Topic: Gerald Nicely
Nashville, TN – The official 2011 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available to assist travelers in their planning efforts.
“Even as motorists use other tools such as smart phones and GPS systems, state maps will continue to be important in assisting motorists in their travels across our state and reaching a destination,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Holiday travelers should enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee during the busy Christmas and New Year’s travel holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole joined numerous state and local law enforcement agencies and safety advocates tonight to remind Tennesseans about the dangers of driving impaired this holiday season.
As a visual reminder of the severe result of impaired driving, 303 luminaries glowed on the Bicentennial Mall State Map in remembrance of those killed in alcohol related crashes in 2009. The lights were positioned inside the counties in which the fatal crashes occurred. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Winter weather is already here in some parts of Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Transportation is stocked and ready to clear state roadways of ice and snow this season. TDOT crews will once again use a variety of tools to battle winter weather including salt, salt brine, beet juice, and potato juice.
“Last year’s winter storms forced TDOT crews to use twice as much salt and three times as much salt brine as we normally use during a winter season to keep our roads clear of ice and snow,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “After replenishing our supply our crews are ready to go to work keeping Tennesseans moving this winter season.”
For the 2009/2010 winter season TDOT’s maintenance costs were double that of the previous year. The 2010/2011 statewide budget has been increased by 23% to $14.7 million in recognition of the potential for another winter with above average precipitation. «Read the rest of this article»
TDOT Halts All Lane Closure Activity for Busy Holiday Travel Period
Nashville, TN – Thanksgiving travelers will enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee again this year during the busy travel holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 24th until 6:00am Monday, November 29th.
“Nearly a million people are expected to use Tennessee roadways to visit family and friends this holiday,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “By removing the lane closures from Wednesday until Monday, those travelers will have maximum roadway capacity to help them reach their destinations safely and without delays.” «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee in Motion is a monthly column by Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely
Last week, TDOT opened a new section of State Route 840, the highway that makes a half circle south of Nashville connecting I-40, I-65, and I-24. While the entire State Route 840 is not yet complete, this particular project is symbolic of the dramatic changes TDOT has implemented over the last several years in an effort to become better stewards of the environment. While many of those changes were focused on actual road construction, we have also seen monumental improvements in virtually every aspect of the department’s work.
The controversy over the last sections of SR 840 led to the launch of the Context Sensitive Solutions process, which forms valuable partnerships between TDOT and the citizens of Tennessee. CSS is now being used on a number of large projects across the state. The department has also strengthened its entire public involvement process to ensure our citizens are informed and educated throughout all phases of project development. The result – projects that complement communities; and include the input of residents and stakeholders, as well as adherence to environmental protection measures.
Program to Provide Improved Access to Tennessee Rivers and Streams
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency are excited to announce the launch of a new program designed to improve access to Tennessee’s waterways. The Park and Float Program will increase recreational opportunities across the state by providing parking areas and access points at rivers and streams along the state’s roadways.
Under the Park and Float initiative, TDOT and TWRA established a list of candidate streams and rivers for the program. Some of the locations have been created at existing bridges, while others will be created when a TDOT bridge project is initiated on a stream or river on the Park and Float candidate waters list. Many of the newly created access areas will require minimal construction because bridge projects often have haul roads that will simply be left in place. «Read the rest of this article»
Annual International Aviation Art Contest Open to Youth Ages 6-17
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is inviting Tennessee students age six to 17 to participate in the annual International Aviation Art Contest. This year’s theme is “50 Years of Human Space Flight” and all artwork will be judged, in part, for its creative use of the theme in relation to the aviation world. The deadline for entries is January 14th, 2011.
“In 50 years we’ve gone from watching the first space shuttle take flight to watching and interacting with astronauts inside the International Space Station,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “This contest is designed to motivate and encourage more students to study aeronautics, engineering and science and I have no doubt this year’s contest will produce more national winners from Tennessee.” «Read the rest of this article»
Opening Marks Major Milestone in State’s 2nd Largest Recovery Act Funded Project
Nashville, TN – TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely joined Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, Mayor Karl Dean, State Senator Douglas Henry, and other state and local officials in Nashville to celebrate the opening of the new flyover ramp from Interstate 40 East to Briley Parkway in west Nashville. The $32 million interchange modification project is being totally funded through money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“The Recovery Act is delivering transportation projects that otherwise would have remained on the shelfbooks,” Administrator Mendez said. “Instead of half-finished highways and interchanges, these funds — Recovery Act dollars are bringing projects to completion and making communities more livable all around the country.”
TDOT traffic counts estimate 42,000 vehicles use this interchange each day, in addition to the 100,000 vehicles that travel this stretch of I-40 daily. «Read the rest of this article»
Grant to Fund Restoration of Historic R.J. Corman Bridge
Nashville, TN – Governor Phil Bredesen joined TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely and state and local leaders Tuesday to announce the award of a $1,391,715 transportation enhancement grant to Montgomery County for Phase II of the R.J. Corman Bridge Rehabilitation Project.
The bridge is located on Riverside Drive in downtown Clarksville, near the historic Clarksville Welcome sign. The rehabilitation project will enhance the aesthetic visual quality of the Clarksville River District, improve the bridge’s structural integrity and safety, and will further economic development and urban renewal efforts.
“This bridge is an important piece of Clarksville’s past and its future,” said Bredesen. “I’m pleased we could provide the funds necessary to rehabilitate the bridge and transform it into a beautiful gateway into the city’s historic river district.”
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