Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Here is the weekly road construction report for District 29:

BRADLEY COUNTY SR-60 Construction of small drainage structures (LM 15.85 and LM 15.90): During this reporting period, the contractor will be working on the construction of a new entrance into the shopping center on the northwest corner of 25th street (SR-60) and Keith Street (SR-2) in Cleveland. The right northbound shoulder of 25th Street (SR-60) will be closed for the duration of this work. The first entrance into the shopping center is closed.

Motorists wishing to access the shopping center should do so via the second entrance on 25th Street (SR-60). Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for workers and equipment when entering/exiting the shopping center.
[Whaley Construction, LLC/Wagner/CNU227]

BRADLEY COUNTY Utility Work on SR-2 (N LEE HWY.) both directions at LM 13.15: Shoulder and single lane closure between Stuart Crossing NE and Sequoia Rd NW. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM from 10/26/20 through 11/06/20.

BRADLEY COUNTY Utility Work on SR-74 (OCOEE ST. N.E.) both directions from LM 16.26 to LM 16.88: Shoulder and single lane closure between Westview Drive NW and Keith Street NW. Signage and cones will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM with an estimated completion 11/30/20.

HAMILTON COUNTY SR-319 Repair of the bridge over the Tennessee River and Riverpark Drive (LM 2.2): The contractor will be performing repair operations to the bridge that will require lane closures in both directions. Extra caution should be observed of trucks entering and exiting the work-zone. During this report period the outside shoulder and outside lane of each direction are closed. Traffic is shifted to the left in both directions. Additional flaggers will be present as needed.
[Mid-State Construction Company, Inc./Osbonlighter/CNU205]

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, S.R.8): On 10/21/20 (8 PM to 6 AM), there will be a tunnel cleaning operation at the McCallie Tunnels. This will be supported by a flagging operation. Later that night, the Stringers Ridge Tunnel will be cleaned & supported by a signed detour. On 10/22/2020 (8 PM to 6 AM), the East Ridge tunnels (Bachman tubes) will be cleaned & supported by a signed detour as each tunnel is cleaned.
[Diamond Specialized, Inc./Micka/CNU182]

HAMILTON COUNTY I-24 Replacement of Belvoir Ave. bridge over I-24 and I-24 bridges over Germantown Road near MM 183: Lane shifts are in place on I-24 EB and WB under the Belvoir Avenue Bridge, at North and South Terrace approaching the Belvoir Avenue Bridge, and on Germantown Road under the I-24 Bridge. Alternating single and double lane closures will be required on I-24 EB and WB on 10/22/20 and between 10/26/20 through 10/28/20 from 9 PM and 6 AM. Additionally, there will be single lane closures in the north and south directions of Germantown Road under the I-24 Bridge and at the intersections with North and South Terrace. These closures will occur on 10/22/20 and 10/23/20, and between 10/26/20 through 10/28/20 from 9 AM to 6 AM the following morning. On 10/27/20 the lane shift in place for I-24 EB will be removed and on 10/28/20 at Exit 183 exiting I-24 EB the ramp leading to the intersection of South Terrace and Germantown Road will have traffic shifted to the new alignment. Motorists should be aware of the Belvoir Avenue Bridge closure and detour that was put into place on 04/20/20. There is a 45 MPH speed limit reduction throughout the project corridor on I-24.
[Bell and Associates Construction, LP/Blevins/CMGC03]

HAMILTON COUNTY I-24 Resurfacing from the Georgia State line to near the ramp to SR-2 (US-41, US-64, US-11, Cummings Hwy): There will continue to be construction activity (guardrail delineation, etc.) along I-24 EB/WB involving lane closures as follows: Sunday through Thursday (8 PM to 6 AM). On Sunday there will not be allowed any lane closures for EB traffic. This project is continuous from MM 171 at the Georgia line through MM 178, just west of the US-27 split. Expect some queueing of traffic. Manned attenuator trucks, variable speed limit signs, and two officers will be assisting in these operations.
[Talley Construction Company, Inc./Micka/CNT374]

