TDOT Awards Emergency Repair Contract For SR-153 Ramp In Hamilton County

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Tennessee Department of Transportation opened bids and awarded a contract on Friday for the emergency repair of the State Route 153 ramp from Access Road/Lake Resort Drive to SR-153 North that has been closed since Jan. 6 because of pavement failure. The contract was awarded to Highways, Inc. of Brentwood, Tn., for the amount of $455,346.25. 

Work will begin on Monday, and the target date for reopening the ramp is Friday, Feb. 7.

Because the contractor will have to excavate and rebuild the entire slope and roadway, it will require the total closure of the ramp during the work.  This includes both the on-ramp to SR-153 North that has been closed as well as the off-ramp from SR-153 to Access Road/Lake Resort Drive, which has until now remained open.  Once work commences after 9 a.m. on Monday, traffic will be unable to access the area until work is completed.  Signed detour routes will be in place.

For travel information visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5-1-1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511.  

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.


Michael Ford Sentenced To More Than 13 Years In Prison On Drug Charges

Michael Shawn Ford has been sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison on drug charges. On April 20, 2105, Ford was arrested at his house in East Ridge. Police found him hiding in the closet with a laundry bag which contained a loaded pistol and 7.9 grams of crystal meth. Officers said that two backpacks were found in the same bedroom, one with 257.3 grams of crystal meth ... (click for more)

Siedlecki Says Taxes Have Gone Up For Many

Democratic assessor of property candidate Mark Siedleck said taxes have gone up for many county residents. He said, "My opponent Commissioner Marty Haynes continues to lie to Hamilton County voters about our property taxes. His false claims that he hasn’t raised taxes on anyone continue to fall on deaf ears. He’s hoping you won’t listen to the facts and will be fooled into voting ... (click for more)

Olympic Events On The Ocoee River Made History – But It Wasn’t Easy

It started with a simple “what if” question while Atlanta officials were working on a bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.  A group of amateur kayakers from the city began asking themselves: “What if Atlanta’s bid is successful? Then where would the Olympic whitewater canoe and kayak races be held?”  To some of the members of that group, the answer was obvious. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mr. Siedlecki, Sit Down!

This is a personal thing but one of my pet peeves is the little advertising stickers I sometimes find on the top of the front page of my newspaper. An editor at the newspaper has already determined a bit of news he or she feels I should read. And then the sticker covers it up so I have to peel it off before I can read “All the news that is fit to print.” As I groveled over my ... (click for more)

Lookouts Get Walk-Off Win Over Smokies Thursday, 4-3

With the score tied at three with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Lookouts outfielder Zack Granite singled home Edgar Corcino to give the team with 4-3 walk-off win over the Smokies.   Tied going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Corcino led off with his second hit of the game. He advanced to second base on a bunt. A Levi Michael single pushed Corcino to third ... (click for more)

TSSAA Sets Future Division I, Division II Classifications

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has released the minutes from Wednesday’s meeting in Hermitage pertaining to football classification period for the 2017-18 and run through 2020-2021 1.  Roll Call 2.  Division I and Division II Classification The Board of Control voted the following for the classification period that ... (click for more)