UC Traffic Advisories Aug. 26 – Sept. 1

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 Aug. 26 – Sept. 1 listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction:

I-40 Cookeville to Nashville

WILSON COUNTY:  The grading, drainage, construction of I-beam bridge, retaining walls, and paving on I-40 from east of SR-109 to east of I-840. Thurs 8/26 thru Wed 9/1 8PM-5AM. There will be alternating lane closures for paving activities.

WILSON COUNTYI-40 MM 229: Milling transition from concrete to asphalt Thurs 8/26 8PM-2AM. I-40 WB on ramp and EB off ramp will be closed.

I-40 Cookeville to Knoxville 

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 EB bridge repair and resurfacing from west of Falling Water River Bridge (MM 291) to the ramp from SR-24 (US-70N / MM 300): The contractor will be performing nightly lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 7 PM – 6 AM. The contractor will be milling and paving throughout project. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

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.

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: The contractor will start the week of 08/30/2021 due to weather. The contractor to set up daily lane closures on SR-1 for installation of the epoxy overlay, expansion joint repairs, and the construction of ADA ramps. Motorists should use caution and be aware of construction equipment and personnel.

CANNON AND WARREN COUNTY REGION 2 The random on-call pavement marking on various interstate and state routes: Contractor will be retracing pavement markings on various interstate and state routes in CANNON and WARREN counties. Work will be performed using mobile operations. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

DEKALB AND PUTNAM COUNTY SR-56 resurfacing from north of East Church Street (LM 8.1) in DeKalb County to I-40 (LM 0.6) in Putnam County: The contractor will be performing daily lane closures as construction signs are installed and resurfacing operations begin. Motorists should be prepared to stop and be aware of all construction equipment and personnel.

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. 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 roadway, unload equipment, or complete utility work. The contractor currently performing grade work at various locations throughout the project. A traffic shift in Smithville will remain from Vaughn Lane to the end of project to allow contractor to complete work. There will be a temporary diversion for Ferrell Rd, and one remains in place for Williams Road to allow contractor to construct new alignment. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone. Motorists should use caution in this area and watch for flaggers and construction equipment.

PUTNAM AND WHITE COUNTY SR-111 resurfacing from south of Overpass Road (LM 13.5) in White County to north of SR-136 (LM 2.0) in Putnam County: The contractor will be installing construction signs throughout the project as preparation for resurfacing operations begins. Motorists should be aware of all construction equipment and personnel when traveling through the work zone.

PUTNAM AND WHITE COUNTY SR-135 resurfacing in White County to west of Grider Road in Putnam County, and on SR-136 in White County from near SR-135 to SR-111: The contractor will be installing construction signs and temporary traffic signals for bridge repair work at the Putnam and White County line along SR-135. The bridge over Falling Water River will be reduced to one lane during bridge repair work. Motorists should pay attention to construction signage and be prepared to stop when approaching the bridge.

State Road Construction

CANNON COUNTY The miscellaneous safety improvements including high friction surface treatment (HFST) on various local roads: The contractor will start the week of 08/30/2021 due to weather. The contractor to set up daily lane closures on various Cannon County roads (Hill Creek road, Eugene Reed Road, Short Mountain Road, Pleasant View Road, Old McMinnville Highway, and Ivy Bluff Road) for the installation of various safety improvements. Motorists should use caution and be aware of construction equipment and personnel.

CLAY COUNTY SR-53 bridge repair over Dry Fork Creek (LM 1.3) and Mill Creek (LM 2.5): The contractor has completed work on the bridges located at LM 1.3 and 2.5. The contractor will be on site intermittently to perform punch list work in the coming days. During this work, the contractor may have one lane closed and utilize flaggers to control traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be prepared to stop as they approach the work zone.