HAMILTON COUNTY I-75 at I-24 Interchange Reconstruction: Watch for trucks entering and exiting project. Traffic should expect multiple lane shifts traveling through the interchange. Lane closures will occur Sunday nights through Thursday nights between 9 PM and 6 AM at the following locations: I-75 NB MM 1, I-75 SB MM 3 and I-24 EB MM 184.0 Traffic pacing may occur throughout interchange Sunday nights through Thursday nights between 9 PM and 6 AM. Additionally, there may intermittent shoulder closures at various locations for access to the median and roadside areas. I-75 NB to I-24 WB split has been moved back 1500 feet from its previous location. Welcome Center traffic intending to use I-24 WB now, will have to detour on I-75 NB to Exit 3. Detailed detour information will be available at the Welcome Center. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH throughout the interchange. WEEKEND CLOSURE EVENT: Starting 10/23/20 at 9 PM Exit 2, I-75 NB to I-24 WB ramp, will be closed. The ramp will be reopened on 10/26/20 at 6 AM. Traffic traveling on I-75 NB intending to exit will be detoured to Exit 3-A and guided back to I-75 SB. The on ramps for I-75 NB at US-4/Ringgold Rd. will be closed. Additionally, SR-320/E. Brainerd Rd. will be impacted from 10/22/20 at 9 PM to 10/27/20 at 6 AM. SR-320 EB will be diverted onto SR-320 WB from the intersection of Hickory Valley Road to N Concord Road. The on ramps to I-75 will be closed to SR 320 EB. SR-320 WB will not have access to I-75 SB and Hickory Valley Road. If possible, avoid travel through the interchange during the weekend closure event. RESTRICTIONS: There is a 14' width restriction on the NB I-75 to WB I-24 interchange ramp. This affects wide loads at approximately MM 1.7.
[C.W. Matthews Contracting Company, Inc./Blevins/DB1801]

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 activities occurring in the median and shoulders of US-27. Motorists should be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting the activity area. Motorists should 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. On Thursday, 10/22/20 thru Wednesday, 10/28/20 from 9 AM to 6 AM, temporary lane closures will be in place for southbound and northbound US-27 from the Olgiati Bridge to I24 for milling and leveling of the asphalt, paving the surface, grooving of the bridges and installing bridge joints. Thursday, 10/22//20 from 9 AM to 3 PM, temporary ramp closure will be in place for the 4th Street on ramp to northbound US-27 for grinding and restriping the ramp in its final location. Traffic will be detoured from 4th St. / Chestnut St. / MLK / US-27 northbound. On Friday night, 10/23/20 thru Monday morning, 10/26/20 from 7 PM to 6AM, temporary ramp closures will be in place for southbound US-27 to Martin Luther King Blvd. and the Martin Luther King Blvd. ramp to southbound US-27 for rebuilding Martin Luther King Boulevard. During these closures southbound US-27 traffic to Martin Luther King Blvd. will be detoured to 4th St. ramp / 4th St. / Broad St. / Martin Luther King Boulevard. Eastbound Martin Luther King Blvd. traffic to southbound US-27 will be detoured to Carter St. / Main St. / southbound on ramp to US-27. Westbound Martin Luther King Blvd. traffic to southbound US-27 will be detoured to Riverfront Pkwy. / Main St. Southbound on ramp to US27. State Troopers are requested for Thursday thru Wednesday. RESTRICTIONS: I-124 (US-27) Southbound Exit 1C 4th St Of Ramp: No oversize/over dimensional loads; I-124 (US-27) Southbound Exit 1-B Martin Luther King Blvd. Off Ramp: No oversized/over dimensional loads; Martin Luther King Blvd. between Chestnut St. and Gateway Ave.: No oversized/over dimensional loads.
[Dement Construction Company, LLC/Micka/CNP230]

HAMILTON COUNTY TDOT Contractor on I-24 both directions from MM 171 to MM 175: Emergency Mile marker signs will be installed in the grassy median of I-24. This will likely involve inside lane closures in both directions (Sunday through-Thursday from 8 PM to 6 AM).

HAMILTON COUNTY TDOT Contractor on SR-153 (STATE HWY. 153) both directions from LM 0.0 to LM 1.0: The Emergency Mile Marker Sign installation project will need to place signs in the grassy median along SR-153. This could happen 10/22/20 or 10/26/20 to 10/27/20. All work will happen from 8 PM to 6 AM and likely involve inside lane closures.

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-2 (BROAD ST.) both directions at LM 6.14: North and South bound lane closures between 33rd and 34th Streets. Signage and cones will be present. Motorists should reduce speed through the area being aware of personnel and equipment. 9 am - 2 pm daily beginning 10/19/20 through 10/28/20 weather permitting.

