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Knoxville TDOT worker in serious condition after work zone accident

Knoxville TDOT worker in serious condition after work zone accident

A TDOT maintenance worker is in serious condition after being struck by a car Wednesday afternoon.

TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi says Josh Chesney, 34, of Knoxville, was working on US 11E in Jefferson County when the accident happened.  We're still waiting to get details on what caused the accident from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Chesney suffered a broken arm, a broken leg, a cracked pelvis and a fractured skull.  He was flown to UT Medical Center by Lifestar helicopter for treatment.  Nagi says he had surgery on his broken arm last night.

TDOT, public discuss safety changes to Chapman Highway

An East Tennessee road notorious for dangerous, even fatal accidents, could soon be the subject of safety improvements.

Thursday night, TDOT officials held a public forum to discuss changes to Chapman Highway.

"There was a corridor study done back in 2007, and we've been actively looking at spot locations since then where we could add turn lanes or do those low-cost safety improvements," said TDOT District 1 Assistant Regional Director Amanda Snowden. 

She listed ideas of public interest, including rumble strips and additional traffic signals.

Part of Cherokee Trail closed due to flooding

Part of Cherokee Trail closed due to flooding

Cherokee Trail just beyond UT Medical is closed due to flooding and downed trees.

Community calls for highway changes after fatal accident

Community calls for highway changes after fatal accident

After an accident along Chapman Highway last weekend left two people dead and other injured, community members are calling for improvements along what they call a dangerous road.

KNOX: TDOT road construction roundup

KNOX: TDOT road construction roundup

TDOT provides this roundup of East Tennessee road construction every week:

 

KNOX COUNTY, I-140 East and West: On Thursday, August 30, 2012, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews repair bridge joints at various locations. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

Knoxville officials prepare for busy weekends ahead

Knoxville officials prepare for busy weekends ahead

Hundreds of thousands of people will flood Knoxville this weekend for the annual Boomsday and Labor Day activities.

"They're estimating somewhere around 400,000 for the entire event," said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch.

Construction on the Henley Bridge complicates things this holiday weekend, and as crowds fill the city for the weekends to follow.

Knoxville police will be out in force this weekend directing traffic and monitoring drivers.