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 July 2-8, listed by county and an estimated completion date.
In anticipation of heavier than normal traffic for the 4th of July holiday period, TDOT will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 3rd through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6th to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 Construction of a truck climbing lane EB near MM 339, including grading, drainage, and paving: The contractor is scheduled to begin milling the I-40 travel lanes which will require nighttime lane closures with queue trucks and THP support. The contractor continues work on the eastbound exit ramp at MM 340. A temporary detour lane with portable barrier rail has been constructed to allow the contractor to remove and replace the existing concrete ramp. Construction signs, guardrail (westbound), and portable barrier rail (eastbound) have been installed on I-40. Motorists should use caution at the MM 340 exit ramp and be aware of construction traffic in the work zone. Estimated project completion date is September 2020.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 Resurfacing from the SR-101 ramp to east of SR-1 (US-70): The contractor will be performing resurfacing activities and placing shoulder stone on I-40 from the Peavine Road exit (MM 322) to the Crab Orchard exit (MM 329). The eastbound and westbound lanes may be reduced to one lane with nighttime lane closures. The speed limit will be reduced to 60 mph during working hours. Queue trucks and THP will assist with traffic control. Estimated project completion date is October 2020.
Cumberland and Putnam Counties REGION 2 On-call signing on various interstate and state routes:Cumberland I-40 WB at the 319.2 mile marker; White County on SR-111 NB at the 11.4 mile marker and SR-111 SB at the 12.5 mile marker; Putnam I-40 EB at the 287.1 mile marker to 290.2 mile marker and I-40 WB at the 288.5 mile marker The work will not impede traffic in these areas, however please use caution when traveling through these area when workers are present. Estimated project completion date is July 2020.
PUTNAM COUNTY Utility Work on I-40 at MM 280: Shoulder closures will occur on the on and off ramps at I-40 and SR-56 with signage, and flaggers. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment when traveling through the work zones. Work will take place from 06/18/20 to 06/26/20 during the hours of 8 AM to 3 PM.
SMITH COUNTY I-40 Resurfacing and bridge repair at MM 263-267: Nightly, 8 PM – 5 AM, There will be intermittent lane closures on I-40 in both directions for spot milling. Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m. through Monday, June 29 at 5 a.m., I-40 westbound will be reduced to one lane at MM268 for bridge repair. Drivers should expect delays.
State Road Construction
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) has been reduced to one lane between Godsey Road and Renegade Mountain Parkway while slope stabilization is in process. The contractor will be milling, paving, and installing horizontal drains. This work may require short time lane closures. 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 when driving along Peavine Road and be alert for changes in traffic patterns. The posted speed limit has been reduced from 45 MPH to 35 MPH within the work zone. Base stone, paving, storm drain installation, and utility relocation are in progress. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed as these 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.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-24 (US-70N) Resurfacing from SR-1 (US-70) to SR-28 (US-127), and SR-28 (US-127) resurfacing from south of Elmore Road (LM 15) to Huddle Road (LM 17.9), including bridge deck repair: The contractor is scheduled to start milling on SR-24 (Elmore Road) and SR-28 (US-127) on the night of 07/06/20. This work will require temporary nighttime lane closures with traffic control devices and flagging as necessary. Motorists should be alert as conditions are subject to change each night. Estimated project completion date is October 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, bridge work, and utility work on the new roadway alignment are ongoing. No change in traffic patterns, traffic is still using the existing SR-56, however, 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. A portion of County House Road will be closed to allow the contractor to complete work in that area. Motorists should follow posted signs for County House Road detour until work is complete. Estimated project completion date is May 2022.
FENTRESS COUNTY SR-52 Resurfacing (microsurfacing) from SR-296 to the Morgan County line, including bridge deck and expansion joint repair; SR-296 resurfacing (microsurfacing) from SR-28 (US-127) to SR-52; and SR-28 (US-127) resurfacing (microsurfacing) from south of Airport Road to near the Old US-127S ramp: The contractor has completed all paving operations. The contractor will be on site intermittently to perform punch list work. During this work, contractor will have one lane closed and will utilize flaggers to control traffic through the work zone. Estimated project completion date is September 2020.
FENTRESS AND OVERTON COUNTY SR-85 Emergency slide repairs at various locations: The contractor continues work on the Overton County side of SR-85 and the road remains closed from LM 17.5 to LM 22.2. This closure will remain in effect until the project completion scheduled for 09/30/20. The Fentress County portion of SR-85 remains open to through traffic. A detour route remains in place for Overton SR-85 and motorists are encouraged to continue using the detour route until the road is opened. Estimated project completion date is September 2020.
