Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Finish Line in Sight for State Route 66 Project | Citizen Tribune
After a years-long wait, state Route 66 will soon be open for the public to drive nonstop from Interstate 81 all the way to West Andrew Johnson Highway. “Currently, the expectation is that we would see an opening to four-lane traffic through this section in late October,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Nagi said the contractor is working to complete drainage, concrete curb and island and permanent stabilization items on the remaining 1.6 miles portion of the road. The anticipated opening of the highway comes after years fraught with problems that saw the project delayed repeatedly.

TDOT Teams Head South to Assist with Debris Clean Up in LA | WSMV Nashville
After approval Saturday morning, nine TDOT Strike Force teams consisting of 40 employees in total will begin working Sunday morning in Crowley...

TDOT Crews Deployed to Louisiana to Help with Debris Removal Following Hurricane Laura | WKRN News 2
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) crews from the Knoxville area are on the way to help cleanup after ...

Tennessee River Environmental Studies Could Lead To More Asian Carp Barriers | The Waterways Journal
The fish are dangerous, injuring people and damaging valuable equipment when they jump out of the water, leading to the decimation of native sport ...

Opinion

US Transportation in Crying Need of Congressional Action | ASCE SmartBrief
The nation's Highway Trust Fund stands to run out of money if Congress doesn't act by the end of this month, leaving thousands of jobs in jeopardy. Congress also faces a Sept. 30 deadline for extending the Payroll Support Program, the lack of which could severely cripple airlines, while transit programs in general are in urgent need of further federal help. Full Story: Roll Call


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Friday, August 28, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Tennessee River Environmental Studies Could Lead To More Asian Carp Barriers | The Waterways Journal
The fish are dangerous, injuring people and damaging valuable equipment when they jump out of the water, leading to the decimation of native sport ...

Dunbar Cave Road Closing for 45 Days to Replace Failing Bridge | ClarksvilleNow.com
Drivers used to taking Dunbar Cave Road as a cut-through to work or school will have to find another way to go starting Sept. 1 and lasting for 45 days.

Allegiant Announces Seven New Routes | AviationPros
Allegiant on Aug. 27, announces seven new nonstop routes, including three new routes to Florida and two to Palm Springs, California. Also, after a short hiatus, Allegiant will extend its seasonal route connecting Nashville, Tennessee and Bozeman, Montana where travelers are taking advantage of the great outdoors, including Yellowstone National Park.

Across the State Line

Senator Urges New Deal-Scale Plan for Infrastructure | ASCE SmartBrief
Federal help on the scale of the New Deal targeting the nation's infrastructure is a solution to the national "jobs crisis," according to Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. He says something like the Great Depression-era Works Progress Administration could generate jobs and help repair the nation's crumbling highways, locks and dams. Full Story: Beaver County Times

Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the policy or opinion of TN Infrastructure Alliance, its staff or members.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

State Closed Road to Repair Slope Failure | Erwin Record
According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the work began on Monday, Aug. 17. SR 34 (US 19W) will be closed... “That spot has had slides before and they are coming in to top off that hill and widen it out some to help prevent future slides,”

Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the policy or opinion of TN Infrastructure Alliance, its staff or members.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Today's Infrastructurre News

Five States Tap Real-Time Data to Improve Roadway Safety | StateScoop
Louisiana, Oregon and Tennessee signed contracts with the company ... streams on traffic congestion that the states' transportation departments say ...

Connected car and transportation analytics company Inrix has announced that five new state departments of ... Tennessee DOT, Oregon DOT, and Louisiana DOTD have joined a growing number of states relying upon Inrix as their ...
A new mass-transit plan, totaling $1.5 billion over 10 years or more, is being finalized within Nashville Mayor John ...

TDOT Inspects Bridges Along Interstate 26 | Kingsport Times News
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is inspecting interstate bridges this week in Sullivan County. On Monday, workers were ...

