UC Traffic Advisories Oct. 8-14

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 Oct. 8-14, 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: Temporary nighttime lane closures will be required for texturing coating, permanent pavement markings and overhead sign installation. Traffic control devices, THP, and queue trucks will be used as necessary during lane closures. Work continues the exit ramp at MM 340 eastbound. Motorists should use caution at the MM 340 exit ramp and as they travel through the work zone.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 Resurfacing from the SR-101 ramp to east of SR-1 (US-70): I-40 will be reduced to one lane both in directions (24 hours daily) at Daddy’s Creek Bridge (MM 326) for bridge repair (epoxy overlay). Temporary nighttime lane closures may be required at other times to allow resurfacing activities to continue. The speed limit will be reduced to 60 mph during working hours. Queue trucks and THP will assist with traffic control as needed.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY TDOT Maintenance on I-40 in both directions from MM 306 to MM 340:Maintenance crews to be performing slope mowing operations behind various guardrails along I-40. This will require outside shoulder closures. Work will be performed from Monday 10/05/20 thru Friday 10/09/20, beginning each day at 8 AM to 3:30 PM.

SMITH COUNTY I-40 Resurfacing and bridge repair at MM 263-268: Nightly, 8 PM – 5 AM, There will be intermittent lane closures on I-40 in both directions for construction.

Regional Road Work

CLAY AND JACKSON COUNTY The resurfacing (scrub seal) on SR-135 and SR-151 in Clay County and on SR-151 in Jackson County: The contractor is scheduled to begin work on resurfacing operations on 10/08/20. During this work, the contractor will utilize lane closures and will have flaggers on site to assist with traffic flow through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and pay attention to construction signs and flaggers working adjacent to the roadway. RESTRICTIONS: Loads wider than 10′ should use an alternate route during paving.

CANNON & WARREN – Crack sealing at various locations on various state routes: The contractor will continue the Crack Sealing process on various State Routes in the following Counties: Cannon and Warren. Contractor will be working daily from 6 AM to 7 PM on various locations. Warren County will have night work Monday thru Thursday to support the crack sealant installation. The work will be supported by mobile lane closure operations as crews transition the work zones along state routes for sealant work. Signage and flaggers will be present. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be alert to construction personnel and equipment. 

CANNON, CUMBERLAND, FENTRESS, OVERTON, PUTNAM, WARREN and WHITE COUNTIES –Retracing of painted pavement marking lines on various State Routes: The contractor will be performing retracing of pavement markings on various routes throughout Putnam, Overton, Fentress, Cumberland, White, Cannon, and Warren Counties. Routes in Putnam County include SR-96 and SR-291. Routes in Overton County include SR-52. Routes in Fentress County include SR-52. Routes in Cumberland County include SR-298. Routes in White County include SR-136. Routes in Cannon County include SR-53, SR-64, and SR-281. Routes in Warren County include SR-108 and SR-287. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all traffic signage, personnel, and equipment.

DEKALB, PUTNAM & WARREN COUNTIES – REGION 2 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 DeKalb, Putnam and Warren. Routes in DeKalb County include SR-56 and SR-146. Routes in Putnam County include SR-56, SR-111, SR-136, and SR-164. Routes in Warren County include SR-1, SR-56, and SR-136. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all traffic signage, personnel, and equipment.

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 approximately 11/15/20. The contractor is currently working to stabilize the roadway and is completing construction on the last scheduled roadway retaining wall. Motorists should continue using the signed detour route until the roadway is opened back up.

State Road Construction

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-1 (US-70) Emergency slope stabilization near LM 26.6: SR-1 (US-70) has been reduced to one lane of traffic between Godsey Road and Renegade Mountain Parkway while slope stabilization is in process. Construction signs, portable barrier rail, barrels, and temporary traffic signals have been installed. Remaining work may require short term lane stoppages. 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. Peavine Road will be closed from Fairview Blvd to just past the Catoosa/Westchester intersection with detours posted. 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. Motorists should reduce speed on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel/equipment entering and exiting the roadway.

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: Resurfacing-related activities are in progress on SR-24 (Elmore Road) and SR-28 (US-127). 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.

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, paving operations, 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 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. The contractor is working at the intersection of South Tittsworth Road and the new alignment. Traffic will be shifted onto a diversion to allow contractor to construct new alignment. Motorists should use caution in this area and watch for flaggers.

FENTRESS COUNTY Rockfall mitigation on SR-85 at (LM 3.80): The contractor will be on site continuing construction installation 10/07 and 10/08. Once construction signs are installed, SR 85 in Fentress County will be closed from Sandy RD at MM 2.19 to East Obey Lane at MM 5.67. This closure will be in effect beginning 10/08/20 and will remain closed until contract completion of 05/31/21. During this closure, a detour route will be in place to allow traffic to navigate around the road closure. For traffic traveling eastbound, the detour route will be SR-164 to SR-62 in Monterey. From there, motorists will use SR-62 to travel to SR-28 to the Clarkrange intersection. Motorists will proceed then to SR-85. For traffic traveling westbound, the detour route will be SR-28 to SR-62 at the Clarkrange intersection. Then, motorists will proceed to SR-164 in Monterey and travel to SR-85. Please note that due to an ongoing adjacent project, SR-85 in Overton County near SR-164 will remain closed also until approximately 11/15/20.

PUTNAM COUNTY Utility Work on SR-290 (W. 12TH ST.) in both directions from LM 5.81 to LM 6.38:  Lane closures 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 (LM 7.4) to north of State Street (LM 9.75), including bridge expansion joint repair: The contractor will resume milling operations and begin paving operations. Nightly lane closures are possible Sunday through Thursday from 9 PM to 6AM. Motorist are advised to use caution while traveling through the work and be alert of all signage, traffic control devices, personnel, and equipment.

WARREN COUNTY SR-286 Resurfacing from east of South Chancery Street (LM 0.00) to west of SR-380 (LM 2.79) and on SR-55 from north of Old Well Road (LM 4.76) to north of Hallum Lane (LM 8.56):The contractor will continue milling and paving operations on SR-55. Daily lane closures are possible on SR-55. Paving will also begin on SR-286. There will be flagging and temporary lane closures on SR-286 during this time. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and be alert to all traffic control devices, signage, equipment and personnel.

WHITE COUNTY Grading, drainage and paving at Airport Rd. leading up to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport: The contractor will be working on paving and installing permanent signs along Technology Drive, Airport Road, and SR-136 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.

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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