Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Here is the weekly road construction report:

U.S. 41 (SR-8, Ringgold Rd.) 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 March.  

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.  On Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. the contractor will be re-striping the roadway and ramps on U.S. 27 to brighten the worn pavement markings in the construction zone.  The work is needed due to all the recent weather that has worn the markings significantly.  The striping of the roadway will be a mobile operation and should be completed quickly.  There will be lane closures for the entire project limits both northbound and southbound during the daylight hours to re-install missing raised pavement markers, which will be the most time-consuming portion of the work.  The majority of the ramps will also require some re-striping, so motorists should anticipate some delays as the ramps are done.  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 March.   

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.  

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