Nashville to get new Interstate

I-840 is a new Interstate highway in the Nashville area.  The highway that was state route 840 will be re-signed as I-840 over the next few months, and TDOT expects the work to be done by the end of the year.  They’ve already received federal approval to do so.

I-840 branches off from I-40 near Lebanon and rejoins I-40 near Dickson.  It makes a wide arc through communities to the south of Nashville.  It also crosses I-24 and I-65.

The highway was completed three years ago, but by re-signing the route as an Interstate highway, TDOT is hoping to encourage through traffic to avoid the congested highways in and near downtown Nashville.

Fun fact: Since this Interstate is a bypass (off of I-40), it receives an even-numbered prefix.  Spurs, on the other hand, get an odd-numbered prefix.

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Practice Safe Text

If you drive on highways in Nashville, and your head isn’t buried in your cell phone, you may see one of the winning messages from TDOT’s contest on the dynamic message boards above your head.

Though any of the finalists could be used on the boards, the top five are:

  1. “Turn signals, the original instant messaging.”
  2. “Get the cell off your phone and drive.”
  3. “Practice safe text. Don’t do it while driving.”
  4. “You’re in Tennessee. Volunteer to drive safe.”
  5. “Ain’t nobody got time for a wreck. Slow it down.”

Sadly, none of the winning entries included the word “y’all.”

Earlier: What cory message do you want to see while driving?Give Your Ideas for Highway Sign Boards, Y’all

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What corny message do you want to see while driving?

Last month, TDOT put out a call for ideas for their dynamic highway sign boards.  Now that the entries are in and the worst ones (supposedly) weeded out, they’re calling on the public to exercise their democratic right to choose highway messages (that’s in the Constitution, right?).

The messages range from the erstwhile meme:

BOB DOESN’T SPEED – BE LIKE BOB

To the self-deprecating:

IF YOU TEXT AND DRIVE – YOU MISS THESE – CLEVER SIGNS

To the just-plain-confusing:

YOU’RE IN TENNESSEE – VOLUNTEER – TO DRIVE SAFE

Voting is online at the state’s website until March 1.

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Give Your Ideas for Highway Sign Boards, Y’all

TDOT wants your ideas for clever messages on those sign boards over the highways, called “Dynamic Message Signs.”  I expect lots of entries that somehow incorporate the word “y’all.”  They report:

Last year’s winning entry was, “Texting and driving, Oh cell no!” Other popular messages included, “Eyes on the road and head out of your apps” and “Buckle up y’all. It’s the law”.

Categories that will be considered include “seatbelt usage, impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.”  TDOT continues:

“Last year’s contest was such a huge success,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We were amazed by the amount of creative submissions we received. Several schools expressed an interest in participating, and we’re excited to extend an invitation to students, our future drivers, to help TDOT accomplish our goal of saving lives by getting the attention of drivers and reminding them to practice safe driving habits.”

The contest begins on Tuesday at 4:30 and runs through February 2.  Voting will commence later in February.

Entries can be submitted on TDOT’s contest page.

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