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.  

Commissioner Gibbons, Colonel Trott To Visit With State Troopers In Chattanooga

Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons will meet with Tennessee Highway Patrol Chattanooga District troopers on Tuesday morning to discuss department priorities and various initiatives to reduce traffic fatalities across the state. Colonel Tracy Trott and members of the THP Command Staff will also be in attendance. (click for more)

U.S. Supreme Court History Journal Publishes Article By Tennessee Court Of Appeals Law Clerk

Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge John McClarty’s law clerk Stephanie Slater has published an article about Justice Edward T. Sanford’s tenure on the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Sanford is the only known Knoxvillian and University of Tennessee graduate to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.The article, which is a chapter excerpted from a book Slater is authoring, was ... (click for more)

County Schools Receive Community Gift For Almost $1 Million To Fund Public School Bible History Program

Bible in the Schools presented a community gift for nearly $1 million to the Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) to reimburse 100 percent of the costs of funding a Bible history program in 18 public schools for the 2015–2016 academic year. Enrollment data for 2015–2016 reported 3,582 students in grades 6–12 elected to take a Bible history classes. “This gift from the ... (click for more)

DA's Office Defends Suspended Sentence In School Bus Driver Rape Case

The District Attorney's Office defended a controversial suspended sentence in a rape case involving a substitute county school bus driver. Prosecutor Jason Demastus said the victim, who was 15 years old at the time of the March 2015 incident, was in agreement on the plea and refused to testify against Alexander Rodriquez. Rodriguez, 34, last Thursday pleaded guilty to ... (click for more)

Make America Good Again - And Response

“No people can be great, who have ceased to be virtuous.”   Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) Last week I witnessed first hand the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. As I observed the happenings within the Quicken Arena, the one theme that continued to pop up again and again, was  Make America Great Again .  Of course, that being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Keep Mike Carter’s Genius

Mike Carter, who has just been chosen as the “Best Overall” member of the Tennessee Legislature by a group known as the Tennessee Forum and “Legislator of the Year” by Citizens for Home Rule, is truly both. A lawyer and then a Sessions Court judge for 8 ½ years, he is overwhelmingly favored to win a third term during next Thursday’s election and rightly so. While it is laudable ... (click for more)