) to Old Hickory Blvd (SR 171), to remove overhead HOV signage and install median barrier wall HOV signage with saddle mounts. Three lanes will remain open.

 

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

  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 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 April 11, 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.

 

ROBERTSON AND SUMNER COUNTIES, OGFC Pavement Repair from South of Honey Run Creek to North of Highland Road

  • Saturday April 11 and Sunday April 12, 6AM-6PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-65 northbound, from MM 112 to MM 119, for full-depth pavement repair.

 

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

  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on I-65 southbound from MM 103 to MM 106 and northbound from MM 103 to MM 104 for trenching and conduit installation.

 

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

  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 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.

 

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

  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 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 April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 1 PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions between MM 61 and MM 63 for blasting.

 

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

  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on SR 840 from MM 28.7 to MM 31.3 for trenching and conduit installation.

 

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

  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 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 April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 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 April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 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 April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 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 April 9 through Wednesday April 15, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for sweeping operations. This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday, April 15, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-24 in both directions, between MM 32.0 (Cheatham-Davidson County line) and MM 40.5 (SR 45/ Old Hickory Blvd) for milling and paving. One lane will remain open.
  • Thursday April 9 through Wednesday, April 15, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-40 eastbound between MM 201 (US 70/Charlotte Pike) and MM 204 (SR 155/Briley Parkway) for milling and paving. One lane will remain open.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • Tuesday April 14 through Wednesday April 15, 9AM -3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 24 (Charlotte Ave) at 38th Ave N in order for Metro Water Services to access a manhole and perform sewer maintenance.
  • Monday April 13 through Tuesday April 14, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 254 (Old Hickory Blvd) westbound at Chickering Meadow Drive in order for Metro Water Services to access a manhole and perform sewer maintenance.
  • Tuesday April 14 through Thursday April 16, 7PM–6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 11 (Nolensville Rd) south of the intersection of McClellan Street in order for Piedmont Gas to remove a 4” leaking valve and replace 40’ of 4” steel pipe in the sidewalk.

 

Miscellaneous Non-TDOT Projects

HCA

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

 

Metro Public Works

  • Wednesday April 8 through Saturday April 18, The northbound lanes of 1st Avenue South (US 70/ SR 24), between Korean Veterans Blvd and Demonbreun Street, will be closed for repaving and signal work. All northbound traffic will be detoured. Officers will be utilized during rush hours.

 

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

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

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

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 350-4302

Tennessee Highway Patrol Utilizes Aviation to Locate Domestic Assault Suspect in Henderson County

TN.gov Safety - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:07pm

NASHVILLE--- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Aviation Unit helped locate a suspect involved in an alleged domestic dispute in Henderson County during the early morning hours on Wednesday.

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office requested aerial support in search of a 35-year old white male, who allegedly assaulted his wife with a rifle before fleeing her residence. A THP K-9 unit and several Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputies initiated a ground search that led them to the suspect’s truck along the edge of a large field behind the residence.

By this time, a THP pilot, along with his F.L.I.R. operator, began an aerial search of the suspect. (F.L.I.R. is a Forward-Looking Infra-Red that detects infrared energy (heat) and produces a thermal image.) They located a target near the position of where the K-9 lost track, and advised ground units of the possible location of the suspect.

Once the ground units approached the area, the Highway Patrol K-9 handler released his dog in case the suspect was still armed. The suspect, Jeremy McGill, 35, was then taken into custody without incident.   

The search took place at approximately 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday. The aviation troopers located the suspect and led units to his location in just under an hour.

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

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

Say "Thumbs Down" to Texting & Driving during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

TN.gov Safety - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:44am

Tennessee – April is designated as national Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and representatives from Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated joined today to share a unified message: Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving.

Among those speaking at the press event included Larissa Redmond, whose fiancé Clifton was killed by a distracted driver in 2012. "After making the decision to donate his organs, we met with the police,” said Larissa. “They explained that the young lady who hit Clifton had cut across five lanes of traffic and hit his car head on. The force of that crash turned his car around and he was hit again by a daycare bus driver.  The young lady was texting, the bus driver was talking on the phone, and my Clifton was dead. Of all the questions I have about that day, the question of “Why?” still reigns supreme."

