UC Traffic Advisories July 29- Aug. 3

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 29 – Aug. 3 listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction:

I-40 Cookeville to Nashville

SMITH COUNTY, I-40 Nightly, MM 267 Rest Area and Ramps, Nightly, 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.: There will be mobile long line striping on the ramps and at the rest area at MM 267.

SMITH COUNTY, I-40 Nightly, MM 258-263 Nightly, 8 p.m. – 6 a.m.:  The retracing of pavement markings with spray thermoplastic. There will be lane closures for mobile long line striping operations in both the WB and EB direction of I-40 in Smith County from mm 258-263.

SMITH COUNTY, I-40 Nightly, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.: There will be alternating lane closure on I-40 EB and WB from Smith County Line to Gordonsville for the resurfacing of I-40.

WILSON COUNTY: The resurfacing on I-40 from South Hartman to the Smith County Line, Nightly, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.: There will be alternating lane closure on I-40 EB and WB from South Hartman to Smith County Line for the resurfacing of I-40.

WILSON COUNTY: I-40 MM 222.8-225, Nightly, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.: There will be alternating lane closures WB & EB for replacing pavement marker lenses. One lane will be remain open at all times.

I-40 Cookeville to Knoxville 

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 TDOT Bridge Maintenance eastbound at MM 300.7: Region 2 Bridge Maintenance will be performing minor deck repairs on I-40 EB at MM 300.69 over SR-24 on 08/02/22, beginning at 9:00 AM. One lane will be closed with traffic control in place.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 Utility Work both directions from MM 304.4 to MM 310: THP assisted rolling roadblock between the Monterey exit and the Plateau Road exit. Message boards, cones and signage will be present. Motorists should be aware of personnel and equipment, reduce speed and be prepared to stop on 07/31/22 between 6:00 am and 6:30 am.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 resurfacing from near Plateau Road (MM 311) to near the Obed River (MM 318): Nightly lane closures on I-40 beginning from MM 311 to MM 317 working in both directions from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Work consists of resurfacing the asphalt. Daily shoulder closures on I-40 in both directions from MM 311 to MM 317 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Work on the shoulders consists of fabricating end walls and pouring concrete. Motorists should use caution when vehicles are entering and exiting the work zone.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 resurfacing from MM 333.5 to the Roane County line (MM 340.4) including SR-299 interchanges: Nightly lane closures will be on I-40 in both directions from MM 333.5 to MM 340.4. This will take place from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM each night (Sunday night through Friday morning).

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.  

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 East and West between Mile Markers 374.5 and 376.5: Motorists should be alert for daily shoulder closures as crews perform clearing operations and 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.  

Regional (Multi-county) Road Work

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 on site beginning utility work along SR-28 in Cumberland County. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey posted speed limit through the construction zone. The contractor will have equipment and personnel adjacent to the roadway during this 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, and paving operations on the new roadway alignment are ongoing. The contractor is utilizing flagging operations throughout the project in multiple areas for grading operations. Motorists should use caution at the intersection of SR-56 and SR-288 and be mindful of the new traffic pattern. There is a traffic shift between LM 24.4 in Warren County through LM 1.0 in Dekalb County. There is a detour in place for Sink Creek Road. Traffic is shifted onto the detour between SR-288 and Old Blue Springs Road for the contractor to complete grade work in the area. There are several traffic shifts within Smithville City Limits from South College Street to the end of project to allow contractor to complete work. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone.

OVERTON AND PUTNAM COUNTY SR-84 resurfacing from the Putnam County line (LM 0) to SR-85 (LM 14.8), including bridge expansion joint repair, and the resurfacing on SR-84 from near Poplar Street (LM 9.8) to the Overton County line (LM 13.4): The contractor has completed resurfacing operations and will be on site intermittently to complete work on pavement markings. During this work, intermittent lane closures may be used to facilitate the flow of traffic. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be prepared to stop as they approach the work zone.


State Road Construction

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-28 (S. MAIN ST.) Utility Work southbound at LM 13.5: Shoulder and single lane closures between West Adams Street and Elmo Drive. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 07/26/22 through 07/28/22 from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

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-282 resurfacing from Dunbar Road (LM 0.0) to SR-101 (LM 3.7): Construction crews will be on the project this week for painting of lines and shoulder stone. Crews may need to close portions of lanes while work is being performed. Motorists should use caution when driving through the work zone.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-419 resurfacing from SR-28 (US-127) (LM 0.0) to SR-101 (LM 4.0): Construction crews will be on the project this week for painting lines and installing shoulder stone. Crews may need to close lanes while work is being performed. Motorists should use caution when driving through the work zone.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-462 from SR-28 (US-127N / LM 3.1) to SR-298 (Genesis Road/LM 4.6) in Crossville: Construction activities are in progress. 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. The right lane of Genesis Road is closed from Interstate Drive to north of Woodlawn Road. Crews will be working along Genesis Road.

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 grading activities throughout the project. Temporary lane closures and/or periodic traffic stoppages will be necessary for construction activities. Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone and be aware of construction personnel.

MACON COUNTY SR-52 FROM WHITAKER LANE TO WHITE LANE, Daily, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: SR 52 will have intermittent lane closures for resurfacing activities

MACON COUNTY SR 10Resurfacing SR-10 from Public Square to Ellington Drive: Daily, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., SR 52 will have intermittent lane closures for resurfacing actives

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 08/30/22 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

OVERTON COUNTY SR-111 safety improvements from west of SR-294 (LM 17.4) to east of Dove Lane (LM 17.9): The contractor is scheduled be onsite continuing work on flashing beacon installation along SR-111. During this work, intermittent lane closures will be used to allow work to occur. Flaggers will be used to facilitate the flow of traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone.

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 are in progress. Motorists should 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 3.25 to LM 5.57: Shoulder and single lane closures from Cane Creek Road to the intersection of Cookeville Boatdock 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 08/30/22 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-136 (S. JEFFERSON AVE.) Utility Work southbound from LM 2.385 to LM 2.415: Shoulder and single lane closures from Interstate Drive and S. Walnut Avenue. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Trucks, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 07/19/22 with rain date of 07/27/22 from 10:00 pm – 5:00 am.

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 has completed installation of new signals. The contractor is scheduled to be on site working on removing old signal heads and poles. 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: The contractor will be on site continuing Phase 1 construction. During this work, the turning lane from SR-56 North onto SR-24 (US-70N) will be closed. Motorists will be allowed to make the right turn from the four-way intersection. The turning lane from SR-56 to 1st Avenue will also be closed; motorists will be allowed to make the right turn from SR-56 South. The right turn lane on SR-56 southbound will also be closed; motorists will be allowed to turn right on SR-24 (US-70N) from the four-way intersection. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and to watch for construction equipment and personnel adjacent to the roadway.

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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