Across the State Line

Sept. Forum to Discuss Infrastructure | ASCE SmartBrief
Effects of the pandemic as well as innovation, public-private partnerships and funding for surface transportation are among the topics on the agenda for an infrastructure advocacy forum taking place Sept. 14-21. The "United for Infrastructure" event will bring together businesses, unions, associations, think tanks and elected officials. Full Story: Transport Topics

Work Begins on Fla. Rapid Bus Line
 | ASCE SmartBrief
Construction has begun on the first bus rapid transit line in the Tampa, Fla., region. The $44 million line is scheduled to open in early 2022, linking St. Petersburg and area beaches with a 10.3-mile dedicated bus lane and 16 stops. Full Story: Tampa Bay Times

Plan Aims to Mitigate Flooding in Texas Watershed
 | ASCE SmartBrief
Officials in the Houston area have come up with 16 long-term solutions valued at roughly $3 billion to mitigate flooding from the San Jacinto River and related waterways. The San Jacinto Regional Watershed Master Drainage Plan, which likely will be finished this fall, is expected to call for long-term solutions such as stormwater detention basin excavation. Full Story: Houston Chronicle

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

TDOT, TDEC Seeing 'Massive Increase' in PPE Litter | WDEF News 12
...But, after they’re used it seems they’re not being thrown away properly. “The Department of Transportation and TDEC have been seeing a massive increase in PPE, personal protective equipment litter,” Keep Tennessee Beautiful Executive Director Missy Marshall said. Marshall said they’re seeing items like single-use masks, gloves and hand sanitizer bottles. “We’re seeing more of this on the roadways and parking lots of businesses such as grocery stores and home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s,” she said.

Masks, Gloves Being Littered in Tenn.; Campaign Encourages Proper Disposal of PPE  | NewsChannel5.com
The Tennessee Department of Transportation has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Environment ...

PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED TO REDUCE LITTER AND IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF PPE | tn.gov
The partnership will feature a series of social media posts highlighting proper PPE disposal and TDOT's “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” litter prevention ...

No Injuries rReported After SUV Flips into Sinkhole in Jefferson City; US 11 E Shut Down | WBIR.com
The other is near Mossy Creek Road, according to TDOT. It opened up around 4 p.m. on Sunday. US 11E is closed near Mossy Creek Road in ...

One Lane Reopens Following Large Sinkhole on US 11 East in Jefferson City | WVLT.TV
The Tennessee Department of Transportation said crews worked overnight Sunday into Monday after a large sinkhole ...

Mayor John Cooper's New $1.5 Billion Transportation Plan Advances | The Tennessean
The demand for more reliable and accessible public transit will likely continue to grow as the region's population swells. Middle Tennessee is .

Nashville Developer Sues Metro Water In Case With Wide Implications | The Patch
A prominent East Nashville developer is in litigation with the Metro Water Department over who should pay for infrastructure repairs to the pipes in the public right-of-way. At face value, it's a small dollar lawsuit by Metro standards. ...If McGavock Pike Partners win the lawsuit, Metro could be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. At issue is a city ordinance that specifies water infrastructure repairs in the right-of-way should be paid by the city. The ordinance specifically states that it does not apply to water lines for fire suppression. But there's no corresponding ordinance that addresses who should pay for fire line repairs

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Rule Would Add Broadband to Highway Rights of Way | ASCE SmartBrief
Highway rights of way, which commonly include utility infrastructure, could have usage expanded to include broadband technology under a rule proposed by the Federal Highway Administration. The proposal is intended to expand rural access to broadband by allowing coordination with construction projects and reducing a need for repeated excavation. Full Story: AASHTO Journal 

Transit Agencies Get More Latitude for Joint Projects | ASCE SmartBrief
Regional transit agencies pursuing projects with funding from the Federal Transit Administration have gained greater leeway to cooperate with developers on projects that benefit transit systems and communities. The rule dilutes the FTA's authority over such joint projects. Full Story: Railway Age online 