Following Clifton’s death, Redmond founded the Collegiate Life Investment Foundation to educate the high school and collegiate population about the dangers of distracted driving.

“It is our job to impact the behavioral side of traffic safety in Tennessee,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “We are excited to announce our new campaign – Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving. We will be doing radio PSAs, online advertisements and a large social media push throughout the month of April to increase education and awareness throughout the state. For drivers to make good decisions, they need to be informed about the dangers of bad decisions.”

The Tennessee Department of Transportation conducted a distracted driving pledge sign-up with its employees during the event. “Distracted driving is an epidemic that affects all age groups,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer. “Research shows that it is impossible for the brain to multitask. If you are texting, if you are eating, if you are entering an address into your GPS, you aren’t doing the one thing we need you to be doing: driving safely.”

Grant Kerr, Risk Control Manager for Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, attended the event to announce their company’s involvement in the campaign. “Our employees are our family, and so many of them spend the majority of their time on the road. We reached out to the Governor’s Highway Safety Office a few months ago to discuss different ways we could communicate safety messages. This is the first of many campaigns we will be taking part in to increase the safety of our staff.”

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Say "Thumbs Down" to Texting & Driving during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

TN.gov Transportation - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:44am

Tennessee – April is designated as national Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and representatives from Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated joined today to share a unified message: Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving.

Among those speaking at the press event included Larissa Redmond, whose fiancé Clifton was killed by a distracted driver in 2012. "After making the decision to donate his organs, we met with the police,” said Larissa. “They explained that the young lady who hit Clifton had cut across five lanes of traffic and hit his car head on. The force of that crash turned his car around and he was hit again by a daycare bus driver.  The young lady was texting, the bus driver was talking on the phone, and my Clifton was dead. Of all the questions I have about that day, the question of “Why?” still reigns supreme."

Following Clifton’s death, Redmond founded the Collegiate Life Investment Foundation to educate the high school and collegiate population about the dangers of distracted driving.

“It is our job to impact the behavioral side of traffic safety in Tennessee,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “We are excited to announce our new campaign – Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving. We will be doing radio PSAs, online advertisements and a large social media push throughout the month of April to increase education and awareness throughout the state. For drivers to make good decisions, they need to be informed about the dangers of bad decisions.”

The Tennessee Department of Transportation conducted a distracted driving pledge sign-up with its employees during the event. “Distracted driving is an epidemic that affects all age groups,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer. “Research shows that it is impossible for the brain to multitask. If you are texting, if you are eating, if you are entering an address into your GPS, you aren’t doing the one thing we need you to be doing: driving safely.”

Grant Kerr, Risk Control Manager for Coca Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, attended the event to announce their company’s involvement in the campaign. “Our employees are our family, and so many of them spend the majority of their time on the road. We reached out to the Governor’s Highway Safety Office a few months ago to discuss different ways we could communicate safety messages. This is the first of many campaigns we will be taking part in to increase the safety of our staff.”

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Accepting Applications for Free Youth and Junior Trooper Academies

TN.gov Safety - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 9:17am

NASHVILLE –- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is now accepting applications for its youth and junior trooper academies in Nashville this summer.  As part of the THP’s community service initiatives, this is the second year the agency has hosted free trooper academies for youth.

There are two separate camps that will be held at the THP Training Center this summer. The agency’s junior trooper school, a day camp for children grades 6-8, will take place June 22-26. The youth academy is an overnight camp for students in grades 9-12 that begins on July 6 and concludes on July 10. The camps are open to boys and girls.  

“This is a program designed for kids who may have an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. We teach them about every aspect of being a Tennessee state trooper. It’s challenging, but we also have some fun along the way,” Colonel Tracy Trott said.

Youth and junior cadets will be taught trooper values, specifically, respect, discipline and integrity, and will enjoy recreational activities that include team building exercises, physical fitness and training.  

All cadets will be involved in a community service project for Second Harvest Food Bank and will collect infant items for several rural hospitals in Tennessee.

Applications are available on the department website at www.tn.gov/safety and should be submitted via e-mail to email.safety@tn.gov. All applications must be received by May 1, 2015 for consideration.