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 have been installed with erosion control and clearing activities on going. Utility relocations for the gas line and water line are in progress. Temporary lane closures or traffic stoppages will be necessary as construction activities continue. Motorists should use caution while traveling 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. The posted speed limit from I-40 to Tuttle Lane is now 45 MPH. The existing speed limit within Fairfield Glade remains at 30 MPH. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed as the contractor continues to work on punch list activities. Motorists should reduce speed on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel/equipment entering and exiting the roadway.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-282 construction of small drainage structures at LM 2.4: The two box culverts have been installed on SR-282 Dunbar Road between Chacato Drive and War Eagle Drive with the roadway open to traffic. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed to complete punch list related activities.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY The grading, drainage, construction of a concrete box bridge, signals and paving on proposed SR-462 from SR-28 (US-127N) (LM 3.1) to SR-298 (Genesis Road) (LM 4.6) in Crossville: Construction signs are installed. The contractor is installing erosion control measures, performing clearing activities, and relocating utilities which may require temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages.

DEKALB COUNTY SR-26 (US-70) construction from near SR-53 (LM 2) to near SR-96 (LM 6.1):Contractor has begun clearing operations, installing erosion control measures, and water line relocation. Intermittent lane closures and flagging operations are expected. Intermittent blasting operation has begun resulting in temporary road closures. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

FENTRESS COUNTY SR-28 (US-127) resurfacing from north of S.R.52 (LM 19.8) to north of Kip Chase Rd (LM 23.1) and SR-154 from Millsap Ave (LM 1.4) to east of Louvaine Rd (LM 6.3): The contractor is scheduled to begin placing construction signs during the week of 08/23/21 and paving operations are scheduled to begin later that week. During this work, the roadway will be shut down to one lane and flaggers will be utilized to control the flow of traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and watch for construction equipment in the roadway.

FENTRESS COUNTY SR-62 resurfacing from east of SR-28 (US-127 / LM 5.8) to the Morgan County line (LM12.7): The contractor is scheduled to begin resurfacing operations on 08/25/21. During this work, the contractor will have a lane closure in place and will utilize flaggers to control the flow of traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey the posted speed limit in the work zone.

JACKSON COUNTY SR-53 (GRANVILLE HWY.) TDOT Maintenance northbound from LM 12.7 to LM 12.9: Due to an ongoing slope/shoulder repair, SR-53 from LM 12.7 to LM 12.9 is reduced to one lane with temporary traffic signals until repairs are complete.

JACKSON COUNTY SR-56 resurfacing from north of Riley Creek Road (LM 17.2) to the Macon County line (LM 27.3): The contractor is scheduled to begin construction sign installation on 08/25/21. During this work, the contractor will park equipment on the shoulder of the roadway to perform the installation. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and watch for construction vehicles adjacent to the roadway.

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 between 8 AM and 3 PM with an estimated completion of 09/26/21.

OVERTON COUNTY SR-111 resurfacing from south of East Volunteer Dr (LM 9.4) to SR-294 (LM 14.0) and on SR-52 from near SR-111 (LM 10.2) to north of SR-52/SR-85 (LM 11.0): The contractor is scheduled to begin construction signs installation the week of 08/24/21. During this work, contractor personnel will be present on site but will be working on the shoulder of the roadway. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey posted speed limit through the work zone. The contractor will begin work on catch basins on 08/27/21 but will be on the shoulder for this work and will not affect traffic.

PICKETT COUNTY SR-325 resurfacing from Star Point Road to SR-111; on SR-111 from north of Jim Beaty Road to Pendergrass Road and from north of SR-295 to south of Red Hill Church Road: The contractor will be on site to continue paving operations on SR-111 and SR-325. During this work, the contractor will have the roadway shut down to one lane and will be utilizing flaggers to facilitate the flow of traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be prepared to stop as they approach the project limits.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-135 (Burgess Falls Road) grading, drainage, signals and paving at the intersection of West Cemetery Road (LM 6.6): The contractor continues roadside grading operations along SR-135 and West Cemetery Road, resulting in daily lane closures. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-24 (US-70N) slide repair near LM 30.1: The contractor has installed barrier rail and began excavation work. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by temporary traffic signals at each end of the project. Be prepared to stop when traveling through the work zone.

SMITH COUNTY, SR 25 Rockfall Mitigation:  SR 25 is reduced to one lane continuously. Traffic is being controlled by temporary traffic signal.

WARREN COUNTY SR-8 resurfacing from Van Buren County line (LM 0.0) to north of Wildwood Road (LM 4.3): During this report period, the contractor will have lane closures in place while performing resurfacing operations on SR-8. Flaggers will be present to assist traffic flow as needed. Paving operations to continue during this period.

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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