Weekly Roadway Activity Report For TDOT Region 2 (Parts Of East And Middle Tennessee)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A complete list of lane-closure activity due to construction or maintenance operation on state-owned roads within the 24 middle and east Tennessee counties of TDOT Region 2.


July 12 - July 18, 2018

 

DISTRICT 27

 

CLAY COUNTY SR-53 bridge repair over the Obey River (LM 8.89): Contractor will not be working this week.Estimated project completion date is August 2018.
[Mid-State Construction Company, Inc./Moore/CNR284]

 

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 West near MM 326, construction of a truck climbing lane, including grading, drainage, construction of retaining walls and paving: Lane closures for completion of punch list items may be required during this period with state trooper support. The newly constructed truck climbing lane and right shoulder have been opened to motorists.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[Rogers Group, Inc./Bradley/CNQ329]

 

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-101 (Peavine Road) grading, drainage, and paving from Firetower Road to Westchester/Catoosa Boulevard: As grade work progresses, motorists should be alert for shifts in traffic patterns to allow for construction activities. Temporary lane closures and traffic stoppages may be needed to support grade work activities. Motorists should reduce speeds on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel and equipment entering and exiting the roadway.Estimated project completion date is November 2020.
[Rogers Group, Inc./Bradley/CNQ921]

 

CUMBERLAND AND PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 resurfacing from Putnam County line to near the parking area, and from west of Exit 300 to the Cumberland County line.: The contractor will be paving eastbound and westbound lanes of I-40 including the ramps at exits (mile markers) 300 and 301. This work will be performed Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 pm to 6 am and will require temporary lane closures with state trooper support.Estimated project completion date is August 2018.
[Rogers Group, Inc./Bradley/CNR314]

 

DEKALB COUNTY Utility Work on SR-96 (WOLF CREEK RD.) eastbound from LM 12.99 to LM 12.99: WB/EB approximately 300 feet West of Center Hill Dam on the North side at Center Hill Dam Overlook. Replace existing electrical duct bank. Flaggers and Flagger signage, speed limit in the work zone has been reduced to 35MPH. 7/16/2018-7/27/2018 9AM-3PM

 

OVERTON COUNTY SR-52 grading, drainage, signals and paving from near Oakley-Allons Road (LM 6.58) to SR-111 (LM 10.23): Contractor will be on site paving driveways and performing stone work throughout project. Motorists are encouraged to obey construction signs and watch for construction vehicles.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[J & M Grading Division LLC/Moore/CNP114]

 

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 grading, drainage, construction of two concrete bulb-tee beam bridges, signals and paving at Mine Lick Creek Road (MM 283/LM 15.56) and construction of a State Industrial Access Road (Mine Lick Creek Road) serving Project Victor, including grading, drainage and paving: Substantial work has been completed on this project and the interchange at Exit 283 is now open to all lanes of traffic. The contractor is currently working to complete remaining work items which may result in temporary lane closures throughout the project during daytime hours. Flaggers will be present to assist with traffic control as needed. Motorists are advised to observe the posted speed limits when entering the work zone and to be alert to construction personnel, equipment and vehicles.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc./Cookeville/CNP247]

 

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-135 resurfacing from south of Jackson Street (LM 9.75) to north of SR-290 (LM 11.64): The contractor is currently working to complete punchlist items. The contractor will utilize temporary nighttime lane closures in one or both directions during this time. Flaggers will be on site to assist with traffic control.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[Rogers Group, Inc./Cookeville/CNR203]

 

WHITE COUNTY US-70 (SR-26) intersection improvements at SR-111 in Sparta: Work continues on this project. The right lane of SR-26 Eastbound is closed to traffic near the SR-111 northbound off-ramp. The contractor will perform placement of new concrete pavement along the right side of the SR-111 northbound off-ramp. All motorists will be diverted onto a temporary section of roadway to the left of the existing ramp to provide ease of movement through the work zone. Motorists can expect temporary intermittent lane closures during this time. Motorists should be alert, pay attention to all construction signage, and use extreme caution around construction personnel and equipment.Estimated project completion date is August 2018.
[Rogers Group, Inc./Cookeville/CNS904]

