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.  

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