I-65 / State Route 248 Bridge Implosion

TN.gov Transportation - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 10:52am

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews imploded a newly built bridge at State Route 248 (Peytonsville Road / Goose Creek Bypass) over I-65 in Williamson County on Saturday, September 20.

Traffic near the interchange was temporarily stopped and kept at a safe distance from the bridge implosion. The interstate is scheduled to remain closed, with limited use of the on- and off-ramps at State Route 248, until Monday morning.

Demolition crews used explosives to bring down the concrete and steel beams of the structure. The bridge was under construction beside an older bridge as part of a larger, ongoing project to widen State Route 248 and I-65. Both bridges were damaged beyond repair by a tanker truck fire last month. ###

 

Tennessee State Trooper Resigns in Lieu of Termination Following Domestic Assault Charge, Internal Investigation

TN.gov Safety - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 5:07pm

NASHVILLE --- Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott announced Friday that a Tennessee state trooper in the Fall Branch District resigned from the department in lieu of termination following an internal investigation into an arrest on domestic assault charges.

The Johnson City Police Department charged Trooper Russel Holtsclaw, 28, with aggravated domestic assault on August 10 following a reported incident at his residence. The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) placed Holtsclaw on administrative leave that same day. The department’s Investigative Services Bureau opened an internal investigation into the incident. All departmental equipment including weapons, badges and commission card were secured pending the investigation.

The department’s internal investigation resulted in the decision to terminate Holtsclaw. However, on Friday Holtsclaw resigned employment in lieu of termination. He has been assigned as a trooper to the Fall Branch District in east Tennessee since joining the department in January 2012.

The criminal case against Holtsclaw is pending.

“Allegations of domestic violence are absolutely not tolerated in the Tennessee Highway Patrol,” Colonel Trott said.  “Regardless of the outcome of the pending criminal case, our investigation concludes that this trooper clearly violated policies of the department and his behavior is unacceptable for anyone who wears the THP badge,” Trott stated.

“We will continue to act quickly to respond to any allegations of domestic assault, conduct thorough investigations, and swiftly discipline employees of this department who commit such acts of violence,” Commissioner Gibbons said. “The actions of this one trooper do not reflect those of the men and women of the Tennessee Highway Patrol,” he added.

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 Interdiction Trooper Discovers Large Amount of Drugs on Traffic Stop in Marion County

TN.gov Safety - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:12pm

NASHVILLE –- A member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s East Bureau Interdiction Plus team initiated a traffic stop on Thursday in Marion County that resulted in the discovery of 60 pounds of marijuana. During the traffic stop, the suspect fled the scene and is still at large at this time.

Trooper Brent McCawley stopped a Lexus ES300 for a traffic violation on Interstate 24 westbound at mile marker 145 at approximately 11:49 p.m. on Thursday night. The male driver was unable to produce a driver’s license upon the trooper’s initial communication, and would not get off his cell phone after repeated requests from the investigating trooper.

After several tries to identify the driver, it was revealed that his license was suspended. Trooper McCawley attempted to arrest the driver for driving on a suspended driver’s license, but the driver ran to his vehicle and fled the scene. Trooper McCawley initiated a brief pursuit of the suspect vehicle until it traveled off the highway at exit 143 and turned onto a dead end street. The suspect then bailed from the vehicle and escaped on foot.   

The trooper requested additional assistance before pursuing the subject on foot. Trooper Michael Kilpatrick and a law enforcement official from Jackson County Alabama arrived on the scene with their canines to track the subject. The trail was lost, however, after approximately 1.5 miles.

Meanwhile, Trooper McCawley searched the suspect vehicle and located a large duffel bag in the trunk. The contents of the duffle bag, included, two vacuum sealed bags, each containing three large bails of marijuana for a total of six bails.  In total, the drugs weighed approximately 60 pounds.

The vehicle has been seized in accordance with state law. 

The investigation is ongoing.  

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

Tennessee State Trooper with West Tennessee Drug Task Force Arrests Man on Drug Charges in Haywood County

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:59pm

NASHVILLE –- A Tennessee State Trooper assigned to the West Tennessee Drug Task Force (WTDTF) arrested a man on drug charges in Haywood County on Wednesday morning.   

Alberto Nava, 55, of Shelbyville, Ky., was taken into custody and charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sale or distribute.  He was transported to the Haywood County Jail.

WTDTF Trooper Todd Yelverton initiated a traffic stop on a Nissan Altima registered out of Kentucky on Interstate 40 eastbound at mile marker 46 for following too close at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The vehicle was only occupied by the driver, Mr. Nava, who exhibited nervous and suspicious behavior upon the trooper’s introduction. Mr. Nava produced his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance and explained that he was traveling home from a trip to California.

Trooper Yelverton proceeded to run a validation check on the driver, while WTDTF Special Agent in Charge Frank Bell arrived on the scene to assist. The investigating trooper was then prompted to request consent to search the vehicle after continuous questionable behavior from the driver. Mr. Nava stated that there were no illegal items in the vehicle and agreed to a search of the car. 

Trooper Yelverton searched the vehicle and found a five gallon bucket of white paint in the trunk. He opened the lid to examine the contents of the bucket and noticed a gray color floating on top. Further investigation revealed the floating matter was a large ball of duct tape that was later revealed as 1.2 pounds of cocaine. The estimated street value of the cocaine is $15,000. 

Mr. Nava was arrested and taken to the Haywood County Jail.

Booking photos may be obtained from the Haywood 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 State Trooper Arrests Atlanta Man on Drug Charges in Bradley County

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:57pm

NASHVILLE –- Trooper Baron Cooper of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s West Bureau Interdiction Plus team arrested an Atlanta man on drug charges in Bradley County on Wednesday afternoon. The suspect had a 20-page criminal history.

Trooper Cooper stopped a 2014 Infinity for a window tint violation on Interstate 75 northbound at the 32 mile marker at approximately 1:35 p.m. on Wednesday. The state trooper approached the vehicle, where the driver and lone occupant, Tavares Hall, 32, of Atlanta, alleged he was traveling to Knoxville.

Suspicions arose during the initial conversation, and Trooper Cooper asked for and received consent to search the vehicle. He then requested K-9 assistance to respond to the scene. Trooper Michael Kilpatrick arrived and deployed his K-9, which gave a positive response to the presence of drugs on the driver’s seat.

Trooper Cooper then conducted a probable cause search of the suspect. He discovered eight, three ounce vacuum seal bags of cocaine in between the suspect’s thighs. It was later weighed at 1.5 pounds of cocaine, estimated at a value of $24,000.  The suspect also had $1,877 in U.S. currency on his person. Both the drugs and U.S. currency were seized in accordance with state law.  

Hall was arrested and charged with possession of schedule II drugs with intent to manufacture, sale or distribute.  He was transported to the Bradley County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing.

Booking photos may be obtained from the Bradley 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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Bridge Demolition Scheduled for I-65 in Williamson County

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 1:28pm

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close I-65 in Franklin this weekend to demolish a bridge at State Route 248 (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass). The work is scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. through Monday, September 22 at 5:00 a.m.

During the closure, all traffic will be detoured while the bridge is imploded and debris is removed. This operation will likely create lengthy delays for traffic on I-65. Interstate ramps at SR 248 will be accessible; however, motorists are advised to plan ahead and utilize alternate routes if possible.

During the implosion, all traffic will be stopped at a safe distance from the blast for a period of approximately 30 minutes. The implosion is scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, September 20 at 6:15 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.

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

Demolition of the bridge was deemed necessary following a tanker truck fire last month. The incident also destroyed an adjacent older bridge, which was taken down immediately. Both bridges will be replaced as part of the ongoing $46 million project to widen I-65 between SR 840 and SR 248, and to modify the interchange and widen the roadway on SR 248 in Williamson County.

