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Tennessee Department of Health says be prepared for Winter Driving


Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – A new round of winter weather is moving into Tennessee, as many residents are still returning home from holiday visits or getting back into work routines. Wherever you’re driving, don’t pack up the car without including your emergency supplies!

Snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures of winter weather can come with little or no warning and can create treacherous driving conditions. The Department of Health is reminding Tennesseans to plan ahead to avoid dangerous winter travel problems. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Transportation stops all Highway Construction for Busy Holiday Travel Period


No Lane Closures on Tennessee Interstates and State Routes from December 22nd to January 2nd

Tennessee Department of TransportationNashville, TN – Road construction will not slow travelers’ busy Christmas and New Year’s travel holidays.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.

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Tennessee Department of Transportation says Road Construction Won’t Delay Memorial Day Travelers


TDOT Suspends All Lane Closure Activity for Busy Holiday Weekend

Tennessee Department of TransportationNashville, TN – Road construction won’t slow motorists down as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 25th through 6:00am on Tuesday, May 29th.

This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend. «Read the rest of this article»

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TDOT Works to Keep Motorists Informed


A monthly column by TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely

tdot-logo-lgFamed English statesman Sir Francis Bacon once made the still-meaningful statement that knowledge is power.  However, to gain knowledge you must have access to information.  TDOT provides several ways for drivers to get traffic information, both before leaving home and while traveling in Tennessee.

TDOT SmartWay is Tennessee’s intelligent transportation system which uses advanced information technologies to improve the safety and operation of highways.  An important component of TDOT SmartWay is TN511.  Travelers anywhere in Tennessee can get information on road and travel conditions, incidents, and construction on state highways by simply calling 511 from land lines or cell phones.  Since becoming operational in August of 2006, TN511 has logged nearly two million calls.  Callers to the system can connect to 511 systems in our bordering states as well, where available.  TDOT is also utilizing the social networking tool, Twitter, to send alerts to followers about roadway conditions across the state or by region.  TDOT began utilizing the service in mid-May and currently has more than 1,000 followers. «Read the rest of this article»

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