 

WHITE COUNTY US-70 resurfacing in Sparta: Contractor will begin sidewalk and curb removal along SR-1 this week which may result in temporary lane closures throughout the project during daytime hours. Flaggers will be present to assist with traffic control as needed. Motorists are advised to observe the posted speed limits when entering the work zone, and to be alert of all construction personnel, equipment and vehicles. Routes included in this project are US-70 (SR-1) from the SR-111 overpass (LM 7.69) to near Luther Road (LM 10.61); US-70 (SR-26) from east of Creekside Place (LM 9.82) to Moore Street(LM 10.79); and SR-84 from US-70 (SR-1) (LM 0.00) to near College Street (LM 0.12).Estimated project completion date is September 2018.
[Rogers Group, Inc./Cookeville/CNS917]

 

DISTRICT 28

 

BLEDSOE AND RHEA COUNTY SR-30 resurfacing from east of Porch Rock Road (LM 16.43) to the Rhea County line (LM 18.43).: Beginning Monday, July 16th, there will be a flagging operation on SR30 in Bledsoe county (LM 16.43 to 18.43) to support a thin lift paving operation. This will involve one lane of traffic under the control of flaggers and a pilot car. This will be a 7AM to 6PM (M-F) operation until work is complete. Additionally, there will be shoulder closures to support catch basin retrofits along SR29 in Rhea county (LM 2.50 to LM 4.90) during the same time period (7AM to 6PM, M-F).Estimated project completion date is September 2018.
[Rogers Group Inc./Micka/CNS123]

 

CANNON COUNTY SR-145 resurfacing from north of overhead bridge (LM 3.76) to SR-96 (LM 9.66) and US-70S (SR-1) f from west of Mears Drive (LM 5.70) to west of Bragg Street (LM 6.07): During this reporting period the contractor will have daily lane closures during resurfacing operations. Flaggers will be present during all lane closures to assist motorists.Estimated project completion date is September 2018.
[Tinsley Asphalt, LLC/Parnham/CNS097]

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY SR-127 the construction of a concrete bulb-tee beam bridge over the Elk River (LM 6.21), including grading, drainage and paving: Work on this project continues. RESTRICTIONS: bridge will be reduced to one 10.5’ lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.Estimated project completion date is October 2018.
[Simpson Construction Company, Inc./Hussein/CNR044]

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY SR-476 bridge repair over the Elk River (LM 3.39) and Hurricane Creek (LM 7.40): The project is in progress. RESTRICTIONS: The bridge is reduced to one 9’ lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.Estimated project completion date is October 2018.
[Mid-State Construction Company, Inc./Hussein/CNQ930]

 

GRUNDY COUNTY I-24 sliplining of culverts at various locations between mile markers 129 and 134: The contractor will be working on the sliplining project on I-24 of culverts at various locations between MM 129 and 134. This work will be taking place Monday - Friday 7 AM - 5 PM. During this time there will be no outside shoulder.Estimated project completion date is August 2018.
[CHASE RELINE, INC./Hussein/CNR320]

 

GRUNDY COUNTY SR-50 slide repair at log mile 9.9: SR-50 is restricted to one lane with signals. TDOT Maintenance and TDOT Geotech are in the process of finalizing a repair plan. RESTRICTIONS: Reduced to one 12 foot lane.Estimated project completion date is September 2018.
[Maintenance/]

 

MARION COUNTY I-24 WB resurfacing from the Grundy County line (MM 127) to east of the bridge over Cave Cove Creek (MM 134): The surface milling and paving will continue on this project. The contractor will have lane closures in order to perform the necessary work. These closures will take place on the interstate nightly with State Trooper support from 7PM Sunday through 6AM Friday. Motorists should use extreme caution and be alert to construction equipment and workers. Safety Personnel will be present.Estimated project completion date is September 2018.
[Rogers Group, Inc./Hussein/CNS914]

 

MARION COUNTY TDOT Maintenance on SR-2 (HWY. 41) both directions from LM 25.6 to LM 29: Thursday, 07/12/18 through Wednesday, 07/18/18, westbound, 7 AM – 3:30 PM. Traffic will be reduced to 1 lane in order to do shoulder work.