JACKSON COUNTY SR-151 Construction of a concrete box bridge over Hudson Creek, including grading, drainage and paving: The contractor will close both lanes of SR-151 beginning 06/15/2020 and the road closure will remain in effect until 08/15/2020. Motorists will have to use the designated detour route to bypass SR-151. During the road closure, the contractor will remove the existing bridge at LM 3.50 and will replace it with a pre-cast box culvert. Once the bridge is replaced, the contractor will pave a transition to each side of the bridge and then the roadway will be opened back up to traffic. The detour route for this project will be SR-56 from Gainesboro to SR-52 in Red Boiling Springs. Motorists in Red Boiling Springs will use SR-52 to travel to SR-56. Estimated project completion date is August 2020.
JACKSON COUNTY SR-85 Resurfacing (microsurfacing) from the Smith County line to SR-56 and SR-262 resurfacing (microsurfacing) from the Macon County line to the Cumberland River Bridge:The contractor has completed paving operations and will be on site intermittently placing final pavement markings and performing punchlist work. During the placement of final pavement markings, the contractor will utilize a mobile operation and traffic may be impacted temporarily while work is performed. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and obey posted speed limit. Estimated project completion date is September 2020.
Overton County 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 Overton County. Routes in Overton County include SR-52, SR-84, SR-85, SR-111, and SR-294. 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 2021.
OVERTON COUNTY SR-111 Resurfacing (microsurfacing) from north of East Netherland Road to south of SR-84; SR-136 resurfacing (microsurfacing) from the Putnam County line to SR-85, including a thin epoxy overlay on the bridge over the Roaring River; and SR-293 resurfacing (microsurfacing) from SR-111 to SR-84: The contractor will be on site continuing work on SR-136 and SR-293. During this work, the contractor will have one lane closed and will have a lane closure set up to allow traffic to flow through the work zone with the assistance of flaggers. Motorists are encouraged to obey the posted speed limit and watch for construction operations within the roadway. The contractor is scheduled to begin paving operations on SR-111 on 07/07/20 and will have one lane closed in each direction when work begins. Estimated project completion date is September 2020.
OVERTON COUNTY SR-294 Bridge repair over Big Eagle Creek: The contractor has completed work on the superstructure of the bridge and both lanes of traffic are now opened. The contractor will be on site intermittently performing punchlist work to complete the project. During this work, the contractor will use flaggers and will have the roadway reduced to one lane. Advanced warning signs will be used when flaggers are present. Estimated project completion date is July 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. This road closure is scheduled to remain in place until 07/06/20. The closure of Oak Hill Road will be from Old SR-42 to the entrance of Fitzgerald’s. During this closure, motorists wishing to access Tanimura Plant should do so from SR-111 side; motorists wishing to access Fitzgerald’s should also do so from SR-111. A detour route will be in place along SR-293 allowing motorists to bypass Oak Hill Road. Estimated project completion date is July 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 07/03/20.
PUTNAM COUNTY SR-111 resurfacing from south of East Main Street to the Overton County line: The contractor will be paving roadway surface mix and installing traffic counters, resulting in daily lane closures on SR-111 from East Main Street (LM 10.3) to the Overton County Line (LM 12.96). 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 October 2020.
PUTNAM COUNTY SR-135 (South Willow Ave.) Resurfacing from south of Grider Road to north of State Street, including bridge expansion joint repair: The contractor will begin installing construction signs and removing concrete curb ramps. Nightly lane closures (Sunday through Thursday), during the hours of 9 PM to 6 AM, on SR 135 from South of Grider Rd (LM 7.38) to North of State Street (LM 9.75). 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 October 2020.
PUTNAM COUNTY SR-136 Resurfacing from US-70N (SR-24) to north of Whiteaker Springs Road: The contractor will be adjusting manholes during the day, resulting in daily lane closures from 12th Street (LM 5.4) to north of Whiteaker Springs Road (LM 7). 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 July 2020.
SMITH COUNTY, emergency slope stabilization on U.S. 70 (S.R. 24) near L.M. 12.95: From now through July 2020, U.S. 70 (SR 24) is reduced to one 11-foot lane. Temporary traffic signal in place for traffic control.
SMITH COUNTY, Cordell Hull Bridge Repair: From now through July 2020, the Cordell Hull Bridge (Old SR 25) will be closed for repairs. A signed detour will be in place.
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 July 2020.
WHITE COUNTY Grading, drainage and paving at Airport Rd. leading up to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport: The contractor will be performing grading and drainage work along Technology Drive and Airport Road 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 July 2020.