Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: 

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.  Work has progressed well on the new permanent two lane free-flow ramp to Signal Mountain Road from U.S. 27 North.  The concrete has been poured and must be allowed to cure for several days.  Once it is tested and approved to efficiently carry traffic, the contractor will seal the concrete, complete shoulder and tie-in work, install permanent signs, and place permanent pavement markings.  After this work is successfully accomplished, traffic will be shifted to the new ramp, tentatively scheduled to take place one night during this report period.  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.  Currently, the contractor is completing tying in side roads to the main road and laying sod throughout the project.  As soon as temperatures allow, the contractor will place permanent thermoplastic pavement markings on the roadway.  Once all this work is done, 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 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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