Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

I-24 and I-75 resurfacing project:  I-24 resurfacing from west of Spring Creek Rd. (MM 185) to I-75 (MM 185.7); I-75 resurfacing from the Georgia State Line (MM 0.00) to south of Chickamauga Creek (MM 1.91):  Work continues on this project.  Any work requiring lane closures is limited to Sunday through Thursday nights between 9 p.m.-6 a.m.  THP will be present to assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  Estimated project completion is June.   

I-75 North at Exit 3A miscellaneous safety improvements at the northbound off ramp to SR 320 (East Brainerd Road):  Work continues on this project.  The contractor may have short term lane closures as needed.  Flaggers will be on site to help with traffic control.  At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times. Estimated project completion date is May. 

U.S. 27 (SR-29) reconstruction project from Manufacturers Road (Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River) to U.S. 127 (SR-8, Signal Mountain Boulevard):  Weather permitting, the contractor will have lane closures throughout the project area on weeknights from 7 p.m.-6 a.m. to perform road work.  They will also be working on retaining walls and bridges throughout the project area.  Should inclement weather prevent work from being performed, it will be rescheduled to take place at the earliest possible time.  During nighttime work, at least one lane will remain open in each direction.  Beginning on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and ending by 7a.m. on Saturday morning, the contractor will perform a traffic shift to move traffic to the newly-constructed southbound traffic lanes.  During the traffic shift, the southbound Manufacturer’s Road ramps will require periodic and possibly extended closures during the night to prepare for the new traffic pattern.  Once completed, traffic will shift from the previously-closed Whitehall Road slip ramp to the Manning Street Bridge.  The new southbound entrance and exit ramps at Manufacturer’s Road will also be opened with a new traffic signal in place.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent this traffic shift from occurring as scheduled, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible.  Overhead signs and message boards will be used to prepare drivers of the impending traffic shift and traffic pattern change as well as to assist with the safety of motorists and construction personnel.  THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is December 2014.   

Shallowford Road widening project from Gunbarrel Road to Jenkins Road, including grading drainage, and paving: The contractor has installed temporary paving for a detour.  They have 300 ft. of pipe remaining to install, and they are performing grade work on the north side of the project in preparation for permanent paving.  This work will be performed during the day on weekdays only.  Flaggers will be in place to assist with traffic control.  Estimated project completion date is September.  



Priceless Pets Continues Saturday at the Walker County Animal Shelter

The Walker County Animal Shelter had 124 people visit the shelter and adopt 12 dogs and 14 cats on their first day of the free adoption promotion "Priceless Pets." "Among those adopted was the longest resident in the shelter, a dog that had been with us since December.  We still have plenty of dogs for the second day of our event, but will only have a few kittens," ... (click for more)

Gatlinburg Wildfires: The TDOT Story

With the six month anniversary of the Gatlinburg Wildfires on Sunday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation  would like to share its story about the heroes who worked tirelessly to save the lives of others on Nov. 28, 2016, in Sevier County. "TDOT’s official role during the crisis was to clear the roadways. This was critical for emergency crews to get to the impacted ... (click for more)

Richard Anderson, 29, Struck And Killed While Trying To Cross Highway 153

Richard Anderson II, 29, was killed Friday night, while trying to cross Highway 153.   Chattanooga Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian struck.   A Honda Civic driven by Kelsey Hamilton, 20, was traveling southbound on Highway 153 in the middle lane with other traffic in adjacent lanes.   Mr. Anderson, wearing ... (click for more)

Eppard, 32, Charged With Aggravated Statutory Rape After 17-Year-Old He Was Living With Has Baby

Police have charged 32-year-old Anthony John Eppard with aggravated statutory rape after the 17-year-old girl he was living with had a baby. Officers were called to a civil dispute on Hillsview Drive on March 8. It was then found that the girl was living at the residence. She could not supply the name of next of kin or a legal guardian. The girl was placed in state custody, ... (click for more)

Silence Ain’t Golden Anymore

There are times – moments – in life that you never forget. That night in 1972, sleeping over at my buddy Bart’s house, was one of them. We had been to a middle school concert and his big brother was in the band (very cool stuff for a 14-year-old!) and as we lay on the floor in our sleeping bags in Bart’s room he said he wanted to play a record that his brother listened to. And, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Prove No Improvement

The startling news that this year’s standardized testing was wasted on graduating seniors across Tennessee is most unsettling. This week it was learned the test results, which were to represent 10 percent of our seniors’ final grades, was a total bust. Coupled with last year’s gargantuan testing failure – the whole effort had to be scrapped -- it is now becoming realized that for ... (click for more)