Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

Friday at 10 p.m. through Monday at 6 a.m. in Hamilton County-I-24 East at Exit 184 (Moore Road).  The contractor will continue concrete repair work on the on-ramp to I-24 East from South Terrace Road and the Moore Road off-ramp from I-24 East at Exit 184, requiring closure of the ramps.  There may be times that a portion of the lane adjacent to the ramp will be closed during this work.  Message boards and overhead signs will be used to inform motorists of the closures.  Detours will be marked.  THP will assist with traffic control during this work. 

I-24 resurfacing project from the end of Tennessee River Bridge at Nickajack Lake in Marion County near mile marker 161 extending through Hamilton County to the Georgia State Line near mile marker 167, including bridge deck repair:  Work continues on this project.  This is a nighttime paving operation, and work will occur on both sides of the interstate simultaneously.  Milling and paving operations requiring interstate lane closures are limited to Sunday through Thursday nights between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.  However, there are at least four weekends when the contractor will be allowed to have lane weekend lane closures to perform concrete bridge deck repairs, which they have scheduled for this report period.  From Friday at 10 p.m. until Monday at 6 a.m., the contractor will have interstate lane closures for concrete bridge deck repairs on I-24 in the area between mile markers 162 and 163 in Marion County.  Crews will begin their bridge deck repair work on I-24 West, and, if time allows, they will work on the bridges on I-24 East.  Although one lane will remain open to traffic at all times during the weekend bridge deck repair operations, a major traffic impact is expected during this work.  THP will assist with traffic control as necessary during interstate lane closures.

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:  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):  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 Thursday night, April 10 the contractor will close the U.S. 27 South entrance ramp from Dayton Blvd. to collect soil samples and the left lane of U.S. 27 North between the Olgiati Bridge and Manning Street to pour diaphragms for the bridge over Manning Street.  On the nights of Friday and Saturday and Monday through Wednesday the contractor will close the U.S. 27 North and South left lanes between the Olgiati Bridge and Manning Street, as well as Coors Drive, to set bridge girders on the bridge over Coors Drive.  All work is weather permitting.  If this work is cancelled due to weather, it will be rescheduled to take place on the next available day.  THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is February 2015. 

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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Citizen Safety Coalition Workshop Is Saturday

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Howard Simmons, 47, Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

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Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)