 

VANBUREN COUNTY TDOT Maintenance on SR-30 northbound from LM 16.8 to LM 17.0: Slide repair operations will continue this week. Roadway is reduced to 1 lane controlled by a traffic light. RESTRICTIONS: 12 foot lane.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[Maintenance/]

 

VANBUREN COUNTY SR-111 grading, drainage, and paving from south of Manus Road to south of SR-285 near Double Bridge Road: The contractor will be addressing punch list items during this report period, which will not affect traffic.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[Jones Bros., Inc./Parnham/CNM266]

 

VANBUREN COUNTY SR-30 miscellaneous safety improvements from the Warren County line (LM 0.00) to the Bledsoe County line (LM 22.15): There will be intermittent lane closures on SR-30 for the installation of new signs, guardrail upgrades, and pavement markings. The contractor will have flaggers present during this work.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[Superior Pavement Markings, Inc./Parnham/CNS008]

 

WARREN COUNTY SR-288 construction of a concrete bulb-tee beam bridge over Collins River (LM 4.97), including grading, drainage and paving: The bridge is currently reduced to one 12-ft. lane to allow the contractor to construct the new bridge. While the bridge is down to one lane, traffic will be maintained and controlled by a temporary signal for the safety of the traveling public. Motorists should expect periodic delays and use caution in the work zone. RESTRICTIONS: Reduced to one 12-ft lane.
[Palmertree Construction Company, LLC/Parnham/CNQ270]

 

DISTRICT 29

 

HAMILTON COUNTY I-75 North Exit 1 interchange reconfiguration project at mile marker 1: Work on this project is nearing completion. The contractor is addressing punchlist items. Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[C.W. Matthews Contracting/City Of East Ridge/LCLPRGM]

 

HAMILTON COUNTY US-27 (I-124) widening from I-24/US-27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, including widening the Olgiati Bridge: Work on this project continues with numerous activities occurring in the median of US-27. Motorists should be alert for construction vehicles entering and leaving the left traffic lane in both the northbound and southbound directions. The 12th Street tie-in ramp to US-27 South has been temporarily closed. This closure will be in place through 09/18. 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 US-27 in the construction zone remains 45 MPH. Weather permitting, the contractor may implement temporary lane/shoulder closures on weeknights between the hours of 7 PM and 6 AM. At least one lane will remain open in each direction on US-27. THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary. RESTRICTIONS: Northbound US-27 off-ramp Exit 1C to 4th Street is restricted to a maximum width of 11 Feet.Estimated project completion date is January 2020.
[Dement Construction Company, LLC/Micka/CNP230]

 

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-312 (MAHAN GAP RD.) southbound from LM 15.29 to LM 15.29: SB intersection of Mahan Gap and Snow Hill Road. Repair leaking water Valve. Utility construction signs, Flaggers and Flagger signage. 7/10/2018 - 8/13/2018 9 AM- 3PM

 

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-8 (TAFT HWY.) northbound from LM 22.66 to LM 22.66: NB between Stewart and Corral road. Gas main for new subdivision. Flaggers and flagger signage. 6/18/2018 - 8/17/2018 9AM - 3PM

 

HAMILTON COUNTY 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 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. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed. The contractor has shifted traffic to final alignment from Morris Hill Road to just east of Banks Road and traffic signal at Banks Road is now activated. Including the section from Morris Hill Road to just East of Banks Road, there are now 2 travel lanes in either direction, 1 center turn lane and bike lanes in either direction from Graysville Road to just east of Banks Road..Estimated project completion date is August 2018.
[Jones Bros. Contractors, LLC/Pruett/CNN383]

 

HAMILTON COUNTY the tunnel cleaning of the McCallie Tunnel on US-11 (US-64, SR-2), the Stringers Ridge Tunnel on US-127 (SR-8), and the Bachman Tubes on US-41 (US-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. This work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, 7/18 at the McCallie tunnels (SR-2) and proceed to the Stringer's Ridge tunnel (SR-8) and on Thursday, 7/19 the Bachman Tubes (SR-8) will be cleaned. The Bachman Tubes will be flagged during their cleaning activity.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[ETI Environmental, Inc./Micka/CNR223]

