UC Traffic Advisories March 25-31

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 Mar. 25-31 listed by county and an estimated completion date. Road and lane closures are listed in red.

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.

PUTNAM COUNTY TDOT Maintenance on I-40 westbound from MM 297 to MM 293.5: I-40 westbound right lane and shoulder will be closed between MM 297 and MM 293.5 from 8 AM to 4 PM on 03/25/21 for shoulder repairs.

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 currently performing grade work inside 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.

FENTRESS AND OVERTON COUNTY SR-85 Emergency slide repairs at various locations: The contractor continues work near LM 21.0 in Overton County on SR 85. During this work, the roadway will be completely closed, and a signed detour route will be in place to allow motorists to bypass the work zone. The estimated project completion date is 05/28/21.

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 continues work on Phase 1 construction of the bridges located at LM 1.35 and 2.50. During both phases of work, a temporary signal will be in operation and SR 53 will be closed to one lane of traffic. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be prepared to stop while traveling through the work zone. RESTRICTIONS: Loads wider than 11′ should seek alternate route.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY Utility Work on SR-101 (LANTANA RD.) northbound from LM 3.03 to LM 3.75: Shoulder and single lane closure between the intersection of SR101 and Turkey Blind and the intersection SR101 and Midway Road. Signage, and flaggers will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 2 PM beginning 03/15/21 through 05/15/21.

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 paving and other 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 guardrail delineation on local route; Holmes Creek Rd. Flagging operations are likely. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

FENTRESS COUNTY Rockfall mitigation on SR-85 at (LM 3.80): The contractor continues working on the rock fall mitigation located at LM 3.8. During this work, a signed detour route will remain in place to allow traffic to bypass the work area. The closure will remain in effect during the entire project; the estimated completion date is 05/30/21.

OVERTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-136 (STANDING STONE STATE PARK HWY.) both directions at LM 5.97: Shoulder and single lane closure at 1100 Standing Stone Hwy. Signage, and flaggers will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 8 AM and 3 PM through 03/31/21.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-135 (Burgess Falls Road) grading, drainage, signals and paving at the intersection of West Cemetery Road (LM 6.6): Signal Safety improvement at the intersection of West Cemetery Rd and SR135. Contractor will continue clearing and grubbing operations and begin grade work preparations. 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 will be installing barrier rail and beginning 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 MitigationFrom now through September 2021, SR 25 north of the SR 80 intersection is reduced to one lane for a rockfall mitigation project.

WHITE COUNTY TDOT Maintenance on SR-1 (E. BOCKMAN WAY) eastbound from LM 13.2 to LM 14.7: SR-1 eastbound is reduced to one lane from LM 13.2 to 14.7. The westbound lane is shifted from LM 14.4 to 14.7. This will remain in effect until slope stabilization work completion, which is anticipated to be 4/6/21. Sunset Rock will be closed for the duration.

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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