UC Traffic Advisories Dec. 3-8

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 Dec. 3-8 listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction:

I-40 Cookeville to Nashville

WILSON COUNTY I-40, Bridge widening on SR 171 over I-40 – from mm 225 to mm 226
 – Nightly, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m., I-40 EB and WB will have intermittent lane closures for bridge widening activities. Surveying for setting control for Mobile Lidar mm225 – 239
–  11/29 – 12/1, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., (excluding weekend) There will be intermittent inside/outside shoulder closures on I-40 eastbound and westbound for survey work. All lanes of traffic will remain open as we temporarily block the emergency lanes. Traffic control will be provided by Superior Traffic Control.

DAVIDSON COUNTY, I-40 The resurfacing on I-40 from Old Hickory Blvd. to Arlington AveDec. 7-8, 8PM-5AM – There will be temporary intermittent lane closures on I-40 WB for paving and bridge repair work.The resurfacing on I-40 from Old Hickory Blvd. to Arlington Av  and nightly – There will be multiple alternating lane closures and multiple alternating ramp closures on I-40 between Old Hickory Blvd and Arlington Ave for milling, paving and striping from mm 216 to mm 217.

I-40 Cookeville to Knoxville 

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 Markers 341.9 and 350.9 On Monday, December 6, 2021, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slowed traffic, and use extreme caution through this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East and West between Mile Markers 369 and 375: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures nightly between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, slowed traffic, expect potential delays, and use extreme caution through this area. 

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West near Mile Marker 384.4: On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slowed traffic, 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 to set up daily lane closures on SR-1 for the bridge repair and maintenance. Motorists should use caution and be aware of 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 shifted onto the detour between SR-288 and Old Blue Springs Road for the contractor to complete grade work in the area. Flaggers may be present to move equipment across roadway, unload equipment, or complete utility work. A traffic shift in Smithville will remain from Vaughn Lane to the end of project to allow contractor to complete work. There is 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 performing striping and reflective marking operations throughout the project and installing pavement markings, resulting in daily lane closures. Motorists should be aware of all construction equipment and personnel when traveling through the work zone.

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 clearing and grading activities which may require some drilling and blasting along with the placement of graded solid rock. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages will be necessary as construction activities continue. 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-298 (GENESIS RD.) Utility Work both directions from LM 2.42 to LM 5.92: Shoulder, single lane closures, and rolling roadblock between Cook Road and Wild Azalea Trail. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Trucks, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 12/02/21 through 12/23/21 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-462 from SR-28 (US-127N / LM 3.1) to SR-298 (Genesis Road/LM 4.6) in Crossville: Construction signs and erosion control measures are installed. Utility relocation activities for gas and sewer are in progress. Construction activities may require temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages.

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 has begun clearing operations, installing erosion control measures, and water and gas 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 SR.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 has completed all resurfacing work but will be on site intermittently to complete installation of pavement markings and to perform punch list work. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as they approach the work zone and should be prepared to stop.

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 has completed all resurfacing work but will remain on site to install permanent pavement markings. Intermittent lane closures may be used to allow this work to proceed. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as they approach the work zone and should be prepared to stop.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-56 repair of the bridge over I-40 (LM 0.5): The contractor has completed the bridge repair work and has resurfaced the bridge approaches. The contractor will be on site installing permanent pavement markings and performing punch list work. The signals used to control traffic through the work zone remain in place and are flashing. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and to be prepared to stop as they approach the work zone.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-24 (US-70N) slide repair near LM 30.1: The contractor has installed barrier rail and will continue retaining wall construction. 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.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-290 resurfacing from Shipley Road (LM 1.6) to SR-135 (LM 6.4): The contractor continues paving operations throughout the project. This will result in daily lane closures along SR-290. Motorists should be prepared to stop and be aware of all construction equipment and personnel.

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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