UC Traffic Advisories April 22-27

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 22-27 listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction:

I-40 Cookeville to Nashville

Smith County I-40: Vulcan Materials Co. will also be working on I-40 in Smith County from near Dawson Rd. to SR 141 (MM 250-254) in both directions. Alternating lane closures will be in place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WILSON COUNTY Bridge widening on SR-171 over I-40, MM 222.6 – 227, Nightly, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.: I-40 EB and WB at SR 171 will have intermittent lane closures resurfacing activities.

I-40 Cookeville to Knoxville 

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 Permitted Work eastbound from MM 319.5 to MM 319.7: The Buc-ee’s contractor is continuing work along the Exit 320 Eastbound off ramp on I-40. The off ramp right turn lane has been shortened while the contractor widens the off ramp.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 resurfacing from MM 333.5 to the Roane County line (MM 340.4) including SR-299 interchanges: Nightly lane closures to begin on 04/20/22 from 7:00 PM until 6:00 AM.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 West between Mile Markers 340 and 344: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this slope stabilization project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, reduced speeds, lane shifts, and use extreme caution through this area.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 East near Mile Marker 350: On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform roadside soil remediation due to a recent hazmat incident.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slow or stopped traffic, expect delays, and use extreme caution through this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West Entrance Ramp from Bridgewater Road (Exit 379): Motorists should be alert for lane shifts on the ramp through this concrete repair project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, new traffic patterns and use extreme caution through this area.

Regional (Multi-county) Road Work

CANNON AND WARREN COUNTY SR-1 (US-70S) bridge repair and paving from east of Lincoln Lane (LM 11) in Cannon County to Robinson Road (LM 9.4) in Warren County:  Resurfacing operations are on-going throughout the project. Daily lane closures and flagging operations are being utilized. Motorists should use caution through the work zone.

CUMBERLAND AND FENTRESS COUNTY SR-28 (US-127) widening from near N. Lowe Rd (LM 29.2) to north of SR-62 (LM 1.9): The contractor will be continuing work on the bridge repair located on SR-28 at LM 30.50 in Cumberland County. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey posted speed limit through the work zone. The contractor also will be continuing work clearing along the new alignment. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and watch for construction equipment adjacent to roadway.

DEKALB AND WARREN COUNTY SR-56 Construction of bridges and paving from south of Warren-Dekalb County line to East Bryant St: There is a new traffic pattern between LM 24.4 in Warren County through LM 1.0 in Dekalb County. There is a detour in place for Sink Creek Road. Motorists should follow posted signs in the area. 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. The contractor will utilize flagging operations throughout the project for grading operations. Traffic has been shifted onto the detour between SR-288 and Old Blue Springs Road for the contractor to complete grade work in the area. Traffic shifts in Smithville will remain from South College Street to the end of project to allow contractor to complete work. Motorists should use caution through the area while flaggers are present to direct traffic. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone. Motorists should use caution in this area.

State Road Construction

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-28 (US-127) bridge construction and paving from north of I-40 (LM 17.8) to near Potato Farm Road (LM 22.7): Construction signs and erosion control measures have been installed. The contractor continues grading activities which will include embankment fill, storm drain installation, and placement of graded solid rock. Temporary lane closures and/or periodic traffic stoppages will be necessary for construction activities. Utility relocations for gas, water, sewer, and electric are in progress. Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone and be aware of reduced speed zones.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-24 (US-70 N.) Utility Work both directions from LM 14.71 to LM 15.84: Mobile lane closures along SR-24 between Little Randolph Road and Maryetta Street. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Trucks, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 03/24/22 through 04/29/22 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-298 (GENESIS RD.) Utility Work both directions from LM 10.26 to LM 13.74: Mobile lane closures along SR-298 between Potato Farm Road and Roy Taylor Road. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Trucks, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 03/10/22 through 04/27/22 from 8 am – 3 pm.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-462 from SR-28 (US-127N / LM 3.1) to SR-298 (Genesis Road/LM 4.6) in Crossville: The Buc-ee’s contractor will use temporary lane closures of Genesis RD from LM 2.19 to LM 2.5 for milling, paving, and striping activities.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-298 (GENESIS RD.) Utility Work both directions from LM 10.26 to LM 13.74: Mobile lane closures along SR-298 between Potato Farm Road and Roy Taylor Road. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Trucks, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 03/10/22 through 04/27/22 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-462 from SR-28 (US-127N / LM 3.1) to SR-298 (Genesis Road / LM 4.6) in Crossville: Interstate Drive is closed from Stout Drive to Genesis Road. The detour is posted with temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Woodlawn Road and Genesis Road. Grade work and utility relocation activities for water and sewer are in progress. Construction activities are also in progress for the adjoining Buc-ee’s project. Activities will require temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages on Interstate Drive and Genesis Road as well as short term closures of City streets.