Across the State Line

Denver Roadways Plan Demotes Cars
 | ASCE SmartBrief
Denver's new transportation plan gives priority to pedestrians and cyclists over motorists. The plan includes traffic-slowing speed bumps and traffic circles as well as more shared streets blocked off to cars. Full Story: KUSA-TV (Denver)

Autonomous Vehicle Lanes Planned for Mich. Corridor
 | ASCE SmartBrief
Autonomous vehicles will eventually be able to travel on dedicated lanes from Detroit to Ann Arbor on the Michigan Connected Corridor, according to project plans unveiled by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The initial phase of the project will be located along Michigan Avenue and I-94 in Detroit and take two years to complete. Full Story: WDIV-TV (Detroit)


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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

TDOT Projects Move Forward During COVID-19 Pandemic | Overton County News
Reduced traffic over the past several weeks has also allowed TDOT crews to perform additional maintenance to interstates and state highways and ...

Mountain City Awarded Funds for Water Infrastructure | WCYB
The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded $1,501,400 to Mountain City, Tennessee through its Economic Development ...

Across the State Line

Texas to Replace 2 Bridges with Expedited Method | ASCE SmartBrief
Texas is planning its first use of accelerated bridge construction to replace two 50-year-old bridges on Interstate 635 in Balch Springs. It should take a single weekend to replace each bridge, with decks built off-site in pieces and hoisted into place after demolition of the existing structures. Full Story: Equipment World

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Fiber Optic Sensors from Luna Innovations Help Monitor Structural Integrity of New Composite Bridge | Business Wire
The Morgan County demonstration bridge in north central Tennessee will replace a damaged, decades-old concrete bridge. County officials are ...


Composite Bridge Offers Low-Cost Solution for Rural Tennessee County  | Construction Equipment Guide
The Morgan County demonstration bridge has caught the attention of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), a supporter of accelerated ... 

High-performance Composites Bridge Offers Cost-effective, Rapid Solution for Rural Tennessee | Manchestertimes
It is all part of a privately funded infrastructure project aimed at demonstrating fiber-reinforced polymer composite materials, or FRPs, as a fast and ...

City of Oak Ridge Takes Control of Proposed Airport Project | Oak Ridger
A proposed General Aviation Airport in Oak Ridge is now a city project. The vote to adopt the airport as a city project was ...

Across the State Line

Bill Would Offer Federal Grants for Bridge Work | ASCE SmartBrief
The National Bridge Replacement and Improvement Act introduced in the House would address the nation's structurally deficient bridges with a federal grant program. The goal of the bill is to help the Transportation Department eliminate its bridge project backlog by 2032. Full Story: Transportation Today

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Tennessee to Deploy New Smart Highway System | StateTech Magazine
Brad Freeze, TDOT's traffic operations division director, says there are big goals for the initiative. The first is to save lives and improve safety on the I-40 ...
Tennessee state officials are touting the early completion of the I-440 ... is a perfect example of the importance of investing in our infrastructure,”

Nashville Organization Working to Solve Transit Funding Challenge Amid Pandemic | WSMV 
Since the pandemic began, WeGo has seen its ridership cut in half. Now empty seats on WeGo busses and star trains ...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

TDOT Contractor to Complete New Traffic Pattern on I 75 North at the I 24 West Split in ... | TN.gov
As part of the I-75/I-24 design-build interchange modification project in Hamilton County, TDOT contract crews will complete ...

TRIP: Highways Face Congestion, Overuse, Deterioration | ASCE SmartBriefFrom 2000 to 2018, vehicle travel on US interstate highways increased 25%, but total lane miles on the highway system increased by 9%, according to a report by TRIP. Pavements on 11% of interstate highways are in poor or mediocre condition, and 27% of interstate bridges need to be fixed or replaced, TRIP says. Full Story: ForConstructionPros

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