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-2 (W. 20TH ST.) westbound at LM 7.55: Shoulder and single lane closure between Long Street and Williams Street. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM from 10/26/20 through 11/06/20.

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-8 (RIDGEWAY AVE.) both directions from LM 17.90 to LM 17.91: Shoulder and single lane closure between Rolling Way and Barrington Road. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM from 10/26/20 through 11/06/20.

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-8 (SIGNAL MOUNTAIN RD.) both directions at LM 13.47: Lane closures between Mountain Creek Road and Mundy St. Motorists should reduce speed and be aware of new traffic pattern. Message boards and barrels will be present. Work will be from 9 AM to 3 PM daily, 10/19/20 to 10/30/20.

HAMILTON COUNTY SR-29 (US-27) Repair of the bridge over Big Soddy Creek (LM 20.6): The contractor will be performing bridge & roadway repair on the SR-29 bridge over Big Soddy Creek. During this report period the contractor will have traffic restricted with two lanes of SR-111 southbound closed. Also, during this report period, the contractor will have two lanes of SR-29 north-bound closed. At least one lane of traffic in both directions shall always remain open.
[Mid-State Construction Company, Inc./Osbonlighter/CNU046]

HAMILTON COUNTY SR-2 (US-64, US-11) Improvement of the intersection at Edgmon Road in Collegedale (LM 22.7), including grading, drainage and paving: During this report period, the contractor will be performing grading, drainage and paving. Extra care should be taken while trucks and heavy equipment are entering and exiting the roadway. The roadway may be temporarily restricted to a one lane roadway by flagging operation.
[Talley Construction Company, Inc./Osbonlighter/CNU012]

HAMILTON COUNTY SR-317 (Apison Pike) Improvement project from SR-321 (Ooltewah-Ringgold Road) to east of Layton Lane: Lane closures and flagging operations will be required on SR-317, Apison Pike, to install power poles and transfer lines. The flagging operations will be performed on 10/22/20, 10/26/2020, 10/27/2020, 10/28/2020 from 7 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM. Closures will last about 2 hours per location. There will also be very short lane closures for blasting that will last five minutes or less. The contractor will have intermittent flagging operations during daytime non-peak hours for utility work, delivery of materials and equipment.
[Wright Brothers Construction Company, Inc./Osbonlighter/CNT336]

HAMILTON COUNTY SR-58 (Ochs Hwy.) Resurfacing from the Georgia State line (LM 0) to SR-17 (LM 2.2): Friction coating on Ochs Hwy is scheduled to begin 10/26/20 (9 AM to 4 PM). It will proceed thru 10/29/20, minimally. This work will be performed under a flagging operation, alternately allowing traffic movement in one direction at a time. The travelling public is encouraged to find alternate routes to avoid long queues and waits.
[Talley Construction Company, Inc./Micka/CNT146]

HAMILTON COUNTY The construction of State Industrial Access Road to Volkswagen Group of America Supplier Park: The contractor will be grading, paving, constructing retaining wall(s) and installing signals & lighting on S.I.A. route connecting Ferdinand Piech Way & Volkswagen Dr. The roadway is not open to traffic. The motoring public should be alert to the entrance and exit of construction vehicles from the jobsite onto the connecting roadways.
[Talley Construction Company, Inc./Osbonlighter/CNU221]

MCMINN COUNTY SR-310 Microsurfacing from near SR-30 (US-411) (LM 0.0) to SR-39 (LM 6.4), including bridge repair: The paving operations on SR-310 will continue. This operation (Monday through Friday, 7 AM - 7 PM) will be supported by a flagging operation, allowing alternate movement of traffic through the work zone. The commuting public should expect significant wait times or seek alternate routes.
[Hudson Construction Company/Micka/CNU242]

MCMINN AND POLK COUNTY SR-163 Resurfacing from west of CR-750 (Piney Grove Road) (LM 9.0) in McMinn County to US-411 (SR-30) (LM 1.0) in Polk County: During this reporting period the contractor will have intermittent lane closures on SR-163 Monday through Saturday between the hours of 7 AM and 5:30 PM for the installation of permanent pavement markings and snowplowable pavement markers. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the work zone. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for flaggers assisting with traffic control.
[Wright Brothers Construction Company, Inc./Wagner/CNU137]

MEIGS COUNTY SR-58 Resurfacing from north of Ten Mile Road (LM 31.3) to the Roane County line (LM 35.1): During this period, the contractor will have one lane closed while performing resurfacing operations. One lane will always remain open. Additional flaggers will be on-site to assist with traffic control as needed.
[Rogers Group, Inc./Osbonlighter/CNU163]

POLK COUNTY Utility Work on SR-33 (HWY. 411) both directions from LM 9.9 to LM 14: Mobile lane closures SR-40 junction to Ocoee River Bridge as crews transition work zone. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment when traveling through the work zones. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present between 9 AM to 3 PM with an estimated completion of 01/31/21.