For more information on TDOT construction project activity, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/.  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area. 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

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

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Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure September 18-24, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:26am

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

  • From now through Saturday October 11, 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.

 

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Retracing of Pavement Markings on Various Interstate and State Routes

  • Thursday September 18, 9AM-11AM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-24 eastbound and westbound, between MM 25 and MM 31, so that the testing of striping may be done.

 

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

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 8PM-6AM, (excluding weekend), There will be lanes closures on I-65 northbound and southbound, from MM 96 to MM 99, so that joint repairs and milling may be done.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 254 (Old Hickory Boulevard) over Otter Creek

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 254 in order to perform guardrail and striping work.  Flaggers will be utilized.

 

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

  • From now through Wednesday December 31, 7AM-4PM, There will be shoulder closures on SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) at Conference Drive for installation of lighting.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 255 (Harding Place) from I-24 to US 41 (US 70S/SR 1/Murfreesboro Road)

  • Sunday September 21 through Wednesday September 24, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on SR 255 so that milling may be done.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Removal and Replacement of HOV Signing & Markings on Various Interstate and State Routes

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 9AM-3PM, There will be a shoulder closure on the I-40 on-ramps, between Old Hickory Blvd and Donelson Pike, for drilling and pouring ground-mounted footings.

 

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

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 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, Local Programs Project (Metro Public Works)

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 25, 8AM-4PM, The right lane of Harding Place eastbound will be closed from Danby Drive to Timberhill Drive in order to install sidewalks.

 

HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Resurfacing on I-40 from the Benton County Line to the Hickman County Line, Including Bridge Repair

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 8PM-6AM, (including weekend), I-40 will be reduced to one lane in both directions, from MM 135 to MM 148, in order to installing bridge joints, striping and general clean up. Troopers will be utilized.
  • Friday September 19, 8PM through Monday September 22, 6AM, I-40 will be reduced to one lane in both directions, from MM 140 to MM 142, in order to install bridge joints and general clean up.

 

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

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and utility relocation.

 

MAURY COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 50 from SR 99/James Campbell Blvd to the TS Railroad

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 9AM-3PM and 6PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 50 for milling operations, loop installation, and possible guardrail removal. 

 

MAURY COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 6 from North of SR 243 Connector to North of SR 50

  • Thursday September 18 through Thursday September 24, 9AM-3PM and 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 6 for milling and paving operations.

 

MAURY COUNTY, Local Programs Project

  • Saturday, September 20, 7AM to 5PM, The two westbound lanes of SR 50 (W James Campbell Blvd) will be closed at the intersection of SR 243 (Trotwood Avenue) in order to perform intersection improvements. Westbound traffic will be diverted into one eastbound lane (left lane). Eastbound traffic will be diverted into the remaining eastbound lane (right lane). All traffic will be redirected into normal lanes of travel at the next crossover of Experiment Station Lane (approximately 100 LF). Message boards and troopers will be utilized.

 

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

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 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 September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged during trench and bore pit blasting operations near the roadway and paving operations.

 

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

  • Thursday September 18, 8PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 in both directions at SR 248 (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass), MM 61.0, for sawing concrete and preparing for removal of bridge.
  • Friday September 19, 8PM through Monday September 22, 5AM, I-65 will be closed in both directions at SR 248 (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass), MM 61.0, in order to take down and remove the existing bridge.
  • Tuesday September 23 and Wednesday September 24, 1 PM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 in both directions between MM 61 and MM 63 for blasting.

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Drainage Improvements on I-65S

Look Ahead:

  • Friday September 26 at 8PM through Monday September 29 at 5AM, There will be lane closures on I-65 southbound at MM 66 for drainage improvements. Three lanes will remain open.

 

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Removal and Replacement of HOV Signing & Markings on Various Interstate and State Routes

Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday September 24 and Thursday September 25, 8PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 in both directions, between MM 62 and MM 78, for HOV striping.
  • Friday September 26 at 8PM through Monday September 29 at 5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 in both directions, between MM 62 and MM 78, for HOV striping.

 

Longitudinal Joint Stabilization on Various State Routes

Bedford County

  • Wednesday September 24 through Thursday September 25, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 eastbound and westbound, from the Bedford-Rutherford County line to the SR 82 JCT, in order to apply joint stabilization. One lane will remain open in each direction.

Giles County

  • Tuesday September 23 through Wednesday September 24, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 15 (Fayetteville Hwy) eastbound and westbound, from the beginning of US 64 bypass to Buchanan Creek, in order to apply joint stabilization. One lane will remain open in each direction.

Maury County

  • Thursday September 18 and Friday September 19, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 6 eastbound and westbound, from west of Denning Lane (MM 30) to the Williamson County line, in order to apply joint stabilization. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Monday September 22 through Tuesday September 23, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 7 eastbound and westbound, from Snow Creek Road to the Hickman County Line, in order to apply joint stabilization. One lane will remain open in each direction.

 

Miscellaneous Safety Improvements on Various State Routes

Bedford County*

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 6AM – 8PM, There will be temporary lane closures on SR 269, from Fairfield Pike to SR 64 in Wartrace, order to install various safety improvements and perform the grinding of rumble strips.

Lincoln County*

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 6 AM – 8 PM, There will be temporary lane closures on US 231 (SR 10), from north of Warden Road in Fayetteville to the Lincoln-Moore County line, in order to install various safety improvements and perform the grinding of rumble strips. 

Marshall County*

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 6AM – 8PM, There will be temporary lane closures on SR 99, from SR 11 near Chapel Hill to SR 16 near Eagleville in Rutherford County, in order to install various safety improvements and perform the grinding of rumble strips.
  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 6AM – 8PM, There will be temporary lane closures on SR 272, from Lewisburg city limits to Anes Station Road, in order to install various safety improvements and perform the grinding of rumble strips. 

*Most closures will involve shoulder work; however, temporary closures of one lane with flagging operation will be used when shoulder is too narrow to permit safe travel.  Striping will utilize mobile operations.

 

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

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 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 September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 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

 

  • Wednesday September 24 and Thursday September 25, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 840 in both directions, from Veterans Parkway to Jefferson Pike, so that milling and paving may be done.  

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 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 September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 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

 

Bedford County

  • Friday September 19, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 130, between Whiteside Hill Road and Gaither Road, to replace a 15” cross drain.  One lane will be open at all times. Flaggers will be utilized.

 

Davidson County

  • Thursday September 18 through Wednesday September 24, 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 September 18, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 11 (Nolensville Road) at Holt Road (MM 1.2) to mill and pave the roadway. Temporary traffic signals will be used for traffic control.
  • Thursday September 18, 8PM-5AM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-65 southbound, between I-440 and Harding Place, to mill raised pavement sections.
  • Tuesday September 23, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on Briley Parkway eastbound at County Hospital Road for shoulder work. One lane will remain open at all times.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • Saturday September 20 through Sunday September 21, 6AM-6PM, There will be lane closures on SR 6 (Franklin Pike) southbound at the Caldwell Lane intersection in order for Metro Water Department to install (4) water valves. Police officers will be utilized.
  • Monday September 22 through Friday September 26, 9AM–3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 11 (Nolensville Road) at the Wingrove Street intersection in order for NES to replace four existing poles & anchors.
  • Tuesday September 23 through Wednesday September 24, 7PM–6AM, There will be lane closures on SR 11 (Nolensville Pike) northbound at the Radnor Street intersection in order for Metro Water & Sewer to renew water line service.
  • From now through Friday September 26, 9AM-3PM, There will be shoulder work and temporary lane closures on SR 112 (Clarksville Pike), from Westport Drive to Creasy Drive, in order for NES to perform oiling and switch maintenance.
  • From now through Tuesday September 30, 7PM–6AM, There will be lane closures in the 4000 block of SR 106 (Hillsboro Pike) in Green Hills in order for Jarrett Builders to install 8” water main, 10” & 8” sewer main, and two public fire hydrants.
  • From now through Tuesday September 30, 7PM-6AM, There will be lane closures in the 2000 block of SR 106 (Broadway) in order for NES to remove overhead aerial cable to be converted to underground due to construction.
  • From now through Friday October 31, 7PM–6AM, There will be lane closures on SR 1 (Murfreesboro Road), from Menzler Lane to Fesslers Lane, in order for Piedmont Natural Gas to open cut and install a 6” gas main.

