TDOT Enhances Statewide Pavement Repair Initiatives

TDOT invests an additional $15 million in statewide pavement repairs.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is significantly increasing its efforts to repair roads across the state, particularly focusing on damage caused by January’s unprecedented winter storm. A total of 121 projects will benefit from an extra $15 million investment, supplementing the annual budget dedicated to maintaining the state’s roads in good condition. This financial boost comes from accelerated Transportation Modernization Act dollars, which are essential for carrying out these more permanent repair works.

TDOT has divided the projects among four regions, allocating funds as follows:

– Region 1 will see 28 projects with a budget of $3.3 million.

– Region 2 is allocated 43 projects with $2.85 million.

– Region 3 has 33 projects with funding of $4.8 million.

– Region 4 will undertake 17 projects, with $4.05 million set aside for these efforts.

With the arrival of warmer temperatures in spring and early summer, asphalt plants are now producing the hot mix asphalt required for these more durable repairs. The majority of the projects will involve milling, which entails removing the damaged top layer of the road and replacing it with fresh asphalt. Additionally, TDOT plans to perform concrete rehabilitation on two bridges in East Tennessee.

Motorists are advised to expect short-term traffic delays during the repair operations. TDOT aims to conduct most of the work during off-peak hours (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on weekdays) to minimize disruption. However, some lane closures may occur in the late afternoon, evening, and weekends. Drivers are urged to exercise patience and caution, particularly when passing work zones, adhering to the principle of moving over and slowing down to ensure the safety of TDOT crews.

Weather conditions, emergency repairs, or unforeseen incidents may alter the schedule of these repairs. TDOT encourages the public to report any potholes by calling the TDOTFIX Hotline at 833-TDOTFIX or by submitting an online maintenance request form through the TDOT website.

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