TDOT Traffic Advisories October 24-30

UPPER CUMBERLAND – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has significant highway construction going on throughout the Upper Cumberland region that will drastically impact travelers. 

The following are the traffic advisories for interstate construction throughout the Upper Cumberland for Oct 24-30, listed by county and an estimated completion date.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 Construction of a truck climbing lane EB near MM 339, including grading, drainage, and paving: Construction signs, guardrail (westbound), and portable barrier rail (eastbound) have been installed. The contractor has begun grade work in the median behind portable barrier rail. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, use caution, and be aware of construction personnel in the work zone and equipment that will entering/exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion date is June 2020.

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 near MM 296 Bridge repair on Rocky Point Road over I-40: Rocky Point Road Bridge at LM 9.31 over I-40 is closed due to bridge repairs and will re-open November 2019. A detour is in place to guide motorists around the bridge closure. The contractor will be performing lane closures on I-40 (10/27/19 through 11/02/19 from 8 PM to 6 AM). Lane closures will be from MM 295 to MM 297 in both the eastbound and westbound directions. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone. Estimated project completion date is November 2019.

The following are the traffic advisories for state roads across the Upper Cumberland for Oct. 24-30, listed by county with the road, extent of work and an estimated completion date.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-1 (US-70) Emergency slope stabilization near LM 26.6: Construction signs, portable barrier rail, and temporary traffic signals have been installed. SR-1 (US-70) will be reduced to one lane of traffic between Godsey Road and Renegade Mountain Parkway while slope stabilization is in process. Motorists should exercise caution and pay attention to temporary traffic signals as they travel through the work zone. Estimated project completion date is November 2019.

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. The posted speed limit has been reduced from 45 MPH to 35 MPH within the work zone. Temporary lane closures and traffic stoppages may be needed to support paving and other activities. Dartmoor Road will be closed between Peavine Road and Wilshire Heights to install a storm drain with detour signs in place. Motorists should reduce speeds on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel/equipment entering and exiting the roadway.  Estimated project completion date is November 2020.

DEKALB COUNTY SR-141 (LANCASTER RD) in both directions from LM 2.3 to LM 2.5:The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are replacing a box culvert on SR-141 as part of the Center Hill Dam restoration project. SR-141 will be closed adjacent to Long Branch Campground. The road will be impassible during construction of the culvert and a detour route is posted. Estimated project completion date is October 2019.

DEKALB COUNTY TDOT Contractor on SR-96 (DALE RIDGE RD.) USACE Dam restoration project in both directions from LM 12.5 to LM 13.5:One lane closed and traffic is controlled by a temporary signal due to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam restoration work. Motorists should exercise caution as they travel through the work zone. Estimated project completion date is June 2020.

DEKALB AND WARREN COUNTY SR-56 Construction of bridges and paving from south of Warren-Dekalb County line to East Bryant St: Clearing and grubbing activities are on-going. Flaggers may be present while equipment is off-loaded or crossing the roadway. Motorists are encouraged to use caution in the work zone.  Estimated project completion date is May 2022.

FENTRESS COUNTY Rotten Fork Road over Rotten Fork of the Wolf River Bridge Replacement: The contractor is currently working on the new bridge at Rotten Fork Road at LM 0.135. Rotten Fork Road remains open to traffic while the new bridge is being constructed. The contractor is performing grade work at the beginning of Rotten Fork Road to construct the new roadway alignment; an alternate traffic pattern is in place. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for construction equipment adjacent to roadway. Estimated project completion date is November 2019.

FENTRESS COUNTY Vines Ridge Road over Big Laurel Creek Bridge Replacement: Vines Ridge Road remains closed at LM 1.06 and will remain closed until the new bridge is constructed and in place. Approximate date for the length of the closure is 11/30/19. Motorists should seek an alternate route around Vines Ridge Road near the location of construction. Estimated project completion date is November 2019.

FENTRESS AND OVERTON COUNTY SR-85 Emergency slide repairs at various locations: The roadway is closed from LM 18.4 to LM 22.4 in Overton county. SR-85 will be opened to one lane of traffic in Fentress County between LM 3.50 to 8.00. The contractor is continuing work on this contract in the two areas listed above. The contractor has placed temporary traffic signals and will use portable barrier rail where the roadway will be reduced to one lane to allow traffic to flow through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and seek alternate routes. RESTRICTIONS: Loads wider than 10′ should seek alternate route.Estimated project completion date is January 2020.

OVERTON COUNTY SR-111 Miscellaneous safety improvements at the intersections of SR-293: The contractor currently has SR-111 from the LM 2.25 to the 3.75 reduced to one lane in each direction. This lane closure will remain until contract completion scheduled for 10/31/19. In addition to the lane closure, the speed limit through the work zone has been decreased to 55 MPH for the safety of the motoring public and the contractor’s personnel. SR-293 is affected at the intersection of SR-111 with the median crossings being closed for the duration of the project. Motorists are encouraged to obey 55 MPH speed limit and watch for construction operations adjacent to the roadway.RESTRICTIONS: Loads wider than 14′ should seek alternate route.Estimated project completion date is October 2019.

OVERTON COUNTY SR-294 Bridge repair over Big Eagle Creek: The contractor has placed all barrier rail and reduced the roadway to one lane. This roadway restriction will remain in place until contract completion scheduled for 06/15/20. During this time, a temporary traffic signal will be used to facilitate traffic flow through the work zone. Motorists should use caution through the work zone, obey the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop at the traffic signal. RESTRICTIONS: No loads wider than 10 feet.Estimated project completion date is June 2020.

OVERTON COUNTY SR-111 Resurfacing from south of Twin Oaks Road to north of Big Springs Road and on SR-294 from SR-111 to Oakley-Allons Road:This project is substantially complete. Estimated project completion date is November 2019.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-136 Resurfacing from US-70N (SR-24) to north of Whiteaker Springs Road:  Work will be performed on existing sidewalks and concrete curb ramps, as well as placing new pavement on the roadway. This will result in lane closures each night on SR-136 between the hours of 7 PM and 6 AM. Motorists should use caution and be prepared for slowed traffic when traveling through the workzone. Estimated project completion date is June 2020.

WARREN COUNTY SR-288 Construction of a concrete bulb-tee beam bridge over Collins River, including grading, drainage and paving: The Bridge is currently reduced to one 10.5-foot 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. Motorists should expect periodic delays and use caution in the work zone. RESTRICTIONS: 10.5-foot max width.Estimated project completion date is November 2019.

WHITE COUNTY SR-1 (US-70) Repair of the bridge over the Calfkiller River in Sparta: The Calfkiller Bridge in Sparta is in the third of the three phases of lane closures. These phases will affect between Wilson Street and Church Street. This third phase will restrict both directions of traffic to one lane each. Workers will be working on the eastbound side of the bridge. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.  Estimated project completion date is October 2019.

Michelle Price is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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