 

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT work zones, regardless of lane closure activity.  Information in this report is provided to the Department of Transportation by the contractors.  Most work is weather dependent and subject to change due to inclement weather.  For travel information, visit the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5‑1‑1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

 

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

 

For More Information:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 454-8042

Governor Haslam Awards $24.2 Million in Highway Safety Grants

TN.gov Transportation - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:14am

386 Agencies to Receive Funds to Improve Safety on Tennessee Roadways

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer and Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole announced the Tennessee agencies that received grant awards totaling more than $24.2 million to support highway traffic safety efforts.

The funds support the mission of GHSO to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations. 

“Having safe roads is critical to our mission of making Tennessee a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Haslam said.  “These grants will support the efforts of highway safety agencies and advocates to reduce the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in Tennessee each year.”

There are multiple elements that contribute to a safe roadway system.  Some of those aspects are an accurate traffic safety data collection and analysis system, well-trained and well-equipped law enforcement personnel, and effective emergency medical and trauma systems.  A major part of roadway safety is educating motorists about laws and good driving behaviors.

“These grants help fund a variety of enforcement, legal and educational initiatives across the state including speed enforcement, first responder equipment purchases, DUI prosecutors and child passenger safety training,” Schroer said.  “These grants will make a difference in the effectiveness of our highway safety partners.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding to GHSO.  The grants, totaling 449 for the 2014-2015 funding cycle, were awarded to 386 agencies that successfully applied for funding based on a defined problem and statistical need.  Each year, GHSO accepts applications from agencies across the state for available highway safety funds.  Applications are reviewed and scored by GHSO and external highway safety advocates.  The agencies that meet the criteria for funding received awards.

“Our grantees are the backbone of GHSO,” Director Kendell Poole said. “It takes everyone working together to make a difference. We are dedicated to saving lives across Tennessee and pledge to work with grantees statewide to accomplish our mission.”

For more information about GHSO, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

For a complete list and description of each grant, visit http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2014/GHSO-FY2015GrantAwards.pdf

 

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Arrests Wanted Felon from Michigan

TN.gov Safety - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:30pm

CHATTANOOGA – A Tennessee state trooper on Friday arrested a wanted felon from Michigan after locating the suspect driving on Interstate-24 in Hamilton County.  Early Friday morning, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) received notification from the Michigan State Police (MSP) advising that Mikos L. Harper, 26, of Mount Morris, Mich. was possibly in the Chattanooga area.  The MSP advised that Harper was a fugitive from justice who was armed and dangerous, possibly driving a 2006 black Chevy Malibu with a Michigan license tag.

Just after 10:00 a.m., while patrolling I-24 near mile marker 180, Trooper Steven Bourque observed a black Chevy Malibu driving over the speed limit. Upon additional investigation, Trooper Bourque confirmed the vehicle was indeed the suspect vehicle out of Michigan. Trooper Bourque, who was assisted by Sergeant Mike Brown and Sergeant Allan Bailey, initiated a felony traffic and Harper into custody without incident.

Harper is in custody at the Hamilton County Jail awaiting extradition to Michigan. The THP confirmed that Harper has the following felony warrants issued by authorities in Genesee County (Flint) Michigan: two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, home invasion 1st degree, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, discharging a firearm in a building, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony firearms procession out of Genesee County, Flint Michigan.   

A jail photo may be obtained from the Hamilton 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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Section of Old Hickory Boulevard in West Nashville to Close for Bridge Work

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:14pm
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New Bridge Over Otter Creek to be Installed in One Weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close a short section of SR 254 (Old Hickory Boulevard) in west Nashville this weekend to install a new bridge over Otter Creek. The closure will extend from Chickering Road to Hilllsboro Road (US 431 / SR 106). The work is scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m. through Monday, September 15 at 6:00 a.m.

During the closure, all traffic will be detoured. Message boards are already in place to alert motorists to the road closure. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and seek alternate routes around the work zone.

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

During the closure, the deck, beams and piers of the existing bridge will be removed and replaced with a new single span bridge. The new 95 ton precast unit is already sitting at the project site, ready to be installed. Following this weekend’s closure, bridge rails will be installed and the bridge will be paved and striped.

The work is being done using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), a process used by TDOT to speed up construction and repair of highways and bridges. ABC involves a short-term, total road or bridge closure to allow crews the space to do their jobs and the freedom to work around the clock. This dramatically reduces the time to complete a project and the long-term inconvenience to motorists. The $1 million project is expected to be completed by the end of September.

For more information on TDOT construction project activity, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/.  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area. 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

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

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East Tennessee Construction Report for September 11-17, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:49pm

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

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

CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North near Mile Marker 144:  Beginning Monday, September 15, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures approaching this area between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. as crews perform overhead bridge repairs. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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

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

GREENE COUNTY, SR 35 between Bright Hope Road and SR 70: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 351 between SR 350 and SR 70: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 340 at Bewley’s Bridge near Log Mile 0.5: Motorists should be alert for alternating lane closures in place, workers present and use extreme caution through this bridge repair project.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 351 Bridge over Camp Creek at Log Mile 8.1: SR 351 near Log Mile 8.1 is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal as crews perform bridge repairs. Due to the reduced bridge width, loads in excess of nine (9) feet in width must use an alternate route. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions, be prepared to stop and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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

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

HAWKINS COUNTY, SR 1 between Carter’s Valley Road and Tipton Avenue: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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

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

KNOX COUNTY, I-275 North Ramp to I-640 West and SR 9 (Clinton Highway): Motorists should be alert for lane shifts and width reductions across this bridge as crews perform bridge repairs.  Trucks and buses should follow alternate routes.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-275 North and South underneath Ramp Bridge to SR 9 (Clinton Highway): Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures on Sundays through Thursdays between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, possible delays and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West between I-140 (Exit 376) and Lovell Road (Exit 374): On Sunday, September 14, 2014 through Thursday, September 18, 2014, motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures nightly between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews mill, resurface and shift traffic in this area. Motorists should be alert for lane closures, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this ramp extension project.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East Weigh Station Ramp Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for traffic shifts, workers present, slow traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 (Oak Ridge Hwy. /Western Ave.) between Schaad Road and Copper Kettle Road: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures at various times throughout this widening project.  Motorists traveling in this area should be alert for workers and equipment present and be alert for changing traffic conditions, detours, traffic shifts and use caution through this area. Woodsmith Road at SR 62 is closed to thru traffic for construction. The following roads are currently closed to thru traffic for construction: Shortt Road at Western Avenue; South Hinton Road between Western Avenue and Third Creek Road; Jimmy Carter Road at Western Avenue and Beaver Ridge Road at Western Avenue.  A short section of Ball Camp Pike between Western Avenue and Goldenrod Street is also closed for construction.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and follow signed detour routes. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/SR62/updates.shtml

KNOX COUNTY, SR 9/US 25 Clinton Highway between Jenso Road and Anderson County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures nightly on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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

KNOX COUNTY, Ebenezer Road at North Westland Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily through this intersection improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, changing conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, I-40 West near Mile Markers 363.8: On Thursday, September 11, 2014, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, I-75 North and South between Mile Marker 60 and the Tennessee River (MM 74): Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures nightly on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, I-75 South near Mile Markers 84 and 79.4: On Thursday, September 11, 2014, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 between SR 2 and City Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, workers present, construction equipment and use extreme caution through this area.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 West near Mile Marker 341: Beginning, Sunday, September 14, 2014, I-40 West will be reduced to one lane near Mile Marker 341 as crews begin repairs to the bridge over Oakdale/Blackwood Road.  Motorists should be alert for alternating lane closures to remain in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through October 31, 2014.  Traffic loads in excess of 16 feet in width will be prohibited through this area.  Motorists should be alert for slow traffic and expect potential delays through this project.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 East between Mile Markers 340 and 347: On Monday, September 15, 2014 through Tuesday, September 23, 2014, excluding weekends, motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through this area as maintenance crews perform slope mowing activities.  Motorists should reduce speeds, be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

SCOTT COUNTY, SR 63 between Rock Branch Loop (LM 2.58) and the Campbell County Line (LM 13.6): Motorists should be alert for lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays, and use extreme caution through this area.

