Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, March 27, 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:  Work has resumed on this project.  A temporary lane closure is possible on the off-ramp.  Traffic on I-75 southbound should not be affected.  THP and flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is April.  

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):  During this report period the contractor will be paving on Signal Mountain Road during daylight hours.  One lane in each direction will remain open and flaggers will assist with traffic control if required.  The contractor will work around rush hour as paving proceeds.  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.  The new permanent two lane free-flow lane to Signal Mountain Road from U.S. 27 North is open to traffic.  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:  Shallowford Road is now open to traffic.  As soon as possible, TDOT engineers will make a final inspection of the project after which the contractor will address any punchlist items that are found during the final inspection.  Because workers will still be in the construction zone, 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 April.  

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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