Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

U.S. 41 (SR-8, Ringgold Road) grading, drainage and paving at the intersection of I 75 South off-ramp (LM 1.07) at Exit 1:  The majority of work on this project has been completed.  During this report period, the contractor will be installing overhead signs that may require short duration lane closures on the ramp.  Work will take place during non-peak daytime hours on Mondays through Saturdays.  At least one lane on the ramp will remain open at all times.  If needed during this work, the contractor will open lanes to alleviate any backups that may occur on I-75.  THP and flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is January.   

U.S. 27 (SR-29) reconstruction project from Manufacturers Road (Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River) to U.S. 127 (SR-8, Signal Mountain Road/Boulevard):  Weather permitting, the contractor will have lane closures throughout the project area on weeknights to perform road work.  On Sunday, between the hours of 6 a.m.-7 p.m., the contractor will shift traffic onto the new northbound Signal Mountain Road exit ramp.  The temporary exit ramp to Signal Mountain Road will be closed permanently.  The northbound Dayton Boulevard exit ramp will also be closed to allow the contractor to reconstruct the new bridge.  As a result, Signal Mountain traffic and Dayton Boulevard traffic northbound will both be routed onto the new roadway alignment to a signalized intersection at Signal Mountain Road.  From there, either a left turn to Dayton Boulevard or a right turn to Signal Mountain Road can be made.  Motorists are urged to be alert to these new changes and follow the signs as they adjust to the new traffic pattern.  Should this work be postponed, it will be scheduled to take place the next available day.  Additionally, the contractor will also be working on retaining walls and bridges throughout the project area.  During nighttime work, at least one lane will remain open in each direction.  THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is February 2015.   

Shallowford Road widening project from Gunbarrel Road to Jenkins Road, including grading drainage, and paving:  Work continues on this project.  The contractor will be paving during this report period as weather and temperatures permit.  Drivers are urged to be alert and to obey all traffic signs.  Flaggers will be in place to assist with traffic control as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is January.   

Construction of a State Industrial Access route serving Volkswagen Group of America, including grading, drainage and paving:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor is in the process of clearing and taking care of environmental measures in order to start on road and drainage.  Traffic will not be impacted at this time therefore, no lane closures are needed.  Estimated project completion date is September. 

I-75 from MM 13.9 to MM 25.3 expansion of Chattanooga SmartWay Intelligent Traffic System:  Work on this project continues.  There will be daytime shoulder closures throughout the project area as the contractor performs work for future traffic cameras and dynamic message signs.  Estimated completion date is May.  


Vehicle Testing Centers To Close For 4th Of July Weekend

All vehicle emissions testing centers in Hamilton County will close on Friday and Saturday in celebration of Independence Day.   Austin Road and Eastgate Loop locations will resume testing on  Tuesday,  and Riverfront Parkway and Bonnyshire Drive locations will resume testing on Monday. Normal hours of operation are listed below.   “Planning ... (click for more)

Family Camp Out Event Scheduled For July 8-10 At Chester Frost Park

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Read 20, will present a Great American Campout Celebration Mini Camp and Family Camp Out July 8-10 at Chester Frost Park. Daily minicamp is for campers and their parents or guardians ages 5-10. There are two sessions: ages 5-7 (with parent of guardian present) is 10 a.m.-noon and ages 8 -10 is 2-4 ... (click for more)

Circuit Court Clerk's Office Hit With New Scam

Circuit Court Clerk Larry Henry said his office has been hit by another scam. He said a number of county residents are getting calls saying it is from a collection agency and they owe money through his General Sesssions Court civil division. Circuit Court Clerk Henry said, "These people are saying that if you do not pay up, you will be prosecuted and the sheriff will come ... (click for more)

Athens, Tn., Doctor, Wife, Daughter Die In Crash Of Small Plane That Hit House Near Boston

An Athens,Tn., physician, his wife and college-age daughter died Sunday evening in the crash of a small plane that struck a house 30 miles southwest of Boston on Sunday evening. The victims were Dr. Joseph Rick Kalister, the emergency room director at Starr Regional Medical Center's Athens campus, wife, Betty, and their daughter. The doctor and his wife were en route for a ... (click for more)

Six Commissioners Owe Us An Explanation - And Response (2)

Two-thirds of the Hamilton County Commission owe us an explanation as to why they feel it appropriate to take $900,000 of our money out of savings to spend on whatever suits their fancy, oversight be darned.  Those six commissioners are: Randy Fairbanks (D-1), Jim Fields (D-2), Warren Mackey (D-4), Sabrena Turner-Smedley (D-7), Tim Boyd (D-8), and Chester Bankston (D-9).  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Tonight, Take A Second

Peter Whibberley, known globally as “The Time Lord,” will freely tell anyone, “There are consequences of tinkering with time,” but tinker we must because the world – planet Earth -- is spinning slower. So tonight at 7:59:60 p.m. EDT, the Senior Research Scientist at Britain’s National Physical Laboratory will add an extra second to the hour – and our day -- before it becomes 8:00 ... (click for more)