SCOTT COUNTY, SR 456 between Log Mile 8 and Log Mile 10: Motorists should be alert for lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays, and use extreme caution through this area.

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

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 over I-40 at Exit 407: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures through this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville SR 139 (Douglas Dam Rd.) and SR 338 W (Boyd’s Creek Hwy):  On Monday, September 15, 2014 through Thursday, September 18, 2014, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures in both directions through this project between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform grade work for roadway widening. Motorists should be alert for short duration traffic stops in both directions which may occur daily Monday through Friday through this project for utility crossings. Motorists should expect potential delays traveling through this area.  For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/

SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West near Mile Marker 1: On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform bridge inspections. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-81 North between Mile Markers 62 and 66: On Monday, September 15, 2014 through Wednesday, September 17, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform roadway repairs. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-81 North and South near Mile Marker 60: On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 and Thursday, September 18, 2014, motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform bridge inspections. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

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

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 126 between West Center Street and Clinchfield Street: Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as crews perform utility work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 36 between Fort Henry Drive and Wilcox Drive: Motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews complete final items through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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

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

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

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures approaching this area between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work.  Motorists should be alert for sudden stops, slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail through this interchange modification project.  Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this project.  Orchard Avenue is closed.  Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road.  Traffic will also be shifted from Boone Avenue to Boring Chapel Road.  From Boone Avenue to near Hammitt Road will be split traffic separated by a barrier wall.  Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily through this project for utility and equipment crossings.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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Tennessee State Trooper Discovers Crystal Meth During Traffic Stop

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:42am

NASHVILLE --- A member of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s East Bureau Interdiction-Plus Team made a traffic stop in Knox County that resulted in the discovery of 11 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.        

Trooper Adam Bowman stopped a vehicle on Interstate 40 eastbound near the Strawberry Plains exit in Knox County for following too closely at approximately 3:25 p.m. on Wednesday. The initial investigation revealed that the vehicle, a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, was rented by the passenger Jose Garcia, 45, of Tucson, Arizona.  It was also discovered that the driver, Adalberto Torres, 38, also of Tucson, had a suspended driver license. The pair explained that they were travelling from Tucson, Arizona to Greeneville, South Carolina.  

Another THP investigator arrived on the scene with a drug detector canine, which later gave a positive alert for the presence of illegal drugs.  State Troopers searched the vehicle and discovered 11 individually wrapped, one pound packages containing crystal methamphetamine inside the spare tire underneath the vehicle.  The street value of the drugs were estimated at approximately half a million dollars.  

The two suspects were arrested and charged with felony possession, sale, or delivery of a controlled substance.  They are also facing possible federal prosecution.

The investigation is ongoing.

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

Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Honors First Responders & Three Stars of Tennessee Recipients

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:48am

NASHVILLE--- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today hosted its annual First Responders Award ceremony to honor those who have dedicated their lives for the safety and security of all Tennesseans and to recognize the recipients of the inaugural “Three Stars of Tennessee Award.”  The event, which is part of National Preparedness Month activities, was held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

State Senator Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville) and Representative Ryan Haynes (R-Knoxville) spearheaded legislation to recognize law enforcement, firefighters and medical first responders who were either killed or suffered a career ending injury in the line of duty. The law (TCA 4-1-501) to allow for the “Three Stars of Tennessee Award” passed during this year’s legislative session.

“We come together today to recognize the men and women who risked and gave their lives as public safety professionals in Tennessee,” Deputy Commissioner Larry Godwin said. “Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. We are grateful for their service and honor their memories today.”

Twelve individuals were honored with the “Three Stars of Tennessee Award.” All but one of the recipients was killed in the line of duty. 

The First Responder Awards ceremony has been held every September since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Twenty-nine first responders were also recognized for their service to Tennessee. Each of the honorees were nominated by their peers and represents the 11 Homeland Security districts in Tennessee, as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

“Our first responders put their lives on the line every day with no questions asked. It is my privilege to publically recognize their commitment to public safety and honor the daily sacrifices made to keep all Tennesseans safe,” David Purkey said, who serves as assistant commissioner and Homeland Security advisor. Purkey also serves as deputy commissioner for the Department of Military overseeing the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA).

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort encouraging Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies.  Critical to the preparedness process are the men and women who serve our state and citizens as first responders. 

The “Three Stars of Tennessee Award” honorees and their bios accompany this release, as well as a list of those individuals who received First Responders awards.

Photos are available upon request.

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

 

Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure September 11-17, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:00pm

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

  • From now through Saturday October 11, 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.

 

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Retracing of Pavement Markings on Various Interstate and State Routes

  • Thursday September 11, 9AM–11AM, There will be rolling roadblocks on I-24 eastbound and westbound, between MM 24 and MM 31, so that the testing of striping may be done.

 

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

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 8PM-6AM, (excluding Sunday), There will be lanes closures on I-65 northbound and  southbound, from MM 96 to MM 99, so that joint repairs  and milling may be done.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 254 (Old Hickory Boulevard) over Otter Creek

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 254 in order to perform bridge work.  Flaggers will be utilized.
  • Friday September 12, 8PM through Monday September 15, 6AM, Old Hickory Boulevard will be closed between Chickering Road and Hillsboro Road in order to replace the bridge over Otter Creek.  Detours will be in place.

 

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

  • From now through Wednesday December 31, 7AM-4PM, There will be shoulder closures on SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) at Conference Drive for installation of lighting.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Grading, Drainage, and Paving at the I-40 W ramp to Church Street

  • Tuesday September 16, 10PM-5AM, The exit ramp from I-40 westbound to Church Street will be closed to set portable barrier rail. Message boards will be used. Traffic will be detoured.

 

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

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 9AM–3PM, There will be alternating shoulder closures on I-24 (approximately between MM 58 and Elam Road) and SR 840 (approximately between MM 48 and MM 57) for pull box installation and conduit proving/repairs.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Local Programs Project (Metro Public Works)

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 8AM-4PM, The right lane of Harding Place eastbound will be closed from Danby Drive to Timberhill Drive in order to install sidewalks.

 

HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Resurfacing on I-40 from the Benton County Line to the Hickman County Line, Including Bridge Repair

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 8PM-6AM, (including weekend), I-40 will be reduced to one lane in both directions, from MM 135 to MM 148, in order to installing bridge joints, striping and general clean up. Troopers will be utilized.
  • Friday September 12, 8PM through Monday September 15, 6AM, I-40 will be reduced to one lane in both directions, from MM 140 to MM 142, in order to install bridge joints.

 

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

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

 

MAURY COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 50 from SR 99/James Campbell Blvd to the TS Railroad

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 6PM-6AM and Wednesday September 17, 9AM-3PM,   There will be alternating lane closures on SR 50 for milling operations, loop installation, and possible guardrail removal. Lane closures may occur at any point within the project.

