Weekly Road Construction Report

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

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 2014.  

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 Saturday, May 3 the contractor will close Manning St. from Coors Dr. to Winchester St. between 8AM-3PM to perform bridge work.  On Wednesday, May 7, the contractor will close the middle left turn lane on Dayton Blvd. to Signal Mtn. Rd. between 9AM-3PM to return the Dayton Blvd./Signal Mtn. Rd. intersection to a single left turn lane.  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.  

SR-58 resurfacing from Lakewood Acres Road (LM. 9.20) to Greenwood Road (LM 14.68):  Work on this project is scheduled to begin during this report period.  Milling and paving operations are limited to Sunday through Thursday nights between 7PM and 6AM.  There will be temporary lane closures as needed on this project.  At least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times.  Estimated completion date is July 2014.  

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 2014.  

 


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