Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, February 20, 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.  There will be no work during this report period.  In the future, the contractor will be installing a traffic signal at the top of 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.  THP and flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is February. 

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 may have lane closures throughout the project area on weeknights to perform road work.  They 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.  During this report period, there will be temporary nightly closures of the Manufacturers Road interchange area to install drainage structures.  The closures will be in effect each night from Thursday through Saturday, between the hours of 9 p.m.-5 a.m. the following morning.  Additionally, the contractor will temporarily close the Dayton Boulevard entrance ramp to U.S. 27 South on Saturday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. to pour the bridge deck over the ramp.  As part of this work the contractor may have to close the right lane on U.S. 27 North throughout the construction zone.  Traffic has now been shifted onto the new northbound Signal Mountain Road exit ramp.  As a result, traffic accessing Signal Mountain Road and Dayton Boulevard from U.S. 27 North is now routed onto the new ramp that ends in a signalized intersection at Signal Mountain Road. The signal-controlled intersection as it is currently configured is only temporary while a new permanent two lane free-flow lane to Signal Mountain Road is constructed.  The work to complete these new free flowing lanes is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.  Meanwhile, we will continue to monitor the traffic and make adjustments to the signal timing along with whatever other temporary improvements we can make to move traffic as smoothly as possible during this phase of the project.  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 February.   

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.  

Dalton Police Department Welcomes New Officer, Tyler Hammontree

The Dalton Police Department welcomed a new officer to the ranks on Tuesday morning when the Public Safety Commission voted unanimously to confirm the appointment of Officer Tyler Hammontree. Officer Hammontree is a 2003 graduate of Northwest Whitfield High School. He graduated from Shorter College in Rome with a bachelor’s degree in 2008. Officer Hammontree started his law ... (click for more)

Reflections Gallery Has Artist Reception Nov. 3

Reflections Gallery will host an open house and artist reception on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5-7 p.m.  The artists, Don Hill Ellyn Bivin and Peggy Creswell will be at the reception.  The reception is free and open to the public, with wine and hors d'oeuvres to enjoy while browsing. Reflections Gallery is at 6922 Lee Hwy.  (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

Gang Member, 22, Shot In The Arm On Wilcox Boulevard Early Tuesday Morning

A 22-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 1800 block of Wilcox Boulevard early Tuesday morning. Just after midnight, Chattanooga Police responded to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police located Jakobi Buthelezi Johnson suffering from a very minor, single gunshot wound. Hamilton County EMS transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. The victim ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Southerners Sing

Barry Norris plays the organ at Birmingham’s East Lake United Methodist Church and two days ago the church hosted what we used to call “A Singing on the Grounds.” Today it is called a “Hymnfest” and, believe it or not, it is has to be just as fun today as it was 100 years ago when our forefathers tied their horse and wagon to a tree. It just so happens I know a little bit about ... (click for more)