Acceptance letters will be mailed on May 15, 2015.

Please contact the department through e-mail at email.safety@tn.gov for any questions.  

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

THP Interdiction Trooper Discovers Large Quantity of Prescription Pills on Traffic Stop; Arrests Ohio Woman on Felony Drug Charges

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:57pm

NASHVILLE--- Trooper Jonathan Scott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s East Bureau Interdiction Plus team initiated a traffic stop that led to the discovery of approximately 600 prescription pills and the arrest of an Ohio woman on felony drug charges in Knox County on Wednesday.

Trooper Scott stopped a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee for a traffic violation on Interstate 75 southbound in Knox County at approximately 2:12 p.m. on Wednesday. The vehicle was occupied by a male driver and female passenger, who shared conflicting stories regarding their travel destinations.

Further questioning raised the suspicions of the investigating trooper, and he requested and received consent to search the vehicle.  THP Interdiction Plus Sergeant Greg Roberts arrived on the scene to assist.

The troopers then found throughout the vehicle a total of approximately 600 prescription pills in the passenger’s name, multiple identification cards from different states and medical documentation from doctor’s offices and emergency rooms from various states. Trooper Scott also discovered a bottle of urine commonly used to falsify a drug screen under the passenger’s seat.    

Charlene Smith, 48, of Pleasant Plain, Oh., the passenger and owner of the vehicle, was arrested and charged with felony possession of schedule II drugs with the intent to sell and deliver and felony possession of schedule IV drugs with the intent to sell and deliver. Smith was also found to have had 13 Oxycodone and two Xanax pills, neither prescribed to her, on her person. 

She was transported to the Knox County jail without incident.

The driver, of Hoskinson, Ky., was issued a warning for traffic violations and released to continue his travels.

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

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

TDOT Halts Interstate Construction for Easter Holiday Travel

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:55am

Motorists Urged to Obey Work Zone Speed Limits Despite Suspension of Construction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.

TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 2 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 6 at 6:00 a.m.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place.  While lane closure activity will be stopped, some workers may be on-site in construction zones and reduced speed limits will still be in effect.  Motorists are urged to adhere to all posted speed limits, especially in work zones, for their own safety.  Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest traffic information 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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Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure April 2-8, 2015

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:35am

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

  • Monday April 6, 8PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 eastbound at MM 50 (Silliman Evans Bridge) to set barrier rail on inside lanes.

Look Ahead:

  • Friday April 10, 8PM through Monday April 13, 5AM, There will be two lanes closed on I-24 eastbound at MM 50 (Silliman Evans Bridge) for repair work. Two lanes will remain open.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Nashville Smartway ITS Expansion Project at Various Locations

  • Thursday April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 9AM-3PM, (excluding holiday weekend), There will be a shoulder closure on I-24 westbound at MM 42 (between Old Hickory Blvd and Briley Pkwy) to complete camera installation and testing.

 

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

  • Monday April 6 through Wednesday April 8, 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 April 8 through Thursday April 9, 9PM- 6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 in both directions near MM 77 (between Medical Center Pkwy and Hwy 96) in order to install portable barrier wall and portable impact attenuators.

 

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

  • Monday April 6 through Wednesday April 8, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on the ramp from I-40 East to I-440 East AND the ramp from I-40 West to I-440 East will be closed so that sawing for concrete repair may be done.

 

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

  • Thursday April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 9AM-3PM, (excluding holiday weekend), There will be a shoulder closure on I-24, including on-ramps, from the Davidson County line to SR 231 (Shelbyville Hwy) for HOV sign installation.
  • Monday April 6 through Wednesday April 8, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-24 in both directions, from Briley Pkwy (SR 155) to Old Hickory Blvd (SR 171), to remove overhead HOV signage and install median barrier wall HOV signage with saddle mounts.

 

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

  • Thursday April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 7AM-5PM, (excluding holiday weekend), There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

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

  • Thursday April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 9AM-3PM, (excluding holiday weekend), There will be a shoulder closure on I-65 southbound from MM 105 to MM 109 and northbound from MM 107.8 to MM 108.2 for trenching and conduit installation.

