Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, December 14, 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 December.  [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 contractor has closed the 12th Street tie-in ramp to U.S. 27 South.  This closure will be in place until April 2018.  Traffic from 12th Street will be detoured to Carter Street and then to Westbound MLK where motorists may access the U.S. 27 South on-ramp.  Detours are posted.  Motorists should exercise caution when traveling through the construction zone and pay close attention to the detour signage posted.  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 7PM and 6AM.  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 9AM-2PM.  This work may affect either direction of East Brainerd Road or side streets from Graysville Road to Bel-Air Road.  Because the contractor needs to access the left side of the road to work on the next phase of the project, he recently performed a traffic shift on East Brainerd Road from Fuller Road to end of project past Banks Road.  Traffic is currently traveling 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.  The contractor will be closing Banks Road at East Brainerd Road from Wednesday, December 20, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017 for water line installation.  Detour signage will be posted routing traffic down Morris Hill Road to Igou Gap to Banks and vice versa.  Changeable messages signs will be posted to alert traffic of the closure starting on Monday, December 18, 2017. There will also be signage marking the access point for the four businesses that are located on East Brainerd Road near Banks Road.  The road will be reopened prior to 8:00 PM on Friday, December 22, 2017 per the TDOT 2017 holiday lane closure restrictions.  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.  Work on this project is substantially complete and all lanes are open to traffic.  If there are any lane closures needed to finish up the project, they will be temporary and not happen until next year after the holidays.  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 Rd. (LM 13.85):  Work on this project is complete pending final inspection.  Estimated project completion date is December. [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 8PM-6AM.  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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