Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

TDOT Maintenance both directions from milepost 0.0 to milepost 2.0 on I-75:  I-24 and I-75 interchange will have lane closures for coring operations for interchange reconstruction. This will occur Monday thru Wednesday from 9 p.m.-5 a.m.

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]  

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.  On Thursday, March 22nd, the contractor will implement a temporary nighttime right lane closure to repair pavement on US-27 North.  This lane closure will be in place before the 4th street Exit (1C) to the Olgiati Bridge on US-27 North and will take effect starting at 7 p.m.  The work should take approximately three hours.  Ramp traffic for US-27 NB will not be affected.  The contractor has closed the 12th Street tie-in ramp to US-27 South. This closure will be in place until April 2018. Traffic from 12th Street will be detoured to Carter Street and then to Westbound MLK where motorists may access the US-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. The speed limit has been reduced from 45 MPH to 35 MPH between Main Street and 4th Street on US-27 North. The speed limit on US-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. Weather permitting, the contractor may implement temporary lane/shoulder closures on weeknights between the hours of 7PM and 6AM. 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: 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]  

Utility Work northbound from milepost 10.8 to milepost 10.8 on SR8 Cherokee Blvd.:   NB lane closure for utility work between Gurley Street and Black Street to install gas service. Signage will be in place to reduce speed through work zone. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment in the roadway. Work to begin March 20, 2018 and estimated completion of March 23. [UO-2007050655-2018]  

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]  

SR-58 intersection improvement at Champion Road:   During this report period, the contractor will have lane closures between 9AM-7PM. This work may affect either direction of SR-58 at the Champion Rd. intersection. No lane closures will be in effect from 5AM to 9PM in the southbound direction and from 3PM to 6PM in the northbound direction. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed. Estimated project completion date is June. [Greenstar, LLC/Pruett/CNS025]  

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 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Tunnels will be closed during cleaning, and detours will be marked accordingly as each tunnel is cleaned. This work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday at the McCallie tunnels (SR-2) & proceed to the Stringer's Ridge tunnel (SR-8) and on Wednesday the Bachman Tubes (SR-8) will be cleaned. Estimated project completion date is June. [ETI Environmental, Inc./Micka/CNR223] 




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