Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

I-75 North Exit 1 interchange reconfiguration project at mile marker 1: Work on this project continues. The project will result in a reconfiguration of the exit ramps and will combine both northbound exits (1A & 1B) into one, which will allow drivers to turn both east and west on Ringgold Road at a signalized intersection. Traffic has been shifted onto the newly constructed portion of Camp Jordan Pkwy., and the intersection (I-75 NB off-ramp and SR-8/Camp Jordan Pkwy.) is now controlled by a new traffic signal. Estimated project completion date is May.
[C.W. Matthews Contracting/City Of East Ridge/LCLPRGM]  

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. 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. New ramp configurations were implemented on the northbound lanes of US 27 between MLK Blvd. and Fourth Street. These changes affected the on-ramp to U.S. 27 North from MLK Blvd., and the off-ramp (Exit 1C) from U.S. 27 North to 4th Street. Traffic coming from downtown Chattanooga and using the on-ramp to U.S. 27 North from MLK Blvd. is now required to come to a complete stop at the top of the ramp. Traffic wishing to access 4th Street at Exit 1C from U.S. 27 North is now directed to a new temporary exit ramp before crossing the 6th Street overpass. This new temporary exit ramp is narrow and posted for 15 MPH. This new traffic pattern will be in place for approximately two weeks. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes due to the increased congestion between MLK Blvd. and 4th Street. The speed limit has also been reduced from 45 MPH to 35 MPH between Main Street and 4th Street on U.S. 27 North. The speed limit on U.S. 27 in the rest of the construction zone remains 45 MPH. Motorists should exercise caution when traveling through the construction zone and pay close attention to the signage posted. On Monday the contractor will implement a nighttime temporary right lane closure on Northbound US27 from I-24 to the Olgiati Bridge from 7 p.m.-6 a.m. During this time, the Northbound US27 off-ramp to Carter Street (Exit 1A) will be temporarily closed, and traffic will be detoured using the NB US27 off-ramp to MLK Blvd. On the same night, there will also be a temporary double left lane closure on Southbound US27, crossing the Olgiati Bridge, and then transitioning to a single left lane closure from 4th Street to I-24. Weather permitting, the contractor may implement temporary lane/shoulder closures on weeknights between the hours of 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. RESTRICTIONS: I 124 (US-27) Northbound Exit 1C 4th Street Off Ramp. No oversize/over-dimensional loads. Width Limit is 11 feet. Estimated project completion date is January 2020. [Dement Construction Company, LLC/Micka/CNP230]  

U.S. 11 (SR-2/(Brainerd Road) TDOT Coring Operation: TDOT Materials & Tests crews will conduct a coring operation on Brainerd Road between Moore Road and Airport Road on Monday between 9 p.m.-6 a.m. in preparation for an upcoming resurfacing project. This will involve a mobile operation with some temporary lane closures. [TDOT Materials & Tests]  

SR-153/SR-319 (Hixson Pike) bridge repair on Hixson Pike over SR-153: The contractor will implement lane closures for SR-153 during non-peak hours (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) through Friday. There will also be possible lane closures on Hixson Pike through Friday. These lane closures will not be restricted to non-peak hours. Estimated project completion date is February. [Mid-State Construction Company, Inc./Micka/CNQ941]  

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: 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 Bel-Air Road. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Estimated project completion date is June. [Jones Bros. Contractors, LLC/Pruett/CNN383]  

U.S. 11 (SR-2/Brainerd Road) resurfacing from McCallie Tunnel (LM 11.83) to east of Moore Road (LM 13.85): During this report period, the contractor will have intermittent lane closures between 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The contractor will be adjusting manholes and installing striping. 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. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Estimated project completion date is February. [Talley Construction Company, Inc./Pruett/CNR218] 




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