Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

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.  The contractor may have temporary lane or shoulder closures on U.S. 27 between 7 p.m.-6 a.m.  On weekdays during this report period between the hours of 9 a.m.-3 p.m., the contractor will have a temporary right lane closure on eastbound MLK Blvd. between the U.S. 27 North exit ramp and Carter St. and on westbound MLK Blvd. between Chestnut St. and the U.S. 27 North entrance ramp to work on new signals.  Ramp traffic will not be affected.  This work is weather permitting.  As the project progresses, there may be short term temporary lane closures for the safety of the traveling public on city streets within the project area.  Flaggers will assist with these closures and they will be properly signed in accordance with the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. During Phase 1 of the U.S. 27 project, the contractor will be working on the northbound side of U.S. 27 on the bridges.  Work will consist of demolishing and reconstructing the outside sections of the bridges along U.S. 27 North.  Also on U.S. 27 South, they will be constructing a large retaining wall between the Olgiati Bridge and 6th 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.  For more info, visit the project website http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/US27-reconstruction-chattanooga.  [Dement Construction Co., LLC/JM/CNP230] 

SR 317 (Apison Pike) the grading, drainage and paving on from Old Lee Highway (LM 5.58) to SR-321 (Ooltewah-Ringgold Road) (LM 7.84):  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will implement a new traffic pattern at the intersection of Apison Pike and Ooltewah-Ringgold Road on Thursday beginning at 8 p.m., weather permitting.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  During this report period the contractor may have intermittent lane closures throughout the project from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Estimated project completion date is May. [Wright Brothers Const. Co. /Pruett/CNN279] 

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 will 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 Hamlett Drive as the contractor installs road crossings and borings.  Traffic has been switched onto the newly-constructed section from the west end of the project to the Hurricane Creek Rd./East Brainerd Rd. intersection, allowing the contractor to work on the other side of the roadway.  The contractor may have short-term lane closures to perform various operations on an as-needed basis.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Original completion date is June. Estimated project completion date is December. [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 outside lanes in both directions on the bridge on Hixson Pike over SR-153 are now closed.  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 pm.  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] 

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 normally on Wednesday and Thursday nights during the week with the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Work hours are 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.  [Diamond Specialized, Inc./Micka/CNQ174]



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