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Contractor crews began a project Sept. 8 to replace the bridge on U.S. Highway 64 over the Ocoee River in Tennessee's Polk County. The site is in the mountains of the Cherokee National Forest at the state's southeastern border, near the Georgia and North Carolina state lines.

Nashville, Tenn.'s exhilarating growth has provided immense benefits to the region. The flip side of all that expansion, however, is that traffic has increased by a whopping 60 percent since 2005 along the area of I-24 that connects Nashville southeast to Murfreesboro, the fastest growing city in Tennessee.

The now nearly $19.2 million Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) slide repair project begun just over a year ago on U.S. Highway 41 in Marion County has been delayed again, due to another wintertime swamping by Mother Nature. A change order for additional repairs was awarded May 28, leading the TDOT to now estimate the project will be completed at the end of October.

As part of the bridge replacement project on I-24 in Chattanooga, contract crews for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in late May began pile driving operations during daytime hours for bridge foundations on Germantown Road over the interstate.

Construction is under way on an interchange improvement project on Interstate 24 at Hickory Hollow Parkway in Nashville. The current interchange at Exit 60 is a partial-access facility, which was constructed to accommodate the Hickory Hollow Mall area in the 1970s.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) recently replaced two bridges in Memphis. The bridges, which sat over Poplar Ave. at I-240, were built more than 60 years ago. Through TDOT's $54 million project, known as MemFix 4, both were recently replaced, the Memphis Business Journal reported.

A $17.6 million project that will reduce congestion at one of Tennessee's busiest intersections remains on track in Murfreesboro. The work involves separating the intersection of state Route 1 (Broad Street) and state Route 10/96 (Memorial Boulevard/Old Fort Parkway) in Rutherford County, and calls for a new bridge on Memorial Boulevard, which will create an overpass over Broad Street.

Crews broke ground last week on the $809.2 million Harbor Bridge replacement project, a structure that, by 2020, will will be the new link from downtown Corpus Christi to North Beach and attractions like the U.S.S. Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, announced the finalists in the 2016 America's Transportation Awards competition. Twelve projects from 10 state departments of transportation are competing for the national Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award.