 

PERRY COUNTY, Longitudinal Join Stabilization on Various State Routes

  • Tuesday September 16 through Wednesday September 17, 7AM-5PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 20, eastbound and westbound, from Jackson Cemetery Road to the Perry-Lewis County line (approximately 6 miles), in order to apply joint stabilization. One lane will remain open in each direction.

 

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

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 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 September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged during trench and bore pit blasting operations near the roadway.

 

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

  • Wednesday September 10 through Wednesday September 17, 8PM-6AM, There will be lane closures on SR 253 (Concord Road) at the intersections of Lipscomb Drive and MacArthur Drive so that boring operations may be done. 
  • Thursday September 11 through Saturday September 13, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on the I-65 southbound ramp to SR 253 (Concord Road) so that shoulder work may be done.

 

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

  • Tuesday September 16 through Thursday September 18, 8PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65, in both directions, at the SR 248 exit (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) in order to saw concrete and prepare for bridge removal.

 

Look Ahead:

  • Friday September 19, 8PM through Monday September 22, 5AM, I-65 will be closed in each direction at the SR 248 exit (Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass, MM 61.0) in order to take down and remove the existing bridge.

 

WILSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on US 70 (SR 24) from Hartman Drive to Reed Street

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on US 70 (SR 24) for milling and paving.

 

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

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at the following locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to patch potholes on an as-needed basis:
  • SR 840, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson
  • I-24, Rutherford and Bedford
  • I-65, Williamson

 

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 8PM-5AM, There will be possible lane closures at the following locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to repair guardrail on an as-needed basis:
  • SR 840, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson
  • I-24, Rutherford and Bedford
  • I-65, Williamson

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to patch potholes on an as-needed basis:
  • I-24 Cheatham, Davidson, Montgomery and Robertson Counties
  • I-65 Davidson, Robertson, and Williamson Counties
  • I-40 Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, and Humphreys Counties

 

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee for tree trimming and removal on an as-needed basis:
  • I-24 Cheatham, Montgomery and Robertson Counties
  • I-65 Maury and Robertson Counties
  • I-40 Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman and Humphreys Counties

 

Davidson County

  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Thursday September 11, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on Briley Parkway eastbound at County Hospital Road for outside shoulder work.  One lane will remain open at all times.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • Thursday September 11 through Friday September 12, 9AM–3PM, There will be shoulder work and temporary lane closures on SR 11 (Dickerson Road), from Oldham Street to Davidson-Sumner County line, in order for NES to perform oiling and switch maintenance and replacing parts.
  • Thursday September 11 through Wednesday September 17, 9PM-5AM, There will be lane closures on SR 11 (Nolensville Road) at Morton Avenue in order to install traffic signal conduit across the roadway.
  • Sunday September 14 through Monday September 15. 7PM-6AM, There will be lane closures on SR 11 (Nolensville Road) at Elysian Fields Road in order for Piedmont Gas to replace a leaking 2” valve in the roadway.
  • From now through Tuesday September 30, 7PM–6AM, There will be lane closures in the 4000 block of SR 106 (Hillsboro Pike) in Green Hills in order for Jarrett Builders to install 8” water main, and 10” & 8” sewer main, two public fire hydrants.
  • From now through Tuesday September 30, 7PM-6AM, There will be lane closures in the 2000 block of SR 106 (Broadway) in order for NES to remove overhead aerial cable to be converted to underground due to planned construction.
  • From now through Friday September 19, 9AM-3PM, There will be shoulder work and temporary lane closures on SR 112 (Clarksville Pike), from Westport Drive to Creasy Drive, in order for NES to perform oiling and switch maintenance.
  • From now through Friday October 31, 7PM–6AM, There will be lane closures on SR 1 (Murfreesboro Road), from Menzler Lane to Fesslers Lane, in order for Piedmont Natural Gas to open cut and install a 6” gas main.

 

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT work zones, regardless of lane closure activity.  Information in this report is provided to the Department of Transportation by the contractors.  Most work is weather dependent and subject to change due to inclement weather.  For travel information, visit the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5‑1‑1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

 

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

 

For More Information:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 454-8042

State promotes September as emergency preparedness month

TN.gov Safety - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 11:00am

TAKE INITIATIVE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE IN AN EMERGENCY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There are dangers in everyday living that can become life-threatening without warning. How you prepare to handle those emergencies can mean the difference between being a survivor, or a victim. September is National Preparedness Month and state government is doing what it can to prepare itself and Tennesseans.

 

With September designated as national emergency preparedness month, the Tennessee Departments of Health, Military and Safety and Homeland Security are urging residents to plan now for what they would need to do in the event of an emergency, and to have a kit of materials to take care of themselves and their families.

 

“Preparedness is a state of mind; an attitude really,” David Purkey, Deputy Commissioner of TEMA and Homeland Security Advisor, said. “Our efforts are greatly amplified when the public does their part to be prepared by having a plan for emergencies.”

 

Know What to Do

 

A recent EF-3 tornado in East Tennessee illustrates the point of knowing what you should do when a warning is sounded. There were no fatalities despite the strong tornado hitting a relatively populated area. The state also mobilized a debris taskforce – composed of state workers from the Department of Transportation and troopers from the Highway Patrol, and members of the National Guard – to assist communities that needed help cleaning up from the storm.

 

“Regular citizens and local governments can take steps to prepare themselves, and that lets TEMA and the state’s first responders help those that need help more urgently,” Tennessee’s Adjutant General Major General Max Haston said. “The role of the individual cannot be overestimated in a community.”

 

Communication to the Public

 

When emergencies happen, clear communications is vital to protecting the public. Tennessee experienced that first-hand during a fungal meningitis outbreak. That experience led TEMA to develop partnerships with the Department of Health and Middle Tennessee State University to ensure the state’s ability to provide emergency information to the public.

 

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“The creation of the Multi-Agency Joint Information Center at TEMA is a sign of our commitment to informing the public as quickly and thoroughly as possible,” Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, M.D., MPH, said. “In collaboration with the Tennessee Public Television Council and MTSU, this state-of-the-art communications facility will allow TEMA and other state agencies to reach the public with crucial information.”

 

"MTSU is honored to be a part of this partnership with the Department of Health and TEMA to make our satellite uplink available if needed during emergencies," MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said. "This will ensure that state officials can communicate with all of our citizens in a timely manner in the event of a large-scale emergency or disaster situation."

 

Other notable Preparedness partnerships:

  • The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet will feature family preparedness tips on the website, www.kidcentraltn.com.
  • Walgreens will hold an in-store preparedness event in Chattanooga on Sept. 17.
  • Tennessee Public TV Stations will air unique preparedness programming and a ReadyTN spot featuring Tennessee’s first lady.
  • Tennessee’s First Responders Recognition Ceremony will be held on Sept. 11.

 

Make a Plan, Have a Kit

 

Plans should include where to meet if a home is destroyed and include a list of important personal information, including medical information, for every family member. The website, Ready.Gov, has fill-in-the-blank plans available to make it easy to assemble most of the information you would need for your personal emergency plan.

 

Important personal information should be in your emergency preparedness kit, but contents may vary from individual to individual and family to family. However, there are some items that should be in every kit: Battery-powered or crank radio and a weather alert radio with extra batteries for both; a first aid kit; sanitary wipes; a dust mask; water for both drinking and sanitation; waterproof matches and/or a butane lighter; a crank flashlight; plastic sheeting; non-perishable food to last at least three days; disinfectants; and appropriate medications.

 

For a more thorough list of supply items for individuals and families, download TEMA’s ReadyTN smartphone application at www.tnema.org/ReadyTN.

 

"National Preparedness Month is about encouraging individuals and families to plan for emergency situations.  It’s also about recognizing those law enforcement officers and first responders who are prepared every day to risk their lives for you and me,” Safety & Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “Their daily sacrifice to the citizens of Tennessee does not go unnoticed,” he added. 

