Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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 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. Last week, 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 months. 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 Thursday the contractor will implement a night time right lane closure on Northbound US27, from I-24 to the Olgiati Bridge, from 7 p.m.-6 a.m. 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. Estimated project completion date is July 2019. [Dement Construction Company, LLC / Micka / CNP230] RESTRICTIONS: I 124 (US-27) Northbound Exit 1C 4th Street Off Ramp. No oversize/over-dimensional loads. Width Limit is 11 feet.

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. The contractor is planning on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 (weather pending) on closing the existing I-75 NB Off-Ramp Exit 1B and re-signing I-75 NB traffic unto the new I-75 NB Exit 1 ramp. Traffic delays will be minimal but the new intersection (I-75 NB off Ramp and SR-8/Camp Jordan will be controlled by a new traffic signal).  Estimated project completion date is May 2018. [C.W. Matthews Contracting/City Of East Ridge/LCLPRGM] 

SR-153/SR-319 (Hixson Pike) bridge repair on Hixson Pike over SR-153: There could be lane closures on SR153 during non-peak hours (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) starting this Thursday to support punchlist activity on the project.  Hixson Pike will have lane closures each direction beginning Thursday. These lane closures will be in place until further notification. Estimated project completion date is January. [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] 

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 McCallie tunnel and Stringer's Ridge tunnels are scheduled to be cleaned this Friday night/ Saturday morning. The Bachman tunnels are scheduled to be cleaned this Saturday night/ Sunday morning. Detours will be set up to address traffic. The rescheduling is necessary to account for the bitter weather when it is not advisable to clean the tunnels. Estimated project completion date is June. [ETI Environmental, Inc./Micka/CNR223] 


Hamilton County Parks And Recreation Father-Daughter Dance Tickets Now On Sale

Closures Announced For Ashland Terrace Work Beginning Tuesday

Cleveland Recycles 5K Will Be Held June 8


Tickets are on sale now for the 19th Annual Father-Daughter Dance sponsored by Hamilton County Park and Recreation Department. The dance will be on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Chattanoogan ... (click for more)

Starting on Tuesday, trenching across Ashland Terrace, starting at the entrance to the Walmart Neighborhood Market, will be done two lanes at a time, maintaining two-way traffic. This is expected ... (click for more)

The City of Cleveland will be hosting its Fifth Annual Cleveland Recycles 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 8. Each participant is asked to bring five recyclable items (paper, ... (click for more)


Happenings

Hamilton County Parks And Recreation Father-Daughter Dance Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are on sale now for the 19th Annual Father-Daughter Dance sponsored by Hamilton County Park and Recreation Department. The dance will be on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Chattanoogan Hotel from 6-10 p.m. This year’s theme is Masquerade Ball . Tickets are $30 per person. Light hors d’oeuvres’ and dessert buffet is included, as well as photo booth pictures. Professional ... (click for more)

Closures Announced For Ashland Terrace Work Beginning Tuesday

Starting on Tuesday, trenching across Ashland Terrace, starting at the entrance to the Walmart Neighborhood Market, will be done two lanes at a time, maintaining two-way traffic. This is expected to take three to four days. There will be an overnight closure of Ashland Terrance on Friday, Jan. 25, from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. to install the gas pipe. Local detours will be posted. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

City Council To Vote Jan. 29 On Contract To Finally Clean Up The Lupton City Mill Site

The City Council is set to vote On Jan. 29 on a long-awaited contract to clean up the Lupton Mill site. The contract with Wright Brothers of Charleston, Tn., is for $1,676,744, with a contingency of $150,000. It calls for the firm to complete the demolition of remnants of buildings remaining at the site along Mercer Street. The site will be "rubblized" and then material ... (click for more)

Askia Witherow Charged In October 2018 Murder Of Jacob Dakota Moore Of Apison

Authorities have charged Askia Witherow in the October 2018 murder of Jacob Dakota Moore of Apison. An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, the 10 th District Attorney General’s Office and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of the 39-year-old Ooltewah man. At the request ... (click for more)

Opinion

Don’t Trust County Attorney Taylor’s Gag Order

At this point, most of us are aware of the WWTA debacle on site selection and the half-baked planning for a new treatment plant on Mahan Gap Road. There were also untruths given to the public about the basis or need for a new treatment plant on Mahan Gap Road by WWTA. That, my friends, is offensive. Pam Sohn of the Times Free Press outed the WWTA’s false contention ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

It seems there has been quite an increase in calls from telemarketers and I asked my man Cleo if he had any idea how to stop them. “What works if you are male -- Telemarketer: "Hi, my name is Judy and I'm with XYZ Company." You wait for a second and, with a real husky voice, ask, "What are you wearing?" If you are a female try this: Cry out in surprise, "Judy? Is that you? Oh my ... (click for more)