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.  



Street Closings Announced For The Weekend

Friday:    Nightfall: Friday, from 5:30-11:59 p.m. Market Street from 10th Street to 8th Street will be closed, and ML King Boulevard from Broad Street to Georgia Avenue will be closed.  Sunday :  Chattanooga Market: Sunday, from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Reggie White Boulevard will be closed from the entrance to the skate park ... (click for more)

Downtown Parking Meters Will Be Free On Memorial Day

The Chattanooga Parking Authority has announced downtown parking meters will not be enforced (and need not be paid) on Monday, in honor of Memorial Day. Parking in an unlawful area or manner (bus or loading zones, yellow curb, no parking, handicap space, Fort Wood Residential District, etc.) is enforceable 24 hours/seven days a week. For more information, contact the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Sources Say Domestic Incident Involving Mayor's Aide Came After Husband Confronted Her And Mayor Behind Restaurant; Berke Says Charge "Absolutely False"; Fletcher Says Gave Shelter To Lacie Stone; Case Handled Like Any Other

A domestic disorder involving a top female aide to Mayor Andy Berke was sparked after her husband recently confronted the aide and the mayor in a parked car behind a Mexican restaurant, several sources said.   Mayor Andy Berke said late Tuesday night, "Last weekend a member of my senior staff was the victim of a domestic assault involving her husband. Upon being arrested ... (click for more)

Attorney For Bobby Stone Hits Berke, Fletcher For Commenting On Pending Case

The attorney for Bobby Stone on Wednesday said it was "fundamentally wrong" for Mayor Andy Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher to comment on the case in which Mr. Stone is charged with domestic assault against his wife, Berke advisor Lacie Stone. Attorney Lee Davis said the comments were unfair and "a disservice to the court." Mayor Berke denied any inappropriate contact ... (click for more)

Case Handled Like Any Other? - And Response

It is interesting that Chief Fletcher would deem the handling of the Mayor's encounter as typical or normal. Is the Chief asking the public to believe that all misdemeanor domestic violence arrests include a 4-hour taped interrogation, and delayed reporting after a visit to the Chief’s house. Of course, we believe that Chief Fletcher. April Eidson * * *  I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Christian Schools Bully, Too

Earlier this week, after I shared a story about bullying written by a very brave mother, it opened a floodgate of emails from parents and students who have been forced to endure such madness in our elementary, junior and senior high schools. Discipline is the No. 1 problem in our schools. Because of it, or because of a lack of it, no wonder our children cannot achieve all that ... (click for more)