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Tennessee promotes National Preparedness Month with Media Kick-Off

TN.gov Safety - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 6:04pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Departments of the Military, Safety & Homeland Security and Health will host a press conference at 10:30 a.m., CST, on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at the Military Department’s Headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.

 

The press conference will recognize September as National Preparedness Month, and also highlight efforts by the state focus on preparedness for disease outbreaks, children’s safety, and human-caused or natural disasters, as well as to recognize first responders.

 

National Preparedness Month recognizes that individual’s levels of preparedness can prevent injuries and deaths or losses to property. Tennessee state government is committed to being an active partner with local government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations to ensure that Tennesseans can be better protected from all hazards.

 

 

WHO:                David Purkey, Deputy Commissioner for TEMA, Homeland Security Advisor

                           Major General Max Haston, The Adjutant General of Tennessee

                           Larry Godwin, Deputy Commissioner of Safety & Homeland Security

Dr. Paul Petersen, Emergency Preparedness Director, Department of Health

 

WHAT:              Press conference highlighting the public education programs and preparedness initiatives planned September’s National Preparedness Month.

 

WHEN:              10:30 a.m., CST

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

 

WHERE:            Tennessee Emergency Management Agency

                                    Maj. Gen. Hugh B. Mott Headquarters Building

                                    3041 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN

                           Multi-Agency Joint Information Center (B-102), First Floor

                                    Live Truck Media Parking and I/O hookups located out front

                                               

PHOTO OPS:   Press conference

Individual interviews

Media tour of Multi-Agency Joint Information Center

 

Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure September 4-10, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:30am

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

  • From now through Saturday October 11, Traffic will be reduced from four (4) to two (2) lanes on US 231 (SR 10) in Shelbyville due to utility and grading operations. One lane will remain open in each direction with an added turning lane.

 

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

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

 

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

  • Thursday September 4 and Monday September 8 through Wednesday September 10, 8PM-6AM, There will be lanes closures on I-65 southbound from MM 96 to MM 99 so that joint repairs, guardrail repairs, and milling may be done.
  • Friday September 5, 8PM through Monday September 8, 6AM, There will be lane closures on I-65 northbound from MM 96 to MM 99 so that bridge repairs may be done. 
  • Tuesday September 9 through Wednesday September 10, 8PM-6AM, There will be lane closures on I-65 northbound from MM 96 to MM 99 so that milling may be done.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 254 (Old Hickory Boulevard) over Otter Creek

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 9AM-3PM, There will be a lane closure on SR 254 in order to perform bridge work.  Flaggers will be utilized.

 

Look Ahead:

  • Friday September 12, 8PM through Monday September 15, 6AM, Old Hickory Boulevard will be closed between Chickering Road and Hillsboro Road in order to replace the bridge over Otter Creek.  Detours will be in place.

 

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

  • From now through Wednesday December 31, 7AM-4PM, There will be shoulder closures on SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) at Conference Drive for installation of lighting.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Local Programs Project (Metro Public Works)

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 8AM-4PM, The right lane of Harding Place eastbound will be closed from Danby Drive to Timberhill Drive in order to install sidewalks.

 

HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Resurfacing on I-40 from the Benton County Line to the Hickman County Line, Including Bridge Repair

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 8PM-6AM, (including weekend), I-40 will be reduced to one lane in in both directions, from MM 135 to MM 148, in order to install bridge joints, striping and general cleanup. Troopers will be utilized.
  • Friday September 5, 8PM through Monday September 8, 6AM, I-40 will be reduced to one lane in both directions, from MM 140 to MM 142, in order to perform bridge repairs.

 

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

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

 

MAURY COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 50 from SR 99/James Campbell Blvd to the TS Railroad

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 50 for concrete work and milling operations.

 

ROBERTSON COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on SR 25 over Honey Run Creek

  • Thursday September 4, 9AM-5PM, There will be lane closures on SR 25 in both directions over Honey Run Creek for removal of barrier rail.

 

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

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 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 September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be flagged during trench and bore pit blasting operations near the roadway.

 

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 September 4 and Friday September 5, 8PM-5AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 in both directions between MM 60.5 and MM 63 for milling and paving.

 

Look Ahead:

  • Friday September 19, 8PM through Monday September 22, 5AM, I-65 will be closed in each direction at MM 61.0 (SR 248/Peytonsville Road/Goose Creek Bypass) in order to take down and remove the existing bridge.

 

WILSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on US 70 (SR 24) from Hartman Drive to Reed Street

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 8PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 24 for milling and paving.

 

WILSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 265 (Central Pike) from Davidson County Line to SR 171 (Mt Juliet Road)

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 8:30PM-6AM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 265 for milling and paving operations.

 

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

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at the following locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to patch potholes on an as-needed basis:
  • SR 840, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson
  • I-24, Rutherford and Bedford
  • I-65, Williamson

 

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 8PM-5AM, There will be possible lane closures at the following locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to repair guardrail on an as-needed basis:
  • SR 840, Williamson, Rutherford and Wilson
  • I-24, Rutherford and Bedford
  • I-65, Williamson

 

  • Saturday September 6, 2AM-11PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 840 westbound at MM 60.6 (near SR 266 / West Jefferson Pike in Smyrna) to repair bridge ends. 

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee to patch potholes on an as-needed basis:
  • I-24 Cheatham, Davidson, Montgomery and Robertson Counties
  • I-65 Davidson, Robertson, and Williamson Counties
  • I-40 Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, and Humphreys Counties

 

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 9AM-3PM, There will be possible lane closures at various locations on State Routes and Interstates in Middle Tennessee for tree trimming and removal on an as-needed basis:
  • I-24 Cheatham, Montgomery and Robertson Counties
  • I-65 Maury and Robertson Counties
  • I-40 Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman and Humphreys Counties

 

Cheatham County

  • Tuesday September 9 through Thursday September 11, 8PM-5AM, There will be one lane closed on I-40 eastbound, from MM 187 to MM 190, in order to repair a pothole in the bridge deck.

 

Davidson County

  • Thursday September 4 through Wednesday September 10, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Thursday September 4, 8PM-5AM, There will be lane closures at the end of the SR 155 (White Bridge Road) on-ramp to I-40 eastbound for pavement repair.  One lane on the ramp will remain open at all times.

 

Hickman County

  • Tuesday September 9, 8PM-3AM, There will be lane closures on I-40 westbound, between MM 150.7 and MM 152, in order to mill and pave the roadway.
  • September 9, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 46 southbound at MM 2.9 for milling & paving.

 

TDOT Traffic:

Bedford County

  • Monday September 10, 9AM-3PM, SR 64 will be closed for maintenance of the CSX Railroad crossing near SR 269 in Wartrace. Maintenance includes replacement of ties and surface track. Detours will be in place.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • Thursday September 4, 9AM-3PM, There will be one lane closed on SR 11 (Dickerson Pike) southbound at 620 North 1st Street in order to open-cut 6’x4’ to renew ¾” gas line.
  • Thursday September 4 through Friday September 12, 9AM–3PM, There will be shoulder work and temporary lane closures on SR 100, from Collins Road to Hester Beasley Road, in order for NES to perform oiling and switch maintenance and replace parts.
  • Thursday September 4 through Friday September 12, 9AM–3PM, There will be shoulder work and temporary lane closures on SR 11 (Dickerson Road), from Jefferson Street to Ridgetop, in order for NES to perform oiling and switch maintenance and replace parts.
  • Sunday September 7 through Tuesday September 30, 7PM–6AM, There will be lane closures in the 4000 block of SR 106 (Hillsboro Pike) in Green Hills in order for Jarrett Builders to install 8” water main, 10” & 8” sewer main, and two public fire hydrants.
  • Monday September 8 through Tuesday September 30, 7PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure in the 2000 block of SR 106 (Broadway) in order for NES to remove overhead aerial cable to be converted to underground due to construction.
  • Monday September 8, 9AM–3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 6 (Franklin Pike) at the Caldwell Lane intersection in order for Metro Water & Sewer to finish repairs on a water main & cleanup the work site.
  • From now through Friday September 5, 9AM-3PM, There will be shoulder work and temporary lane closures on SR 112 (Clarksville Pike), from Westport Drive to Creasy Drive, in order for NES to perform oiling and switch maintenance.
  • From now through Friday October 31, 7PM–6AM, There will be lane closures on SR 1 (Murfreesboro Road), from Menzler Lane to Fesslers Lane, in order for Piedmont Natural Gas to open cut and install a 6” gas main.

