Beginning Wednesday, and continuing through Saturday, between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. each evening, Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will demolish the old exit ramp bridge from U.S. 27 North to Dayton Boulevard. Because the bridge passes over Dayton Boulevard, traffic will be restricted during this work for the safety of the traveling public.
The contractor will demolish the bridge by taking it apart in pieces, and the roadway beneath will be protected with mats during this work. Once the bridge is removed, the contractor will set portable barrier rail to close the outside lanes of Dayton Boulevard to allow for construction of the foundations for a new bridge.
During the bridge demolition, this portion of Dayton Boulevard will be totally closed to traffic coming from Red Bank. Drivers traveling in this direction will be detoured to U.S. 27 South then onto Manufacturers Road and Cherokee Boulevard.
Drivers traveling on Dayton Boulevard toward Red Bank/Signal Mountain Road from downtown will be restricted to one lane with delays. Traffic in this direction will be stopped as needed, possibly for 20-30 minutes, when falling debris is even a slight possibility. Although there is not an official detour around the work site from this direction because there are no state routes nearby, drivers familiar with the area are advised to seek alternate routes using local roads. Because of the possibility that traffic will be stopped for long periods of time, significant delays could occur.
Troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be present to assist with traffic control. This work is weather permitting. Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent this work from occurring as scheduled, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible.
This phase of construction is part of the large project underway to reconstruct U.S. 27 from the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River to Signal Mountain Boulevard (SR-8/U.S. 127). The contractor for the $105 million project is Wright Brothers Construction Co., Inc. of Charleston, Tn. The estimated completion date for the entire project is Feb. 22, 2015.