POLK COUNTY SR-40 (US-64) Bridge over the Ocoee River: During this reporting period, the contractor will be working on the westbound shoulder of US-64 (SR-40) to construct a new haul road. The westbound shoulder of US-64 (SR-40) will be closed for the duration of this work. Motorists are advised to reduce speed in the work zone and watch for trucks entering/leaving the highway.
[Charles Blalock and Sons, Inc./Wagner/DB1802]

POLK COUNTY SR-40 (US-64) Emergency slope stabilization near LM 20.5: During this reporting period, the contractor will be working to construct a retaining wall near LM 20.5 on SR-40 (US-64). The eastbound truck climbing lane is closed at this location and will remain closed for the duration of construction. Motorists are advised to reduce speed to 35 mph in the work zone due to a lane shift and to watch for trucks entering/leaving the highway
[Wright Brothers Construction Company, Inc./Wagner/CNU909]

POLK COUNTY SR-40 (US-64) Repair of bridges over North Potato Creek (LM 26.93): During this reporting period, the contractor will be working on painting the newly finished portions of the eastbound and westbound bridges. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction on US-64 for the duration of this work. Motorists are advised to reduce speed in the work zone and watch for trucks entering/leaving the highway.
[Jones Bros. Contractors, LLC/Wagner/CNT062]

POLK COUNTY Boanerges Church Road construction of a bridge over Old Fort Creek: During this reporting period, the contractor will be working to build new roadway approaches to the bridge over Old Fort Creek on Boanerges Church Road. Boanerges Church Road will be closed to all traffic for the duration of this activity. Detour signs are posted directing traffic around the closure onto SR-313 and US-411.
[Summers-Taylor, Inc./Wagner/CNT279]

RHEA COUNTY SR-302 Resurfacing from SR-30 (LM 0.0) to SR-68 (LM 8.9): During this period, the contractor will have one lane closed while performing resurfacing operations. One lane will always remain open. Additional flaggers will be on-site to assist with traffic control as needed.
[Rogers Group, Inc./Osbonlighter/CNU215]

RHEA COUNTY Grading, drainage, construction of bridges, paving and signals on a S.I.A. route serving Nokian Tyres: The lull in construction activity at the Nokian Tyres SIA project just North of Dayton, TN. will continue. However, SR-29 traffic will continue to experience slight lane shifts with no shoulders at the entrance to the SIA roadway.
[Dement Construction Company, LLC/Micka/CNU014]

REGION WIDE
REGION 2 Crack sealing at various locations on various state routes: The contractor will continue the crack sealing process on various State Routes in the following Counties: Cannon, Grundy, and Warren. Contractor will be working daily from 6 AM to 7 PM on various locations. Warren County may have night work to support the crack sealant installation. The progress work will be supported by mobile lane closure operations as crews transition the work zones along state routes for sealant work. Signage and flaggers will be present during this work. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be alert to construction personnel and equipment. During this reporting period the plan of operation will be Grundy County: SR-50 LM 0.00 to LM 6.97 daily, followed by Warren County: SR-108 LM 6.10 to LM 11.49 daily. Upon completion of SR-108 work will begin in Warren County: SR-55 LM 0.00 to LM 3.19 nightly. In the event of any inclement weather the contractor will be idle.
[Reynolds Sealing and Striping, Inc./Hussein/CNU135]

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 always be maintained.
[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 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 7 PM to 6 AM Sundays through Thursdays and daily on state routes. At least one travel lane will always remain open to traffic on the interstate, and flaggers will be present on state routes during any work that is performed.
[Cumberland Guardrail, Inc./McMinnville/CNU107]

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 9 AM to 3:30 PM. At least one travel lane will always remain open to traffic. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.
[NABCO Electric Company, Inc./Osbonlighter/CNT354]