 

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT work zones, regardless of lane closure activity.  Information in this report is provided to the Department of Transportation by the contractors.  Most work is weather dependent and subject to change due to inclement weather.  For travel information, visit the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5‑1‑1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

 

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

 

For More Information:

Heather Jensen

TDOT Community Relations Officer

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 454-8042

TDOT Halts Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways for Labor Day Weekend

TN.gov Transportation - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:58pm

Holiday Travelers Won’t Be Slowed by Road Construction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the busy Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, August 29, through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.


“AAA predicts Friday and Monday to be the busiest travel times during the Labor Day holiday weekend,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “We want to ensure that the thousands of travelers using Tennessee’s roadways during this period arrive at their destinations quickly and safely without being impeded by road construction delays.”

While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on site in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits.  Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“Drivers can expect to see an increased number of law enforcement personnel on the roads this Labor Day weekend,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “We want everyone to have a safe holiday, so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit and don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink or are impaired in any way.”


Nationwide travel is expected to see a 1.4 percent increase from last year’s numbers.  The summer travel season is expected to close with an estimated 35 million travelers taking a trip of 50 miles or more away from home.  AAA Auto Club South projects that 590,037 Tennesseans will travel by car this Labor Day holiday, a slight decrease in travel through the state compared to last year’s numbers. Nationwide, 86 percent of holiday travelers will choose to drive to their destinations.


For more information on TDOT construction project activity, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway/.  Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information or www.twitter.com/Nashville511 for traffic information in the Nashville area. 

 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

 

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

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East Tennessee Construction Report for August 28-September 3, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:26pm

 

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

BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 33 between SR 115 and Court Street: Motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 33 South between Williams Mill Road and Martin Mill Pike: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as crews perform vegetation removal through this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 between SR 335 and Loudon County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures at various times through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

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

CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North and South near Mile Marker 143:  Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures on Sundays through Thursdays between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform work through this project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North and South between Mile Markers 134 and 147:  Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures on Sundays through Thursdays between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning for resurfacing. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, SR 9 at Ridge Road: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews install a turn lane in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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

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

COCKE COUNTY, SR 340 between SR 9 and Old SR 35: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays, and use extreme caution through this area.

GRAINGER COUNTY, US 11W/SR 1 between Water Street and US 25E: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures at various locations through this resurfacing and bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 35 between Bright Hope Road and SR 70: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 351 between SR 350 and SR 70: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 340 between the Cocke County Line and SR 349: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays, and use extreme caution through this area.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 340 at Bewley’s Bridge near Log Mile 0.5: Motorists should be alert for alternating lane closures in place, workers present and use extreme caution through this bridge repair project.

GREENE COUNTY, SR 351 Bridge over Camp Creek at Log Mile 8.1: SR 351 near Log Mile 8.1 is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal as crews perform bridge repairs. Due to the reduced bridge width, loads in excess of nine (9) feet in width must use an alternate route. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions, be prepared to stop and use extreme caution in this area.

GREENE COUNTY, US 11E/SR 34 between SR 348 and SR 70: Motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning on Sunday through Thursday through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

GREENE COUNTY, Ball Road between Norton Road and Old Stage Road: Ball Road is reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal as crews perform work on this SIA project.  This one lane condition is estimated to be in effect through August 2014. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 32/US 25E near I-81 Interchange: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this project.  Motorists should be alert for new and changing conditions, workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 113 between SR 32 and SR 160: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays, and use extreme caution through this area.

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

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

HAWKINS COUNTY, SR 1 between Carter’s Valley Road and Tipton Avenue: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

HAWKINS COUNTY, SR 66 between SR 34 and Berry Road: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

HAWKINS COUNTY, SR 70 between Greene County Line and Timber Ridge Road: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this guardrail upgrade and resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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

JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 East near Mile Marker 424: On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, I-40 East will be closed at Mile Marker 424 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform bridge deck work on the bridge over the French Broad River.  During these times, I-40 Eastbound traffic will be diverted off at Exit 424 (SR 113) and detoured onto US 25 back to I-40 at Exit 432.  Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

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

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East near Mile Marker 396: On Thursday, August 28, 2014, motorists should be alert for a lane closure in this area between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews install an overhead sign structure in this area.  Motorists should be alert for a temporary rolling roadblock to begin near Mile Marker 392 as crews swing the sign structure in position.  Motorists should be alert for stopped or slowed traffic, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. This work will be scheduled for the following night in case of cancellation due to weather.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West near Mile Marker 399: On Thursday, August 28, 2014, motorists should be alert for a lane closure in this area between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews install an overhead sign structure in this area.  Motorists should be alert for a temporary rolling roadblock to begin near Mile Marker 403 as crews swing the sign structure in position.  Motorists should be alert for stopped or slowed traffic, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area. This work will be scheduled for the following night in case of cancellation due to weather.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East and West near Mile Marker 379: On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, motorists should be alert for a lane closure in this area between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning as crews install an overhead sign structure in this area.  Motorists should be alert for a temporary rolling roadblock on I-40 West to begin near Mile Marker 383 as crews swing the sign structure in position.  Motorists should be alert for stopped or slowed traffic, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-275 North Ramp to I-640 West and SR 9 (Clinton Highway): Motorists should be alert for lane shifts and width reductions across this bridge as crews perform bridge repairs.  Trucks and buses should follow alternate routes.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-275 North and South underneath Ramp Bridge to SR 9 (Clinton Highway): Beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures on Sundays through Thursdays between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, possible delays and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-640 East and West between I-40 and Broadway (Exit 6): Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures nightly on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West between I-140 (Exit 376) and Lovell Road (Exit 374): Motorists should be alert for lane closures, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this ramp extension project.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East Weigh Station Ramp Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for traffic shifts, workers present, slow traffic, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 (Oak Ridge Hwy. /Western Ave.) between Schaad Road and Copper Kettle Road: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures at various times throughout this widening project.  Motorists traveling in this area should be alert for workers and equipment present and be alert for changing traffic conditions, detours, traffic shifts and use caution through this area. Woodsmith Road at SR 62 is closed to thru traffic for construction. The following roads are currently closed to thru traffic for construction: Shortt Road at Western Avenue; South Hinton Road between Western Avenue and Third Creek Road; Jimmy Carter Road at Western Avenue and Beaver Ridge Road at Western Avenue.  A short section of Ball Camp Pike between Western Avenue and Goldenrod Street is also closed for construction.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and follow signed detour routes. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/SR62/updates.shtml

KNOX COUNTY, SR 9/US 25 Clinton Highway between Jenso Road and Anderson County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures nightly on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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

KNOX COUNTY, Ebenezer Road at North Westland Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily through this intersection improvement project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, changing conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, I-75 North and South between Monroe County Line and the Tennessee River: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures nightly on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 between SR 2 and City Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, workers present, construction equipment and use extreme caution through this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, US 70 between US 11/SR 2 and the Roane County Line:  Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

MORGAN COUNTY, SR 298 near Log Mile 6 Bridge over Clear Creek: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures in this area as crews complete bridge repairs.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions, slowed or stopped traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

SCOTT COUNTY, SR 63 between Rock Branch Loop (LM 2.58) and the Campbell County Line (LM 13.6): Motorists should be alert for lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays, and use extreme caution through this area.

