By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor
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 23-29, 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: Nighttime lane closures will occur with queue truck. THP support will be required as the contractor continues to mill and pave the I-40 travel lanes as well as installing guardrail. Work is in progress on the eastbound exit ramp at MM 340. A temporary detour lane with portable barrier rail has been constructed to allow the contractor to safely remove and replace the existing concrete ramp. Motorists should use caution at the MM 340 exit ramp and as they travel through 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 installing permanent pavement markings, rumble strips, delineators, and permanent signs as well as performing bridge work 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 as needed. Estimated project completion date is October 2020.
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 (MM 263-267). Friday, July 17 at 8PM through Monday, July 20 at 5AM, I-40 westbound will be reduced to one lane at MM 268 for bridge repair. Drivers should expect delays.
Regional Road Work
White and Putnam Counties REGION 2 On-call signing on various interstate and state routes:Beginning on 07/20/20, the contractor will be installing sign footers on the shoulder of various locations on state and interstate routes in Bradley, Hamilton, Putnam, and White Counties. No impact on traffic is anticipated due to these activities. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling through these areas and when workers are present. Estimated project completion date is July 2020.
State Road Construction
CLAY COUNTY Utility Work on SR-294 (WILLOW GROVE RD.) in both directions from LM 3.4 to LM 3.6: Lane closures will occur with signage and flaggers in place. 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 between 8 AM to 3 PM from 07/23/20 through 07/29/20.
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) 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 while 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, blasting operations, storm drain installation, and utility relocation are in progress. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed as these construction activities continue. Peavine Road will be closed from Fairview Blvd to just past the Catoosa / Westchester intersection with detours posted. 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: Milling activities and paving are in progress on SR-24 (Elmore Road) and SR-28 (US-127). Other work will include signal loop replacement, catch basin repair, and permanent pavement marking. 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. Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for construction equipment adjacent to the roadway. Flaggers may be present to move equipment across 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 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 use a 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. 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.
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, SR-111, and SR-293. During this work, the contractor will have one lane closed and will have a lane closure in place to allow traffic to flow through the work zone with the assistance of flaggers. Motorists are encouraged to obey posted speed limit signs and watch for construction operations within the roadway. On SR-111, the contractor will have one lane closed in each direction and will utilize advanced warning signs, arrow boards, and traffic cones to direct traffic through the work zone. Estimated project completion date is September 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 07/29/20.
PUTNAM COUNTY Utility Work on SR-290 (W. 12TH ST.) in both directions from LM 5.81 to LM 6.38: Lane closures will occur between N. Franklin Road and N. Willow Avenue 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 between 9 AM to 2 PM from 07/15/20 through 10/16/20.
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 be removing and pouring 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.
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.
VAN BUREN 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 Van Buren, Rhea, and Bledsoe Counties. Routes in Van Buren County include SR-1 and SR-30. Routes in Rhea County include SR-30. Routes in Bledsoe County include SR-28. 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.
WHITE COUNTY Grading, drainage and paving at Airport Rd. leading up to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport: The contractor will be working on 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.