DEKALB COUNTY SR-26 (US-70) grading, drainage, and construction of retaining walls and paving from near SR-53 (LM 2) to near SR-96 (LM 6.1): The contractor continues roadside grading operations, installing erosion control measures, and water, gas, and electric line relocation. This will result in intermittent lane closures. Blasting operations may also result in brief road closures. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

FENTRESS COUNTY SR-85 slide repair project: SR-85 in Fentress County at the 6.4 MM has been reduced to one lane and is being controlled by temporary traffic signals. The contractor began work on the project on 04/18/22.

MACON COUNTY, SR 52 Traffic Signal Installation at Ellington Drive:  Daily, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., There will be intermittent lane closures on SR 52 at Ellington Drive for Traffic Signal installation.  

OVERTON COUNTY SR-111 (BYRDSTOWN HWY.) Utility Work both directions from LM 15.65 to LM 18.72: Shoulder and single lane closures from Garrett Mill Road to Monroe School Road. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Trucks, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 03/31/22 through 04/28/22 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

OVERTON COUNTY SR-85 (HILHAM HWY.) Utility Work both directions from LM 4.52 to LM 3.2: Mobile lane closures along SR-85 between Old Standing Stone Road and Jerry Bilbrey Lane. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment when traveling through the work zone. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 02/17/22 through 04/29/22 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

OVERTON COUNTY SR-85 (W. MAIN ST) Utility Work both directions from LM 11.82 to LM 11.92: ROAD CLOSURE and DETOUR on E. Main Street between S. McHenry Street and S. Goodpasture Street. The work zone is at the intersection of E. Main Street/S. Church Street (SR-85/SR-52). Motorists should reduce speed and follow the detour signage. Police, message boards, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, from 7:30 pm through 2:30 am 04/26/22 with a rain date of 05/04/22.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-136 construction from north of the SR-111 interchange to south of the I-40 interchange: The contractor continues grading activities throughout the project. Temporary lane closures and/or periodic traffic stoppages will be necessary for construction activities including installation of barrier rail. Utility relocations for gas are in progress. Motorists shall use caution while traveling through the work zone and be aware of construction personnel.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-135 (BURGESS FALLS RD.) Utility Work both directions from LM 3.56 to LM 5.57: Shoulder and single lane closures from Cane Creek Road to the intersection of Cookeville Boat dock Road and Burgess Falls Road. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Trucks, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 02/17/22 through 05/17/22 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-164 (S. Chestnut St) at LM 0.3 and SR-84 (S. Holly St) at LM 9.7 railroad crossing improvements: The contractor will be on site continuing work installing signal footers and preparing to run underground conduit and wire as needed. Intermittent lane closures are possible during this work. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and watch for construction equipment and personnel adjacent to the roadway.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-24 (US-70N) construction at the intersection of SR-56 (LM 11.6) in Baxter: Contractor will be on site installing erosion control measures. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and to watch for construction equipment and personnel adjacent to the roadway.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-24 (US-70N) slide repair near LM 30.1: The contractor will be installing permanent pavement markings. Motorists will return to two lanes of traffic and temporary traffic signals will be removed. Daily temporary lane closures will still be present as the contractor continues work. Be aware of the new traffic pattern and use caution when traveling through the work zone.

VAN BUREN COUNTY SR-30 (STATE HWY. 30) TDOT Maintenance both directions from LM 15.4 to LM 15.6: Traffic is reduced to one lane with temporary traffic signals for work on a slide.

WHITE COUNTY SR-111: During the daytime the contractor will be repairing concrete pavement on the SR-111 NB on and off-ramps to SR-1 in White County. Half the width of the ramps will be closed during construction. Please slow down and use caution when driving through the work zone.

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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