Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: 

I-24 East bridge repair over Chestnut Street at mile marker 178.6 near the U.S. 27 interchange and safety improvements on the bridges over the CSX Railroad and over U.S. 27:  Work on this project is completed pending final inspection.  Estimated project completion date is November.  [Dement Construction Co., LLC/Pruett/CNR031] 

U.S. 27 (I-124) widening from I-24/U.S. 27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, including widening the Olgiati Bridge:  Work on this project continues.  The speed limit on U.S. 27 in the construction zone is 45 MPH.  Weather permitting, the contractor may implement temporary lane/shoulder closures on weeknights between the hours of 7 p.m.-6 a.m.  On Thursday, between 7 p.m.-6 a.m., a temporary left lane closure will be in place for northbound U.S. 27 from I-24 to north of 12th Street for setting the Main Street bridge beams.  During this work, Main Street will also be temporarily closed from Reggie White Boulevard/Carter Street to the southbound U.S. 27 on-ramp.  Traffic will be detoured using Reggie White Boulevard and West 20th Street/Riverfront Parkway.  Also on Thursday, between 7 p.m.-6 a.m., a temporary ramp closure will be in place for southbound U.S. 27 to the eastbound MLK Boulevard ramp for setting temporary barrier rail and an attenuator on the ramp.  During this closure all MLK Boulevard traffic will have to use the ramp to westbound MLK Boulevard. 

On Monday night through Wednesday night, between the hours of 8 p.m.-6 a.m., the contractor will implement a nightly road closure on MLK Boulevard under the U.S. 27 overpass bridge for setting the bridge beams.  There will also be a temporary left lane closure of U.S. 27 northbound from I-24 to north of 6th St. for setting the bridge beams over MLK Boulevard. 

During this time, the contractor will also be temporarily closing the following ramps:
Westbound MLK on-ramp to U.S. 27 southbound (Traffic will be detoured to the eastbound MLK on-ramp to access U.S. 27 South via Chestnut Street – 6th Street – Gateway Avenue)
Eastbound MLK on-ramp to U.S. 27 North (Traffic will be detoured to the westbound MLK on ramp to access U.S. 27 North via Gateway Avenue – 6th Street – Chestnut Street)
Southbound U.S. 27 exit ramp to eastbound MLK Boulevard (Traffic will be detoured to the westbound MLK exit ramp via U.S. 27 South exit to westbound MLK Boulevard – Gateway Avenue – 6th Street – Chestnut Street)
At least one lane will remain open in each direction on U.S. 27.  THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is July 2019.  [Dement Construction Co., LLC/JM/CNP230]

SR-320 (East Brainerd Road) grading, drainage, installation of signals, construction of seven retaining walls and paving from east of Graysville Road to east of Bel-Air Road:  Work on this project continues.  During this report period, the contractor may have intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This work may affect either direction of East Brainerd Road or side streets from Graysville Road to Bel-Air Road.  On Friday the contractor will be performing a traffic shift on East Brainerd Road past Fuller Road.  The shift will put one eastbound and one westbound lane of traffic on the newly-paved section from Fuller Road to the end of project.  Banks Road traffic will access the new section by traveling West on the existing pavement and entering the new section of roadway at Everett Drive.  This shift will allow the contractor to commence work left of center from Fuller Road to end of project.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Estimated project completion date is June 2018. [Jones Brothers Contractors, LLC /Pruett/CNN383]

SR-153/SR-319 (Hixson Pike) bridge repair on Hixson Pike over SR-153:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will be working on the inside lanes of the bridge.  The outside lanes in both directions are open to traffic.  This lane closure will be in place until late November.  During this report period the contractor may have intermittent lane closures on SR-153 from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. to do work under the bridge.  If there are any temporary closures needed on SR-153 as part of this project, they will take place at nighttime on Sundays through Thursdays between 9 p.m.-6 a.m. and on weekdays on SR-153 South between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and on SR-153 North between 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary during these temporary closures.  Estimated project completion date is May 2018. [Mid-State Construction Co. /Micka/CNQ941]

U.S. 11 (SR-2/Brainerd Road) resurfacing from McCallie Tunnel (LM 11.83) to east of Moore Road (LM 13.85):  Work on this project is complete pending final inspection.  Estimated project completion date is November. [Talley Construction/Pruett/CNR218] 

The tunnel cleaning of the McCallie Tunnel on U.S. 11 (US 64, SR-2), the Stringers Ridge Tunnel on U.S. 127 (SR-8), and the Bachman Tubes on U.S. 41 (U.S. 76, SR-8):  The nighttime cleaning operation of McCallie Tunnels, Stringers Ridge Tunnel, and Bachman Tubes occurs between 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Tunnels will be closed during cleaning, and detours will be marked accordingly as each tunnel is cleaned.  Contract completion date is June 2018.  [ETI Environmental, Inc./Micka/CNR223]
 



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