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.  

HCSO Presents March Car Safety Tip: There's A Tether On My Car Seat?

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is sharing the following information provided by Safe Kids Worldwide, regarding the tether strap on car seats, for their March car safety tip: What is a tether? The tether is the strap with a hook on it coming from the back or the top of your child’s car seat. What does a tether do? When the tether is attached and tightened to the ... (click for more)

Author Victoria Price To Visit Star Line Books With Her Memoir This Thursday

Star Line Books will host memoirist Victoria Price with her book, The Way of Being Lost: A Roadtrip to My Truest Self.  Ms. Price will be at Star Line Books for a discussion and signing of her memoir on Thursday from 6-7 p.m.   Ms. Price delves into her childhood with a doting, famous father and a detrimental, unloving mother. At the age of 49, despite having an outwardly ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)