Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, September 21, 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 continues.  This project will repair the bridge on I 24 East over Chestnut Street at mile marker 178.6 near the U.S. 27 interchange.  The project will also make safety improvements on two other bridges in the same area, one over the CSX Railroad and one over U.S. 27.  In addition to making major bridge deck repairs to the bridge over Chestnut Street, this project includes the installation of high-friction surface treatment on all of the bridge decks.  During the project, the bridge on I-24 East will be completely closed to traffic and a detour using the Lookout Mtn./Broad St. ramp (Exit 178) will be used to move traffic around the work zone and allow it to continue on I-24 East.  All repair operations will be done using a continuous daily operation (7 days per week) until necessary repairs are completed and/or all lanes are open to the free, unrestricted flow of traffic.  Additionally, traffic accessing Lookout Mtn./Broad St. from U.S. 27 South will be detoured until completion of the project.  THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  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.  On Thursday night, between 7 p.m.-6 a.m., there will be a temporary right lane closure on U.S. 27 North from I-24 to MLK Blvd. for street lighting repair.  Ramp traffic will not be affected.  Once this work is completed, there will be a temporary left lane closure on U.S. 27 North from I-24 to Main Street to extend the I-24 East ramp to the U.S. 27 North merge lane.  Traffic from I-24 East to U.S. 27 North will be affected with a temporary yield situation.  Recently, as part of Phase 2 of the project, traffic on U.S. 27 was shifted to the outside in both directions to allow the contractor access to the middle portion of U.S. 27 for the next construction phase.  As a result of traffic shifting to the outside, the ramps at MLK Blvd. in both directions and the 4th St. ramp on U.S. 27 South were shortened and originally required traffic to yield when entering U.S. 27.  The YIELD signs have now been changed to STOP signs because of the increase in traffic crashes in the work zone.  All traffic must stop at the following locations before entering onto U.S. 27:  4th St. ramp onto U.S. 27 South, westbound MLK Blvd. ramp onto U.S. 27 South, eastbound MLK Blvd. ramp onto U.S. 27 South and eastbound MLK Blvd. ramp onto U.S. 27 North.  Drivers are encouraged to obey the signage and pay close attention to changing conditions in the work zone.  There will be increased law enforcement presence within the project limits.  The contractor may have temporary lane or shoulder closures on U.S. 27 between 7 p.m.-6 a.m.  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-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.  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 2017.  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] 

SR-153 resurfacing from L.M. 7.11 (Chickamauga Dam) to LM 8.89 (Hixson Pike):  Work on this project continues.  Lane closures are limited to Sunday night thru Thursday night from 9 p.m.-6 a.m.  Estimated project completion date is September.  [Wright Brothers Construction Co, Inc./Micka/CNR133] 

U.S. 11 (SR-2/Brainerd Rd.) resurfacing from McCallie Tunnel (LM 11.83) to east of Moore Road. (LM 13.85):  Work on this project continues.  During the project, the contractor will have intermittent lane closures between 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday night thru Thursday night. The contractor will be milling, paving, and installing pavement markings. At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times. This work may affect either direction of Brainerd Road or side streets from Moore Road to the McCallie Tunnel.  Motorists should be alert for construction personnel and equipment. THP will assist with traffic control as needed. Estimated project completion date is November. [Talley Construction/Pruett/CNR218] 

U.S. 27 (S.R. 29 resurfacing from south of the bridge over Sale Creek (L.M. 28.25) to the Rhea County line (L.M. 30.84):  Construction signs have been installed.  The contractor should begin the work any time now and will begin with clipping shoulders, adjusting guardrail and putting up new end treatments, and then the milling and the paving.  There will be lane closures with one lane in each direction open to traffic when work begins.  Estimated project completion date is September.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Micka/CNR109] 

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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