Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

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 on U.S. 27, at least one lane will remain open in each direction.  On Saturday between 7 a.m.-6 p.m., the contractor will close East Elmwood Dr. between Whitehall Road and East Frontage Road to perform demolition operations on the old bridge.  On the evenings of Monday and Tuesday between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., the contractor will be setting very large bridge beams on the ramp bridge over Dayton Boulevard.  During this work, this portion of Dayton Boulevard will be totally closed to traffic for the safety of the traveling public.  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 detoured to Cherokee Boulevard, Manufacturers Road, Hamm Road, Pineville Road and Signal Mountain Road to Dayton Boulevard.  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.  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):  During this report period, the contractor will be working on punchlist items.  Estimated completion date is July.  

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 working on road and drainage, along with environmental measures.  Traffic will not be impacted at this time so no lane closures are needed.  Estimated project completion date is September.  

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New Animals At The Chattanooga Zoo

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Roy Exum: My Garden On March 1

As I try to do at the beginning of each month, I stroll through my garden to see the good and the bad. This morning there is still a solid covering of snow but, as usual, there is still a lot to see. March is historically known for “coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb” so let’s see who gets what: A LAMB to the fact 90-year-old Floyd Hartwig of Easton, Calif., and his ... (click for more)