 

MCMINN COUNTY SR-30, grading, drainage and paving on SR-30 from Jackson Street to east of Knight Road in Athens: Work on this project continues. This project will upgrade SR-30 from a four-lane lane divided roadway to a five-lane urban-type roadway (two lanes in each direction with continuous center turn lane) and include curb, gutter and ADA-compliant sidewalks on both sides throughout the project area. The contractor has implemented the first phase traffic shift. The eastbound lanes are closed to traffic, and all traffic is using the existing westbound lanes, which have been marked and signed as a two-lane undivided highway from east of Jackson Street to east of Knight Road. Crossovers to businesses are reduced, but all businesses remain accessible.Estimated project completion date is October 2019.
[Talley Construction Company, Inc./Micka/CNR078]

 

MCMINN COUNTY I-75 resurfacing from south of SR-30 (MM 48.69/LM 13.75) to north of County Road 267 (MM 55.44/LM 20.50): There will be lane closures at night from 7 PM-6 Am Sunday- Thursday night as the contractor works on milling and paving the roadway on I-75 in the Northbound lanes first then moving to the Southbound lanes. There will be State Troopers out on the project during working hours. The speed limit has been changed from 70 MPH to 60 MPH in the project limits.Estimated project completion date is September 2018.
[Rogers Group, Inc./Curtis/CNS056]

 

POLK COUNTY SR-30 cross drain replacement between LM 2.65 and LM 8.0: Polk Co. crews have completed installing all cross drains. Lane closures will continue for minor cleanup work and ditching.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[Maintenance/MAINT29]

 

POLK COUNTY US-64 (SR-40) construction of a concrete bulb-tee beam bridge over Branch and TOHA Old Line railroad (LM 24.85), including grading, drainage and paving: The contractor has cut the embankment for the retaining wall. Pinecrest Road intersection has been closed. There are posted detour signs for residents to get to their homes on Pinecrest Road. This road will be closed during the duration of the construction of the Retaining Wall on US64. During this operation, there will be temporary lane closure.Estimated project completion date is May 2019.
[Talley Construction Company, Inc./Curtis/CNQ900]

 

POLK COUNTY US-64 (SR-40) resurfacing from west of the Ocoee River Recreation Area, Caney Creek take out (LM 13.00) to LM 17.00.: The contractor will be working on the shoulder stone on Tuesday or Wednesday of this reporting period. Because of this work, there will be intermittent lane closures during this time.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[Talley Construction Co., Inc./Curtis/CNS021]

 

RHEA COUNTY SR-68 slide repair at LM 5: TDOT personnel and contract crews continue work to repair a section of SR-68 near LM 5 in Rhea County that is currently closed due to a slide. One lane is open to light traffic and controlled by a temporary signal. To expedite completion of the project, it will be necessary to completely close the road for a two-day period beginning on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 5:00 a.m. EDT. RESTRICTIONS: No trucks.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[GSI Inc. and TDOT Maintenance/Maintenance/MAINT]

 

REGION WIDE

 

REGION 2 TDOT Maintenance drainage work: There will be possible short-term lane and shoulder closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to clean rock and debris from ditches on an as-needed basis. One lane will be maintained at all times.
[TDOT Operations/Maintenance/R2MAINT]

 

REGION 2 TDOT Maintenance mowing and brush removal: There will be possible short-term lane and shoulder closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to perform contract mowing and brush removal on an as-needed basis. In addition to performing the work, regional Operations crews will also provide traffic control.
[TDOT Operations/Maintenance/R2MAINT]

 

REGION 2 TDOT Maintenance pothole repair and pavement patching: There will be possible short-term emergency lane closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to repair potholes and patch pavement on an as-needed basis. Depending on location and severity these repairs may be done during the day or at night. In addition to performing the work, regional Operations crews will also provide traffic control.
[TDOT Operations/Maintenance/R2MAINT]

