Traffic Advisories April 2-8

UPPER CUMBERLAND – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and several local governments have significant highway construction going on throughout the Upper Cumberland region that will drastically impact travelers. The following are the traffic advisories for construction throughout the Upper Cumberland for April 2-8, listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction

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 on I-40. The contractor continues grade work and drainage activities in the median behind portable barrier rail. Motorists are encouraged to reduce speed and use caution when traveling through the work zone. Estimated project completion date is September 2020.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY TDOT Maintenance on I-40 eastbound from MM 317 to MM 320: TDOT crews will be cleaning storm drains. The right lane on I-40 eastbound will be closed between Exit 317 and Exit 320 from 8 AM to 4 PM daily.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 Resurfacing from the SR-101 ramp (LM 18) to east of SR-1 (US-70) (LM 24.6): The I-40 eastbound and westbound bridges at MM 327 In Cumberland County have been re-opened to two lanes of traffic. Estimated project completion date is October 2020.

PUTNAM COUNTY TDOT Maintenance on I-40 in both directions from MM 280 to MM 291: TDOT Maintenance will be intermittently closing one lane of I-40 from MM 280 to MM 291 in both directions for pothole patching between 9 AM and 4 PM on 03/26/20.

SMITH COUNTY – Daily, 7AM-7PM, There will be lane closures and rolling roadblocks on I-40 between MM 239-263 as needed for emergency clean up.

State Road Construction

CUMBERLAND COUNTY Utility Work on SR-1 (WEST AVE.) in both directions from LM 14.17 to LM 14.63: Mobile lane closures will occur in both directions between Stanley Street and just beyond Park Street. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present between 8 AM to 3 PM with an estimated completion of 04/08/20.

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 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.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-101 (Peavine Road) Grading, drainage, and paving from Firetower Road to Westchester/Catoosa Boulevard: Motorists should use caution while driving along Peavine Road and be alert for shifts in traffic patterns. The posted speed limit has been reduced from 45 MPH to 35 MPH within the work zone. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed as construction activities continue. Motorists should reduce speed on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel/equipment entering and exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion date is November 2020.

DEKALB AND WARREN COUNTY SR-56 Construction of bridges and paving from south of Warren-Dekalb County line to East Bryant St: The contractor will continue installing concrete box culverts and drainage structures. Grade work and utility work on the new roadway alignment are ongoing. No change in traffic patterns, traffic is still using the existing SR-56. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for construction equipment adjacent to roadway. Flaggers may be present to move equipment across the roadway, unload equipment, or complete utility work.  Estimated project completion date is May 2022.

FENTRESS AND OVERTON COUNTY SR-85 Emergency slide repairs at various locations: Motorists should use caution while driving along Peavine Road and be alert for shifts in traffic patterns. The posted speed limit has been reduced from 45 MPH to 35 MPH within the work zone. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed as construction activities continue. Motorists should reduce speed on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel/equipment entering and exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion date is November 2020.

OVERTON COUNTY SR-294 Bridge repair over Big Eagle Creek: The lane closure at LM 1.39 remains in effect and the contractor continues work on the bridge deck. The lane closure will remain until project completion scheduled for 06/15/20. During the closure, a temporary signal system will remain in place to allow traffic through the work zone. RESTRICTIONS: Loads wider than 10′ should seek alternate route. Estimated project completion date is June 2020.

OVERTON COUNTY S.I.A. Grading, drainage and paving on Oak Hill Road from Rickman Road to near SR-111: The contractor currently has Oak Hill Road closed to through traffic. The road closure is scheduled to remain in place until project completion on 06/30/20. The closure of Oak Hill Road will begin just past Tanimura Plant entrance and end at first entrance of Fitzgerald’s Plant. During this closure, motorists wishing to access Tanimura Plant should do so from SR-111 side; motorists wishing to access Fitzgerald’s should do so from Old SR-42/Rickman Road. A detour route will be in place along SR-293 to allow motorists to bypass Oak Hill Road. Estimated project completion date is June 2020.

PUTNAM COUNTY – COOKEVILLE South Willow Ave. from State St. to I-40: Lane closures will occur between I-40 and State Street with signage, barrels and cones. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment when traveling through the work zones. Traffic may be reduced to a single lane in some locations from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday with estimated completion date of 06/30/20.

PUTNAM COUNTY Utility Work on SR-135 (S. WILLOW AVE.) in both directions from LM 9.92 to LM 9.97: Trucks, signage and flaggers will be present for work along S. Willow Ave. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment between 10 AM and 3 PM from 04/02/20 through 05/01/20.

PUTNAM COUNTY Utility Work on SR-136 (S. JEFFERSON AVE.) in both directions from LM 2.4 to LM 2.7: Trucks, signage and flaggers will be present for work along S. Jefferson Ave. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM from 02/10/20 through 04/30/20.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-136 Resurfacing from US-70N (SR-24) (LM 4.15) to north of Whiteaker Springs Road (LM 7): The contractor will be working on concrete sidewalks during the day and overnight. This will result in nightly lane closures Sunday through Thursday each week. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all traffic signage, personnel, and equipment. Estimated project completion date is June 2020.

SMITH COUNTY, Bridge Repair on SR 53 over Mulherrin Creek (LM 7.18) From now through April 2020:  SR 53 will be reduced to one 9′ lane at the bridge over Mulherrin Creek for bridge work. Traffic will be controlled by temporary signals.

SMITH COUNTY, Emergency slope stabilization on U.S. 70 (S.R. 24) near L.M. 12.95: U.S. 70 (SR 24) is reduced to one 11′ lane. Temporary traffic signal in place for traffic control.

VAN BUREN COUNTY SR-30 Slope stabilization in VanBuren County near LM 16.1: The contractor is working on SR-30 north from LM 15.9 to 16.3. The roadway will be reduced to one lane controlled by a traffic signal. Large trucks heading West on SR-30, down the mountain are encouraged to use extreme caution. Estimated project completion date is April 2020.

WARREN COUNTY SR-288 Construction of a concrete bulb-tee beam bridge over Collins River, including grading, drainage and paving: Both lanes of the bridge are now open. Motorists should use caution in work zone and watch for workers. If necessary, flaggers may be present to complete any remaining work. Estimated project completion date is April 2020.

WHITE COUNTY Utility Work on SR-1 (MAYBERRY ST.) in both directions from LM 8.58 to LM 9.46:Trucks, signage and flaggers will be present for work along Mayberry St. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment between 10 AM and 3 PM from 04/02/20 through 05/01/20.

WHITE COUNTY Utility Work on SR-111 (SPENCER HWY.) in both directions at LM 6.99: Trucks, signage and flaggers will be present for work along Spencer Hwy. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment between 10 AM and 3 PM from 04/02/20 through 05/01/20.

TDOTWHITE COUNTY Grading, drainage and paving at Airport Rd. leading up to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport: Construction signs and portable barrier wall have been installed throughout the project. The contractor will be performing grading and drainage work along Technology Drive during this period. Temporary traffic stoppages may be needed as construction progresses. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all traffic signage, personnel, and equipment. Estimated project completion date is June 2020.

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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