Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

I-24 Replacement of Belvoir Avenue Bridge over I-24 and I-24 bridges over Germantown Road near MM 183: The contractor will be installing barrier rail along the outside shoulders. This work will require a single right lane closure in each direction of I-24 between MM 182 & MM 184. These lane closures will occur Monday-Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 6 a,m. Additionally, motorists should be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving near the Exit 182 off ramp and South Terrace at Germantown Road intersection. Estimated project completion date is August 2021. [Bell and Associates Construction, LP/Blevins/CMGC03]

I-75 at I-24 Interchange Reconstruction: Watch for trucks entering and exiting project. Phase 1 traffic shifts have been implemented. Traffic should expect multiple lane shifts traveling through the interchange. Lane closures will occur Sunday nights through Thursday nights between 9 p.m.-6 a.m. 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 p.m.-6 a.m. Additionally, there may intermittent shoulder closures at various locations for access to the median and roadside areas. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH throughout the interchange. HOLIDAY: No lane closures will be used on Thursday or Sunday. [C.W. Matthews Contracting Company, Inc./Blevins/DB1801]

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 on the west side of southbound US-27. Motorists should be alert for construction vehicles entering and leaving the area along the access ramps for east and westbound M. L. King Boulevard. The speed limit for the access ramp is 35 MPH. The southbound ramp from W. Main St. to southbound US-27 has been temporarily closed and will remain so until further notice. Detours are posted. 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 p.m.-6 a.m. At least one lane will remain open in each direction on US-27. RESTRICTIONS: I-124 (US-27) Northbound Exit 1C 4th St Off Ramp: No oversize/over dimensional loads; I-124 (US-27) Southbound Exit 1C 4th St Of Ramp: On oversize/over dimensional loads; I-124 (US-27) Southbound Exit 1B East Martin Luther King Blvd. Off Ramp: No oversized/over dimensional loads; I-124 (US-27) Southbound On Ramps from Martin Luther King Blvd.: No oversized/over dimensional loads. [Dement Construction Company, LLC/Micka/CNP230]

TDOT Contractor on I-24 in both directions from MM 171 to MM 179: During this reporting period, surveying crews will be having a mobile operation on the shoulder as they do survey work on I-24.

TDOT Contractor on SR-8 (US-127/Signal Mountain Boulevard) both directions from LM 14 to LM 16.5: Beginning on April 1, geotechnical contract crews will begin conducting drilling operations to evaluate the roadway for a future improvement project. These operations are estimated to continue on weekdays during daytime hours for approximately five weeks. The contractor will begin work at 9 a.m. each day and work as long as possible. There are 10 sites between SR-27/Suck Creek Road to past Shoal Creek Road that the contractor will be investigating during this time period. During drilling operations, the roadway will be temporarily reduced to one lane. Drivers are encouraged to be patient and alert as they travel through the work zone. Estimated project completion date is May. [S and ME/Maintenance/MAINT]

TDOT Maintenance on I-75 in both directions from MM 4.8 to MM 6.6: On Tuesday night of this reporting period from 9 p.m.-6 a.m., the shoulder will be closed for survey crews to work.

TDOT Maintenance on SR-29 (US-27) northbound at LM 29.4: On 04/14/2020, maintenance crews will have the shoulder and outside lane closed.

Utility Work on SR-2 (Broad Street) southbound from LM 6.31 to LM 6.31: Shoulder and single lane closure will occur between W. 32nd Street and Watson Street at 3201 Broad Street. Signage and cones will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. from Monday through April 24.

Cleaning of the McCallie Tunnel on SR-2 (US-64, US-11), the Stringers Ridge Tunnel on SR-8 (US-127), and the Bachman Tubes on SR-8 (US-76, US-41): On Wednesday from 8 p.m.-6 a.m., the McCallie tunnels will be cleaned using a flagging operation. Later that night, the Stringers Ridge tunnels will be cleaned using a signed detour. On Thursday, April 16, from 8 ap.m.-6 a.m., there will be a tunnel cleaning operation at the Bachman Tubes (East Ridge tunnels) supported by a signed detour.  Estimated project completion date is June. [Diamond Specialized, Inc./Micka/CNT196]

SR-317 (Apison Pike) Improvement project from SR-321 (Ooltewah-Ringgold Road) to east of Layton Lane: All routes open with only intermittent flagging for material, equipment, and tree cutting activities. Estimated project completion date is June 2025. [Wright Brothers Construction Company, Inc./Osbonlighter/CNT336]



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