Weekly Road Construction Report

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

In observance of the Easter holiday period, TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires interstate lane closures beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. through Monday at 6 a.m.

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 the nights of Monday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 22, the contractor will close the U.S. 27 South entrance ramp from Dayton Blvd. to drill soil samples for lighting foundations. On the night of Tuesday, April 22 the contractor will close the left lane of U.S. 27 South between the Olgiati Bridge and Manning Street to pour diaphragms for the bridge over Manning Street.  On the night of Wednesday, April 23 the contractor will close the left lane of U.S. 27 North and South in the same area, along with Manning Street itself, to pour the bridge deck for the bridge over Manning Street.  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 and short term nighttime outside lane 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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