TDOT: Work On U.S 27 Progressing Very Well; Finish Set For Feb. 2015

Friday, November 01, 2013

TDOT officials said the major U.S. 27 project between Olgiati Bridge and Signal Mountain Road "is progressing very well" and it is on schedule for a February 2015 completion.

Jennifer Flynn of TDOT said originally the project was slated for a December 2014 completion, but the contractor got a couple of months’ time extension because there was additional work added. Wright Brothers Construction Co., Inc. of Charleston, Tn., is the contractor.

Ms. Flynn said, "Actually, factoring in the time extension, the contractor is ahead of the new schedule.  To date they have completed 66.1 percent of the work and 55.8 percent of the allowed time has passed."

The extension was granted in March.

Original project cost was $102.5 million.  Currently, it is expected to be $105.7 million.

Ms. Flynn said all the retaining walls on the south side of  U.S. 27 have been completed, and the contractor is now working on the walls on the north side as well as the roadway and bridges throughout the project area. 

She said, "As the project has gone on, there have been adjustments to the cost because of extra items that were added to the contract and some necessary modifications that the contractor had to make.  Since the project was let to contract, there have been several new retaining walls added to the project and a couple of the original walls on the project had to be redesigned or modified from the original plans because of changed or unexpected conditions in the field, including finding dirt where you expect to find rock, etc.  That is where both the extra cost and the extra time come in.  

"When the project was designed, some of the new apartments and townhomes had not been constructed.  Some of the new walls were added to ensure slope stability in those areas.  It is not uncommon on a project of this magnitude to have to make some changes or add work as the project progresses." 


Chattanooga Man With 23 Felonies Gets 15 Years In Federal Prison

A Chattanooga man who prosecutors say has 40 prior convictions, including 23 felonies, was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in federal prison. Darien Houston, 43, appeared before Judge Curtis Collier. Prosecutor Chris Poole had asked for the high end of the range - 220 months, saying Houston is a member of the Vice Lords gang. He said the felonies include burglary, possession ... (click for more)

Police Blotter: Thieves Roll Out Of Lookout Valley Walmart With The Goods

Police said thieves in two recent cases carried stacks of goods out of the Lookout Valley Walmart without bothering to pay. In one case, two black females had $313.84 in groceries. They presented a SNAP card, but it was declined. The women, who had the items in two large black purses, then walked out and left in a red Dodge Ram pickup truck. * * * In another case at ... (click for more)

A Slap In The Face To Local Police Applicants

Little Andy has once again shown what he thinks about the Chattanooga Police Department by ignoring all the applicants from within the department. There were several great candidates within the police department that had as much experience as the chosen one from 1,000 miles away. This is a slap in the face for any officer who is at the Chattanooga Police Department who has aspirations ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UAW Voices In Detroit

Today we are going to eavesdrop on somewhat of an open conversation that was held far to the north after the United Auto Workers surprisingly dropped a legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board in Chattanooga the first thing on Monday morning. The NLRB judge certified the VW workers’ February vote to turn away the UAW at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen manufacturing plant ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Soccer Remains Undefeated, Clinches 7-A/AA Regular-Season Title

The Signal Mountain boys’ soccer team did more than just spoil Notre Dame’s senior night on Thursday. After Robert Schorr scored off Graham Eschmann’s throw-in in the opening minute, the Eagles went on to preserve their unbeaten record and secure their first-ever District 7-A/AA regular-season title with a 2-0 victory over the Irish. But even the very early lead wasn’t ... (click for more)

Ninth Inning Rally Gives Lookouts 5-4 Win Over Barons

The Lookouts trailed by a run entering the bottom of the ninth  -- headed for their third consecutive loss. Chattanooga rallied for two runs to pull the game out, 5-4.  Details to follow. (click for more)