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.  

Priceless Pets Continues Saturday at the Walker County Animal Shelter

The Walker County Animal Shelter had 124 people visit the shelter and adopt 12 dogs and 14 cats on their first day of the free adoption promotion "Priceless Pets." "Among those adopted was the longest resident in the shelter, a dog that had been with us since December.  We still have plenty of dogs for the second day of our event, but will only have a few kittens," ... (click for more)

YMCA Mobile Fit: Food And Fun Meal Program Feeds Kids, Fuels Potential Throughout Southeast Tennessee And Northwest Georgia

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga is offering the Summer Food and Fun Program with support from the Walmart Foundation to "help kids stay healthy, succeed in school, and reach their full potential."   "Combining educational and physical activity, the program keeps kids’ minds and bodies active, while also serving a healthy breakfast and lunch to kids who may otherwise ... (click for more)

Motorcyclist Dies After Crossing Center Line On Bonny Oaks Drive

A motorcyclist died after crossing the center line on Bonny Oaks Drive on Friday night. Chattanooga Police responded at 6:43 p.m. to a traffic crash at 7100 Bonny Oaks Dr.   A Jeep Renegade driven by 33-year-old Christina L. Cangelier was traveling east on Bonny Oaks Drive when a Suzuki motorcycle crossed the double yellow line and struck the Jeep head on. The ... (click for more)

Reworked Miller Park, Connections To Cost Up To $8.4 Million

A reworked Miller Park with improved connections to Patten Parkway and MLK Boulevard will cost $7.6 million. With contingencies, the price tag is tabbed at $8.4 million. The city only had two bidders on the major downtown project. Thomas Brothers Construction had the low bid of $7,637,413. Dillard Construction was just behind at $7,768,113. The city lists the "total project ... (click for more)

Scrutinizing Defense And Other Public Spending Is Right Thing To Do

I saw in the news today where U.S. senators were investigating and scrutinizing an Army "debacle," which has already spent $6 billion on a communications system developed by a defense contractor (WIN-T) that is virtually ineffective in use.   This is on top of a recent Navy scandal (Fat Leonard Scandal) where several current and former Navy admirals were sentenced to prison ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Suicide Letter

Two weeks ago there were five suicides and a fatal drug overdose in the same Chattanooga community. That absolutely tears me up inside because I am assured almost every day there is a better answer. I make no secret I struggle with depression and it is real. I want others to see if I can get through the valleys to climb the mountain, they can too. I take medicine every day that ... (click for more)