Tennessee

State and local officials say construction will soon begin in Chattanooga, Tenn., on another multi-million-dollar modification project on Interstate 24. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) said Oct. 6 that it recently awarded a contract for $31.9 million to Wright Brothers Construction Company Inc.

Ritchason Auctioneers, a family owned and operated business since 1989, has seen record attendance numbers in its most recent auctions: July's online-only brought in more than 400 bidders, while the company's onsite auction on Sept. 12 brought in a total of more than 900 bidders, including 345 online.

In the clay mining business, you must have dependable trucks. That's why Keith Radford, owner of KR Trucking in Gleason, Tenn., leases his 20 off-highway articulated dump trucks (ADTs) and purchases extended warranties. Since Radford and his dad Kenneth founded KR Trucking in 2002, the company has grown from five to 66 employees.

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.

After bringing his wife with him to Knoxville, Tenn., Harry Hernandez decided that having lived and worked in his native Venezuela, as well as Florida, eastern Tennessee was the best place for his young family to grow and thrive. He also found Knoxville a good place to locate another branch of his prospering multi-state salvage operation, locally known as Tennessee Auto Salvage & Recycling.

Construction in middle Tennessee continues to push forward, enabling Thompson Machinery, the local Caterpillar dealer, to invest $15 million in Thompson's Station, Tenn. Even with a presidential election looming, global economic uncertainty and national social unrest, Nashville and its surrounding counties continue to be the darling of the southeast for new residential and commercial construction investment.

Asphalt is all around. It paves the way for us to get to where we are going, whether it is for work or play. As president of Crown Paving in Greenbrier, Tenn., Jessica Blackburn understands the importance of efficiency and quality. It's why clients such as McDonalds, Holiday Inn and Nashville International Airport chose Crown Paving for asphalt paving, concrete and repair solutions.

A damaged, decades-old concrete bridge just off a narrow, curvy rural road in north central Tennessee's Morgan County will soon come down, and a low-cost, low-maintenance, technologically advanced composites bridge deck system with a 100-year lifespan will take its place.

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.

Contractor's Machinery (CMI), a Case heavy duty equipment dealer with store locations in both Knoxville and Tri-Cities, Tenn., has officially become a Toro Siteworks dealer. CMI will carry the Toro Dingo series of compact utility loader products and attachments.

Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) Week was held across the nation by the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), and as part of that event the association's Middle Tennessee Chapter held its first TSSD Week Contest. The contest was motivation for local companies to participate in this innovative educational opportunity that teaches thousands of construction industry employees the simple message, "be safe around trenches." The winner of the Middle Tennessee Chapter's 2020 TSSD Week Contest is Civil Constructors LLC.