SCOTT COUNTY, SR 456 between Log Mile 8 and Log Mile 10: Motorists should be alert for lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays, and use extreme caution through this area.

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

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 over I-40 at Exit 407: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures through this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

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

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 339 between Forest Hills Drive and the Cocke County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 126 between West Center Street and Clinchfield Street: Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as crews perform utility work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 75 at SR 357: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures and use extreme caution through this signalization project.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 36 between Fort Henry Drive and Wilcox Drive: Motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures on Sunday through Thursday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform milling and resurfacing.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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

UNICOI COUNTY, SR 107 between Log Miles 5.45 and 8.74: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours as crews perform guardrail work through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

UNICOI COUNTY, SR 352 between Log Miles 0.00 and 4.16: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours as crews perform guardrail work through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 81 at SR 353: Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution through this intersection improvement project.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 through Thursday, September 4, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures approaching this area between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge work.  Motorists should be alert for sudden stops, slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail through this interchange modification project.  Motorists should use extreme caution and expect potential delays when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 75 between SR 36 and SR 357: Motorists should be alert for a possible lane closure on the northbound side as crews perform grade work on the slope adjacent to the roadway. Motorists should be alert for workers present and expect potential delays in this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this project.  Orchard Avenue is closed.  Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road.  Traffic will also be shifted from Boone Avenue to Boring Chapel Road.  From Boone Avenue to near Hammitt Road will be split traffic separated by a barrier wall.  Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily through this project for utility and equipment crossings.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

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

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

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Middle Tennessee Weekly Construction Lane Closure August 28-September 3, 2014

TN.gov Transportation - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:50am

BEDFORD COUNTY, Reconstruction of US 231 (SR 10)

  • From now through Saturday October 11, 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.

 

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Bridge Replacement on SR 251 (River Road) over Sam’s Creek

  • Tuesday September 2 and Wednesday September 3, 9AM-3PM, Traffic will be stopped in both directions on SR 251 over Sam’s Creek, twice per each day, lasting approximately 15 minutes or less, in order to set bridge beams.

 

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

  • Tuesday September 2 and Wednesday September 3, 8PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-65 southbound between MM 96 and MM 99 so that expansion joint repairs and possible guardrail repairs may be done.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 254 (Old Hickory Boulevard) over Otter Creek

  • Thursday August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 9AM-3PM (excluding holiday weekend), There will be a lane closure on SR 254 in order to perform bridge work.  Flaggers will be utilized.

 

Look Ahead:

  • Friday September 12, 8PM through Monday September 15, 6AM, Old Hickory Boulevard will be closed between Chickering Road and Hillsboro Road in order to replace the bridge over Otter Creek.  Detours will be in place.

 

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

  • Wednesday August 27 through Wednesday December 31, 7AM-4PM (excluding holiday weekend), There will be shoulder closures on SR 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd) at Conference Drive for installation of lighting.

 

DAVIDSON COUNTY, Local Programs Project (Metro Public Works)

  • Thursday August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 8AM-4PM (excluding holiday weekend), The right lane of Harding Place eastbound will be closed from Danby Drive to Timberhill Drive in order to install sidewalks.

 

HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Resurfacing on I-40 from the Benton County Line to the Hickman County Line, Including Bridge Repair

  • Thursday August 28 and Tuesday September 2 through Wednesday September 3, 8PM-6AM, I-40 will be reduced to one lane in both directions, from MM 135 to MM148, in order to perform paving operations and installation of bridge joints.  Troopers will be utilized.

 

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

  • Thursday August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 7AM-5PM (excluding holiday weekend), There will be alternating lane closures on SR 10 for clearing and grubbing operations, blasting operations and installation of concrete barrier rail.

 

MAURY COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 50 from SR 99/James Campbell Blvd to the TS Railroad

  • Thursday August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 8PM-6AM (excluding holiday weekend), There will be alternating lane closures on SR 50 for concrete work and milling operations.

 

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

  • Thursday August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 8PM-6AM (excluding holiday weekend), There will be alternating lane closures on SR 96, Broad Street, Ridgely Road, and College Street for underground utility crossings.

 

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

  • Wednesday August 27 or Thursday August 28, 8PM-6AM (weather permitting), There will be a lane closure on SR 253 (Concord Road), between MacArthur Drive and Lipscomb Drive, to shift traffic for the next phase of construction.

 

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

  • Thursday August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 9AM-3PM (excluding holiday weekend), Traffic will be flagged during trench & bore pit blasting operations near the roadway.

 

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 August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 8PM-5AM (excluding holiday weekend), There will be a lane closure on I-65 in both directions between MM 60.5 and MM 63 for milling and paving.

 

WILSON COUNTY, Pavement Marking on Various State Routes

  • Tuesday September 2 or Wednesday September 3, 8PM-5AM (weather permitting), There will be temporary lane closures on I-40 eastbound beginning at MM 232 so that pavement marking work may be done.

 

WILSON COUNTY, Installation of Cable Barrier on I-40 E from SR 109 to SR 840

  • Thursday August 28, 11PM-6AM, There will be a lane closure on I-40 eastbound for the installation of cable barrier. One lane will remain open.

 

WILSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on US 70 (SR 24) from Hartman Drive to Reed Street

  • Thursday August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 8PM-6AM (excluding holiday weekend), There will be alternating lane closures on SR 24 for milling and paving.

 

WILSON COUNTY, Resurfacing on SR 265 (Central Pike) from Davidson County Line to SR 171 (Mt Juliet Road)

  • Thursday August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 8:30PM-6AM (excluding holiday weekend), There will be alternating lane closures on SR 265 for milling and paving operations.

 

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

  • Thursday August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 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 August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 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

 

Look Ahead:

  • Saturday September 6, 2AM-11PM, There will be alternating lane closures on SR 840 westbound at MM 60.6 to repair bridge ends. 

 

TDOT Maintenance:

Middle Tennessee

  • Thursday August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 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 August 28 through Wednesday September 3, 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 August 28, 8PM-5AM and Tuesday September 2 through Wednesday September 3, 8PM-5AM, There will be rolling roadblocks using an attenuator truck along the inside lanes of I-24, I-65, and I-40 in Davidson County to spray herbicide along the median barrier wall.
  • Thursday August 28, 8PM-5AM and Tuesday September 2 through Wednesday September 3, 8PM-5AM, There will be mobile operations in various locations in Davidson County for drain cleaning operations.  This will affect the shoulders or inside and outside lanes.
  • Tuesday September 2, 8PM-5AM, There will be lane closures at the end of the SR 155 (White Bridge Road) on-ramp to I-40 eastbound for pavement repair.  One lane on the ramp will remain open at all times.

 

TDOT Region 3 Utilities

Davidson County

  • Tuesday September 2 through Thursday September 4, 9AM-3PM, There will be lane closures on SR 11 southbound at (620 N 1st Street), in order to open-cut 6’x4’ to renew ¾” gas line.
  • From now through Friday September 5, 9AM-3PM, There will be temporary lane closures and shoulder work on SR 112 (Clarksville Pike), from Westport Drive to Creasy Drive, in order for NES to perform oiling and switch maintenance.
  • From now through Friday October 31, 7PM–6AM, There will be lane closures on SR 1 (Murfreesboro Road), from Menzler Lane to Fesslers Lane, in order for Piedmont Natural Gas to open cut and install a 6” gas main.

 

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT work zones, regardless of lane closure activity.  Information in this report is provided to the Department of Transportation by the contractors.  Most work is weather dependent and subject to change due to inclement weather.  For travel information, visit the TDOT SmartWay website at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5‑1‑1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Nashville area alerts @Nashville511

 

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

 

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 Officers

Heather.Jensen@tn.gov

(615) 454-8042

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