 

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

  • Monday April 6 through Wednesday April 8, 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.

 

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

  • Thursday April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 9AM-3PM, (excluding holiday weekend), 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 April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 1 PM, (excluding holiday weekend), There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions between MM 61 and MM 63 for blasting.
  • Thursday April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 9AM-3PM, (excluding holiday weekend), There will be periodic lane closures on SR 248 (Goose Creek Bypass) to prepare for sidewalk placement. Flaggers will be utilized.

 

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

  • Thursday April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 9AM-3PM, (excluding holiday weekend), There will be a shoulder closure on SR 840 from MM 28.7 to MM 31.3 for trenching and conduit installation.

 

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

  • Thursday April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 9AM-3PM, (excluding holiday weekend), 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 April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 8PM-5AM, (excluding holiday weekend),  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 April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 9AM-3PM, (excluding holiday weekend), 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 April 2 through Wednesday April 8, 9AM-3PM, (excluding holiday weekend),  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 April 2 and Monday April 6 through Wednesday, April 8, 8PM-5AM There will be mobile operations in various locations for sweeping operations. This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Monday April 6 through Wednesday, April 8, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-24 in both directions, between MM 32.0 (Cheatham-Davidson County line) and MM 40.5 (SR 45/ Old Hickory Blvd) for milling and paving. One lane will remain open.
  • Monday April 6 through Wednesday, April 8, 9AM-3PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-40 eastbound between MM 201 (US 70/Charlotte Pike) and MM 204 (SR 155/Briley Parkway) for milling and paving. One lane will remain open.
  • Wednesday April 8, 8PM-6AM, There will be lane closures on I-40 in both directions, between 8th Avenue South and 12th Avenue South, so that concrete barrier wall may be set. Three lanes will remain open in each direction.

 

Giles County

  • Wednesday April 8, 8AM-12PM, There will be alternating lane closures on I-65 northbound at MM 3.95 on Elk River Bridge so that survey work can be done.

 

Marshall County

  • Monday April 6, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on N Ellington Pkwy (US 431/SR 50/SR 106), between SR 417 (W Ellington Pkwy) and N 5th Avenue, for asbestos testing and evaluation of the existing bridge structure. One lane will be open. Flaggers will be utilized.

 

Maury County

  • Monday April 6 Through Wednesday April 8, 9AM-2PM, There will lane closures on I-65 in both directions at MM 50.9 for construction of a median crossover. Northbound lane closures will not begin until 9AM and southbound lane closures will end by 2PM.

 

Miscellaneous Non-TDOT Projects

HCA

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

 

Metro Public Works

  • Wednesday April 1 through Saturday April 18, The northbound lanes of 1st Avenue South (US 70/ SR 24), between Korean Veterans Blvd and Demonbreun Street, will be closed for repaving and signal work. All northbound traffic will be detoured. Officers will be utilized during rush hours.

 

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

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

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

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 350-4302

Tennessee Highway Patrol Arrests Two on Drug Charges in Coffee County

TN.gov Safety - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:19pm

NASHVILLE--- A member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s East Bureau Interdiction Plus team arrested two men on drug related charges in Coffee County last Friday, March 27.

Driver Osman Mohamed, 40, of Kansas City, Kan., and passenger Sheikh Abdulqadir, 57, of Kansas City, Mo., were arrested and charged with possession of schedule IV drugs with intent to resale. They were transported to the Coffee County jail. 

While patrolling a stretch of Interstate 24 in Coffee County, Trooper Brent McCawley stopped a Toyota Corolla for littering near the 109 mile marker on the westbound side of the interstate. Upon initial contact, the investigating trooper immediately noticed nervous behavior from the occupants. They supposedly had been to Atlanta after visiting a friend.

After several suspicious indicators, Trooper McCawley requested and received consent to search the vehicle. Trooper McCawley and Trooper Gavin Sullivan, who responded to the scene to assist, then discovered five large boxes in the trunk of the vehicle. The driver stated that the boxes contained tea leaves.  However, after further investigation, the troopers found that the boxes were packed with “KHAT” – a plant-based drug containing hallucinogenic compounds. 

The total weight of the drugs was approximately 11 pounds.

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

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

 

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