Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Superload Transport Out of West Kentucky, Now in Tennessee | WPSD 6
A superload truck that was parked in Trigg County for more than a week resumed its slow journey to Mississippi on Monday, making its way out of west Kentucky and into Tennessee. The truck hauling a chemical storage container that's more than 17-feet tall on a 19-axle trailer has been parked in Trigg County, Kentucky, since Feb. 14. Monday, Feb. 24, the truck and its escort of roughly a dozen support vehicles resumed travel.

Superload Heads Back on the Road; Plans to Enter Tennessee This Week | NewsChannel5.com

The Tennessee Department of Transportation approved permits for the load to travel into Tennessee on Tuesday. 
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will host a public meeting on February 27, 2020 to gather public input ...

Search Resumes for Missing Boaters in Tennessee | U.S. News & World Report
Water levels on the Tennessee River, Pickwick Lake and other waterways in the area are high and “extremely dangerous” due to heavy rains in past

Trump Infrastructure Plan Calls for More Federal Spending | ASCE SmartBrief

President Donald Trump has switched from tax incentives to full federal funding to get his $1 trillion infrastructure plan off the ground. The new plan would draw on existing revenue from fuel taxes for most of the cost, but its fate is uncertain in Congress. Full Story: The Associated Press

Opinion

Kustoff's Anti-FloodingPlan Would Help Families Get Ahead | Opinion | Jackson Sun

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Every year people move into homes in communities that constantly flood. Between 1978 and 2018 over $17 billion dollars in paid claims were handed out to people who live in these repeatedly flooded properties, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. This creates a cycle of flooding and repairing that never ends. It also means that people living in these homes can never achieve their goals and move ahead in life.

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

Monday, February 24, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Report: Tennessee Gets an 'A' in Budget Transparency | The Center Square
... “They were the only ones providing information on deferred infrastructure maintenance costs ...

I-24/I-75 Split and US 27 On the Top 100 Worst Bottleneck List | WGOW
The American Transportation Research Institute compiled a list of the 100 worst bottlenecks in the country. Both the I-24/75 split and U.S. 27 highway made the cut.  “We are doing a design build reconstruction project at I-75/ I-24. That is currently underway.” said Spokesperson for Region 2 TDOT Jennifer Flynn.

Lawmaker proposes resolution about fighting Asian carp at our dams | WDEF News 12
... demands that agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers and TVA “aggressively addressing the Asian carp invasion on Tennessee waterways.”

Downstream...

High Water Shuts Down Kentucky Bridge Lights, Ferries | The Waterways Journal
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reported that rising river levels have affected navigational bridge lighting on the Tennessee River, as well as the ...

Here We Go Again | The Waterways Journal
Unlike last year, the Ohio River basin also has a higher risk of flooding, along with the Tennessee River valley. In the upper Midwest, parts of the wet ...

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

Friday, February 21, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Many Dams Across South Have No Emergency Plans | ASCE
SmartBriefMore than 1,000 state- or federally-regulated dams across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi did not have emergency action plans in place as of summer 2018, according to the Associated Press. Recent weather conditions in the region have underscored the need for greater dam safety. Full Story: The Associated Press

The TVA is managing rising water behind 49 dams to avert major flooding, ... fatalities, in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Two Chattanooga interchanges are among Tennessee's worst bottlenecks ... "The infrastructure has not been able to keep up with the migration of ...

Lakes across East Tennessee are nearly full. TVA said tributary lakes like Norris and Douglas are very close, if not at, ...

Group Wants Surface Transportation Board to Encourage Sale of Tennessee Pass Rail Line | Railway Track & Structures
If you can't get what you want, ask the Surface Transportation Board to intervene. KVCN LLC and Colorado Pacific Railroad are asking the Surface ...
On Wednesday, the Tennessee Legislature's transportation committee passed a bill that could lead to the creation of a feasibility study, which would ...

Nashville Moves a Step Closer to Amtrak Service | WSMV Nashville
Tennessee is a virtual Amtrak desert, except for a small branch that skirts Memphis on the way to Chicago. Using existing freight and CSX tracks, the ...

Bridge in Houston County to Be Closed for Repairs | Clarksville Now
The Houston County Highway Department has received a notification from the Tennessee Department of Transportation ...
Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the policy or opinion of TN Infrastructure Alliance, its staff or members.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Two Houses and a Road Collapsed Along the Tennessee River in Hardin County | Jackson Sun
Fissures appeared in a Hardin County road Monday after two houses collapsed along the Tennessee River following days of heavy rainfall. Glendale Road is closed from Chalk Bluff Lane to Small Road as officials wait to see how much of the roadway will be swept away by the continuing landslide. Hardin County Emergency Management Director Melvin Martin said no other properties are at immediate risk, but homes near the river will always be at the mercy of flooding and ground erosion.

Tennessee Home To Six Of The Nation's Top Truck Bottlenecks | Yahoo Finance
"The state of Tennessee has been investing in infrastructure in order to keep our economy on track," said Tennessee Trucking Association President ...

DOT  Wants $1B in Infrastructure Grant Funding | ASCE

The Transportation Department is seeking $1 billion in discretionary grant funding for transportation infrastructure during fiscal 2020. The request was made through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development program.  Full Story: Supply Chain Management Review

Spirit Airlines Investing $11M To Move Operations To Tennessee | Business Facilities Magazine
Spirit Airlines Investing $11M To Move Operations To Tennessee ... The facility will contain robust infrastructure to support significant technology and ...

Congress OKs $25 Million to Fight Asian Carp | Public News Service
Tennessee will receive federal funding to fight Asian carp as part of a $25 million budget appropriation recently passed by ...

Fast Track Remaining Expansion of Tenn. Highway 36 | Johnson City Press
TDOT reports that funding to begin the preliminary design phase is in its next three-year plan up for consideration this year. That means sketches ...

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Spirit Airlines to Move Operational Control Center to Tennessee | AviationPros.com
Spirit Airlines plans to move its operational control center from Miramar, Fla., to Tennessee by early 2021. The airline said the move will involve the transfer of more than 240 jobs at the center, which controls the operations of more than 650 daily flights, including those serving passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport and Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity. The center’s staff is responsible for flight dispatch, crew scheduling, maintenance control, aircraft routing and air traffic control coordination. The relocation to an $11 million, 49,000-square-foot facility in Tennessee’s Williamson County, south of Nashville, is expected to “bolster network resiliency and reduce hurricane and tropical storm risk,” Spirit officials said in a news release.

Senator Bill Powers Calls for Aggressive Action to Address Asion Carp Invasion in Tennessee ... | Clarksville Online

... Corp of Engineers, and other federal authorities to join Tennessee in “aggressively addressing the Asian carp invasion in Tennessee waterways.”.

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

Monday, February 17, 2020

Today's Infrastructure News

Rising Waters, Flooded Roads Raise Concern in Hardin County | WBBJ
Rising waters, flooded roads raise concern in Hardin County ... Emergency officials are urging residents to be safe as the Tennessee River causes ...

Watauga Lake Flooding Causes Safety Hazards & Underwater Roads for Residents | WJHL News 11

Watauga Lake flooding causes safety hazards & underwater roads for ... Bristol, TN's Director of Schools speaks out about questions raised over his ...

Flooding-Related Road Damage Could Cost $250000 in Unicoi County | WCYB

It's expected to cost $250,000 to repair roads damaged by flooding in Unicoi County. Repeat flooding is frustrating ...

Spirit Airlines to Relocate Some Operations to Tennessee | South Florida Business Journal
One of South Florida's largest public companies will move a chunk of its operations to Tennessee. Miramar-based Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) ...

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