 

REGION 2 on-call cable barrier repair on various interstate and state routes: The contractor may have short term shoulder closures in order to perform cable rail repair. Both travel lanes will remain open to traffic at all times on the Interstate during any work that is performed. Estimated project completion date is December 2018. [RMD Holdings, LTD DBA Nationwide Construction Group/Parnham/CNR262]Estimated project completion date is December 2018.
[RMD Holdings, LTD DBA Nationwide Construction Group/Parnham/CNR262]

 

REGION 2 on-call guardrail repair and new guardrail installation on various interstate and state routes: The contractor may have short term shoulder and/or lane closures in order to perform guardrail repair. These closures will take place on the interstate nightly from 7PM to 6AM Sundays through Thursdays and daily on State Routes. At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times on the Interstate, and flaggers will be present on State Routes during any work that is performed.Estimated project completion date is June 2019.
[Cumberland Guardrail, Inc./Parnham/CNS928]

 

REGION 2 preventative and unscheduled maintenance of Chattanooga SmartWay Intelligent Transportation System: The contractor may have short term shoulder and/or lane closures in order to perform preventative or unscheduled maintenance to the local SmartWay Intelligent Transportation System. Work hours are 9AM to 3:30PM. At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.Estimated project completion date is October 2019.
[NABCO Electric Company, Inc./Pruett/CNQ287]

 

REGION 2 sweeping and drain cleaning on various interstate and state routes: There will be mobile lane closures supporting a sweeping operation along regional interstates and highways. This activity will happen Sunday, July 8th through Thursday, July 12Th (8PM - 6AM). Additionally, there will be a drain cleaning operation requiring lane closures along I-75 SB (LM 17.0 to 0.0) during this period.Estimated project completion date is February 2019.
[Blevins Enterprises, Inc./Micka/CNR292]

 

REGION 2 longitudinal joint stabilization on various state routes: The contractor will have short term shoulder and/or lane closures in order to perform longitudinal joint stabilization on various state routes. At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times. Flagger will assist with traffic control as needed.Estimated project completion date is July 2018.
[Pavement Restorations, Inc./Pruett/CNS023]

 

REGION 2 the random on-call pavement marking and the retracing of pavement markings with spray thermoplastic on various Interstate and State Routes: Work continues on this project. The contractor will be retracing existing striping in Putnam, Overton, and Fentress Counties at night. This will include, at a minimum, temporary lane closures on the following route in Putnam County: I-40; on the following route in Overton County: SR-52; and on the following route in Fentress County: SR-28 (US-127). Mobile lane closures will be present at night on these routes. Motorists should be alert to all construction equipment and personnel and obey all construction signage and messages.Estimated project completion date is June 2019.
[Tolle Roads, LLC/Cookeville/CNS090]

 

 

RESTRICTIONS

FRANKLIN COUNTY - CNR044: bridge will be reduced to one 10.5’ lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.

FRANKLIN COUNTY - CNQ930: The bridge is reduced to one 9’ lane and controlled with a temporary traffic signal until further notice.

GRUNDY COUNTY - : Reduced to one 12 foot lane.

VANBUREN COUNTY - : 12 foot lane.

WARREN COUNTY - CNQ270: Reduced to one 12-ft lane.

HAMILTON COUNTY - CNP230: Northbound US-27 off-ramp Exit 1C to 4th Street is restricted to a maximum width of 11 Feet.

RHEA COUNTY - MAINT: No trucks.

 

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT work zones, regardless of lane closure activity.

Information in this report is provided to the Department of Transportation by the contractors. Most work is weather dependent and subject to change due to inclement weather. All times are local.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel or Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511 or any of TDOT's other Twitter pages. As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination. Drivers should never tweet, text, or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation lost three workers in the line of duty. All three were struck by passing motorists. Those tragedies bring the total number of TDOT lives lost to 112. We don't want to lose another member of our TDOT family. We're asking you to WORK WITH US. To learn more, go to the website at https://www.tn.gov/tdot/work-with-us/.

 



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