UC Traffic Advisories Feb. 18-24

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 Feb. 18-24 listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 repair of the bridges over SR-1 (US-70) at MM 328.5: There is currently a lane shift on eastbound I-40 near MM 328 at the bridge over SR-1 (US-70). Motorists should use caution while driving through the area.

Regional (Multi-county) Road Work

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 will start grade work inside Smithville City Limits between Dearman Street and East Bryant Street. Traffic shift in this area will remain to allow contractor to complete work. A diversion 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.

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 05/28/21. 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

CLAY COUNTY Repair of the bridges on SR-53 over Dry Fork Creek (LM 1.3) and Mill Creek (LM 2.5):The contractor will be on site continuing bridge repair work at Mill Creek and Dry Fork Bridges located at LM 1.35 and 2.50. The southbound lane of SR-53 will remain closed during Phase 1 on both bridges; the northbound lane will be closed during Phase 2 on both bridges. Lane closures will be in effect until the contract completion on 06/30/21. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and obey posted speed limit. RESTRICTIONS: Loads wider than 11′ should seek alternate route.

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. The existing speed limit within Fairfield Glade remains at 30 MPH. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed as construction activities continue. Motorists should reduce speed on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel/equipment entering and exiting the roadway.

DEKALB COUNTY The miscellaneous safety improvements including high friction surface treatment (HFST) on various local roads: Contractor will be installing signs on local routes. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work and be alert of all signage, traffic control devices, personnel, and equipment.

FENTRESS COUNTY Rockfall mitigation on SR-85 at (LM 3.80): The contractor will be on site continuing rock fall mitigation work at LM 3.8. SR-85 in Fentress County will be closed from Sandy RD at LM 2.19 to East Obey Lane at LM 5.67. This closure will remain 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.

JACKSON COUNTY SR-53 Slope Stabilization at LM 12.4: TDOT Maintenance has a contractor on site performing slope stabilization work at LM 12.4. Temporary traffic signals are in place on SR-53 reducing it to one lane from LM 12.2 to LM 12.6. The northbound lane will be closed for the duration of the project. The lane closure will be in effect until the project completion which is anticipated on 02/26/21. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and obey posted speed limit

OVERTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-85 (HILHAM HWY.) both directions from LM 3.36 to LM 3.40:Aerial crossing between MM 3.36 and MM 3.40 near 2733 Hilham Hwy. Flaggers and signage will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 8 AM and 3 PM beginning 02/11/21 through 02/24/21.

PUTNAM COUNTY Utility Work on SR-135 (S. WILLOW AVE.) southbound from LM 8.87 to LM 9.47: Shoulder and single lane closure between Humble Drive and State Street. Signage, flaggers, and barrels will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 8:30 AM and 4 PM beginning 02/16/21 through 02/24/21. 

PUTNAM COUNTY Utility Work on SR-136 (S. JEFFERSON AVE.) both directions from LM 2.36 to LM 4.14: Shoulder and single lane closure between Spring Street and I-40. Message and arrow boards, signage, and cones will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM beginning 01/05/21 through 02/24/21.

PUTNAM COUNTY Permitted Work on SR-24 (MONTEREY HWY.) northbound from LM 35.96 to LM 36.37: Shoulder and single lane closure between Bee Rock Road and West Bishop Avenue. Signage, flaggers, and barrels will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 8 AM and 4 PM beginning 11/30/20 through 02/24/21.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-135 (Burgess Falls Road) grading, drainage, signals and paving at the intersection of West Cemetery Road (LM 6.6): Contractor will be installing erosion control measures and city gas line relocation. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all signage, traffic control devices, personnel, and equipment.

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: Contractor will be completing items on the punch list. Nighttime lane closures are possible Sunday through Thursday from 9 PM to 6 AM. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work and be alert of all signage, traffic control devices, personnel, and equipment.

SMITH COUNTY, SR 25 Rockfall MitigationFrom now through September 2021, SR 25 north of the SR 80 intersection is reduced to one lane for a rockfall mitigation project.

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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