UC Traffic Advisories July 15 – 21

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 July 15 – 21 listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction:

I-40 Cookeville to Nashville

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40: There will be an area wide sweeping operation on selected regional state routes and interstates. This activity will be supported by a mobile lane closure from Sunday through Thursday night between 8 PM and 6 AM during this reporting period. The drain cleaning operation will have intermittent lane closures on SR153, SR111, I24 MM 132.8 – 134.3, I-40 MM 269.6 – 273, and I-24. During this reporting period, the contractor will only be working Monday thru Wednesday night.

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 resurfacing from east of SR-56 (MM 281) to west of SR-136 (MM 287): The contractor will be performing nightly lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 7 PM – 6 AM. Work will consist of milling and paving operations. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zones

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 7/15 thru Wed 7/21 8PM-5AM. There will be nightly ramp closures for tie in reconstruction at the I-840 and South Hartman Drive interchanges.

WILSON COUNTY, Bridge Widening on SR 171 over I-40: Thurs 7/15 thru Wed 7/21, 8PM-5AM. I-40 EB and WB will have intermittent rolling roadblocks for the erection of concrete bulb T beams.   

I-40 Cookeville to Knoxville 

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 resurfacing from east of SR-56 (MM 281) to west of SR-136 (MM 287): The contractor will be performing nightly lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 7 PM – 6 AM. Work will consist of milling and paving operations. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zones

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 repair of the bridges over SR-1 (US-70) at MM 328.5:  During this report period, westbound and eastbound I-40 near MM 328 will have nighttime lane closures for milling, paving, and texture coating activities. SR-1 (US-70) may be reduced to one lane with traffic signals near LM 24.0 at Crab Orchard, TN for bridge repair. Motorists should exercise caution and pay attention to the temporary traffic signals as they travel through the work zone.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 TDOT Contractor eastbound from MM 333.5 to MM 340.4: The contractor will be performing pavement testing on 07/15/21 on I-40 Eastbound from the 333.5 MM to the 340.4 MM. The outside travel lane will be closed during testing. Work will be performed from 7 PM on 7/15/21 to 6 AM 7/16/21.

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 353:  Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews set portable barrier rails through this slope stabilization project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, slow traffic, and use extreme caution through this area.

Regional (Multi-county) Road Work

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 Putnam, Dekalb, White and Cumberland 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 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 is currently performing grade work inside the Smithville City Limits between Dearman Street and East Bryant Street. A 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.

PUTNAM AND WARREN COUNTIES longitudinal joint stabilization on various state routes: During the daytime, the contractor will have short term lane closures on various routes in Putnam on SR-111 Warren on SR-55, and Grundy SR-50. During this time one lane of traffic will be closed while contractors are present. Please use caution when traveling through the area.

REGION 2 The sweeping and drain cleaning on various Interstate and State Routes: There will be an area wide sweeping operation on selected regional state routes and interstates. This activity will be supported by a mobile lane closure from Sunday through Thursday night between 8 PM and 6 AM during this reporting period. The drain cleaning operation will have intermittent lane closures on SR153, SR111, I24 MM 132.8 – 134.3, I-40 MM 269.6 – 273, and I-24. During this reporting period, the contractor will only be working Monday thru Wednesday night.

State Road Construction

CLAY COUNTY SR-53 bridge repair over Dry Fork Creek (LM 1.3) and Mill Creek (LM 2.5): The contractor has opened both lanes of traffic on the bridges located at LM 1.35 and 2.50. The contractor still must place an epoxy overlay on the bridge located at LM 2.50. During this work, the contractor will close one lane of traffic and utilize flaggers to facilitate traffic through 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 in progress. Utility relocation for the gas line is also 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. The newly installed traffic signals at Stonehenge and Eagle Lane are in operation. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed as the contractor completes 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: Work has begun on this project with the installation of construction signs and erosion control measures. The contractor is scheduled to install the box culvert on SR-282 Dunbar Road near Chacoto Drive this weekend (July 16-19). This work will be continuous from Friday night until Monday morning with SR-282 Dunbar Road closed to thru traffic near Chacoto Drive. The detour will be posted for motorists. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed throughout the week to accommodate other construction activities.

DEKALB COUNTY SR-26 (US-70) construction 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 line relocation. Intermittent lane closures and flagging operations are expected. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

FENTRESS COUNTY SR-154 (PICKETT PARK HWY.) TDOT Bridge Inspection both directions at LM 2.2: Bridge Inspection will be performing an inspection of the bridge on Picket Park HWY over the SR-28, (SR-154 at LM 2.2), from 9 AM – 3 PM, Wednesday-Thursday, July 14-15. One lane will be closed with traffic control in place.

JACKSON COUNTY SR-262 (GLADDICE HWY.) TDOT Maintenance eastbound from LM 7.9 to LM 8.6: Due to slope/shoulder repair, SR 262 from LM 7.9 to LM 8.6 is reduced to one lane until repairs are complete.

JACKSON COUNTY SR-53 (N. GRUNDY QUARLES HWY.) TDOT Bridge Inspection both directions at LM 15.72: Bridge inspection will be performing its 2-year inspection on the SR-53 bridge over Roaring River at LM 15.72 on Wednesday, 7/21/21 from 12 PM until 3 PM. Traffic control will be in place during this inspection.

JACKSON COUNTY SR-56 (JENNINGS CREEK HWY.) TDOT Bridge Inspection both directions at LM 10.96: Bridge inspection will be performing its 2-year inspection on the SR-56 bridge over the Cumberland River at LM 10.98 on Wednesday, 7/21/21 from 8 AM until 12 PM. Traffic control will be in place during this inspection.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-56 (GAINESBORO HWY.) Permitted Work northbound at LM 3.3: Temporary lane closures will be present during daytime hours as a turn lane is constructed at Mopar Lane. A northbound shoulder closure will remain in place as work continues. Motorists should be aware of all construction signage when traveling through the work zone.

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 north of Meadow Wood Drive. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the workzone.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-24 (US-70N) slide repair near LM 30.1: The contractor has installed barrier rail and begun 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: Thurs 7/15 thru Wed 7/21 9AM-2:45PM. SR 25 is reduced to one lane continuously. Traffic is being controlled by temporary traffic signal.

VANBUREN COUNTY SR-111 resurfacing (microsurfacing) from the Sequatchie County line (LM 0.00) to north of Feedstore Drive (LM 12.51): The contractor has begun resurfacing operations on SR-111 from the Sequatchie County line to Log mile 12.51 in Van Buren. One lane will be closed while resurfacing operations are taking place. Please use caution when traveling through the area.

WARREN COUNTY SR-1 (W. MAIN ST.) TDOT Bridge Maintenance eastbound at LM 10.53: TDOT Bridge Maintenance will be repairing the bridge on W. Main Street, from 9 AM – 3 PM, Tuesday – Wednesday, July 20 – 21. One lane will be closed with traffic control in place.

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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