REGION 2 Sweeping and drain cleaning on various interstate and state routes: There will be an area wide sweeping operation on selected regional state routes and interstates. This activity will be supported by a mobile lane closure. Hours of activity are Sunday through Thursday between 8 PM and 6 AM).
[Blevins Enterprises, Inc./Micka/CNT329]

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

REGION 2 On-call pavement marking and the retracing of pavement markings with spray thermoplastic on various Interstate and State Routes: The contractor will be performing retracing of pavement markings on various routes throughout DeKalb, Putnam, Warren, and Coffee Counties. Routes in DeKalb County include SR-56 and SR-146. Routes in Putnam County include SR-56, SR-111, SR-136, and SR-164. Routes in Warren County include SR-1, SR-56, and SR-136. Routes in Coffee County include SR-2, SR-16, and SR-55. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all traffic signage, personnel, and equipment.
[Reynolds Sealing and Striping, Inc./James/CNU075]

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 always remain open to traffic on the interstate during any work that is performed.
[LU, Inc./McMinnville/CNT292]

RESTRICTIONS
CLAY AND JACKSON COUNTY - CNU139: Loads wider than 10' should use an alternate route during paving.
COFFEE COUNTY - PERMIT: I-24 EXIT 117 WB ON-RAMP WILL BE CLOSED.
MARION COUNTY - CNT229: Restriction of all wide loads will remain in place until project is complete.
HAMILTON COUNTY - DB1801: There is a 14' width restriction on the NB I-75 to WB I-24 interchange ramp. This affects wide loads at approximately MM 1.7.
HAMILTON COUNTY - CNP230: I-124 (US-27)Southbound Exit 1C 4th St Of Ramp: No oversize/over dimensional loads; I-124 (US-27) Southbound Exit 1-B Martin Luther King Blvd. Off Ramp: No oversized/over dimensional loads; Martin Luther King Blvd. between Chestnut St. and Gateway Ave.: No oversized/over dimensional loads.

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


Civil Air Patrol Member Receives Award

HCSO To Be Featured On COPS Television Show, Season 33

Constitution Day Celebration At Noon Sept. 17


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Happenings

Civil Air Patrol Member Receives Award

A member of Civil Air Patrol's Choo Choo Senior Squadron for almost three years, 1st Lt. Steve Rastatter was awarded the Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Leadership Award by his squadron commander, 1st Lt. Charles "Ed" Dempsey. The award is named for the aviation pioneer and commander of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. As part of the professional development track that leads ... (click for more)

HCSO To Be Featured On COPS Television Show, Season 33

Sheriff Jim Hammond, Chief Deputy Austin Garrett and the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office announce that the agency has once again been chosen to be featured on the COPS television show. COPS film crews rode with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies for approximately nine weeks beginning in September 2020 to film Season 33 and captured numerous stories and ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Higher Number Of People Under 50 Dying From COVID-19 In Hamilton County

The Hamilton County Health Department reports an increase in the number of COVID-19 deaths below the age of 50, over the past three months. During the most recent winter surge, four percent of deaths were age 50 or younger. Since the beginning of July, 22 percent of deaths have been below the age of 50. “We extend our sympathy to all of our community members who have lost ... (click for more)

CARTA Bus Drivers Get Nice Bump In Pay As Union Contract Negotiations Are Settled

CARTA bus drivers will be getting almost a $3 per hour pay increase under terms of a new three-year contract between the transit agency and Local 1212 of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Lakecha Strickland, union president, said starting pay will be going from $17.32 an hour to $20.15 for new drivers. After a year, the pay rises to $21.80 and after two years to $23.70. Also, ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thoughts On The County Commission And Redistricting

So they say it's time for redistricting. 'Redistricting' means carving up Hamilton County into nine sections of approximately equal population, right? And, as always, we're promised fairness in the process. But 'equal' is supposedly subject to topography and other unavoidable factors, and it's definitely subject to political whim. And 'fairness' is a very flexible term whose definition ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Obit Calls Out Culprits

The first paragraph of a woman’s obituary in Illinois earlier this month was an eye-opener. “Springfield, IL—Candace Cay (Kruger) Ayers, 66, of Springfield, passed away on September 3, 2021, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was preceded in death by more than 4,531,799 others (globally) who were infected with COVID-19. She was vaccinated but was infected by others who ... (click for more)