UC Traffic Advisories March 3-9

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 March 3-9 listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction:

I-40 Cookeville to Nashville

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 TDOT Maintenance – During the daytime the contractor will be repairing concrete pavement on the I-40 WB off-ramp exit 280 to SR-56, the SR-56 on-ramp to I-40, and the SR-56 on-ramp to I-40 EB in Cookeville. Half the width of the ramps will be closed during construction. Please slow down and use caution when driving through the work zone.

SMITH COUNTY I-40 MM 250 – 258: Emergency In-place paving on I-40 in Smith County
• Daily, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., I-40 EB and WB will have intermittent lane closures for emergency paving activities mm 250 – 258.

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.

I-40 Cookeville to Knoxville 

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 TDOT Maintenance both directions from MM 267.2 to MM 304: TDOT maintenance will patching potholes using a mobile lane closure 03/3/22 between 8 AM and 4:30 PM.

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 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. 

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 may have intermitted lane closures for maintenance operations throughout the project. Motorist should use caution and watch for equipment.

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): Contractor will be on site performing initial staking and layout work. Construction signs are also scheduled to be installed week of 02/28/22. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and watch for equipment and personnel adjacent to the roadway.

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. The contractor will utilize flagging operations throughout the project for grade work and utilities. Traffic is shifted onto the detour between SR-288 and Old Blue Springs Road for the contractor to complete grade work in the area. Traffic shifts in Smithville will remain from South College Street 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. Motorists should use caution in this area while flaggers are present to direct traffic. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone. Motorists should use caution in this area.

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 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-24 (US-70 N.) Utility Work northbound from LM 15.01 to LM 13.09: Mobile lane closures along SR-24 between Northside Drive and Creston Road. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Trucks, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 01/06/22 through 03/11/22 from 9 am – 2 pm.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-298 (GENESIS RD.) Utility Work both directions from LM 2.42 to LM 5.92: Mobile lane closures along SR-298 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 03/11/22 from 9 am – 2 pm.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-462 from SR-28 (US-127N / LM 3.1) to SR-298 (Genesis Road/LM 4.6) in Crossville: Interstate Drive will be closed from Stout Drive to Genesis Road. The detour will be posted with temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Woodlawn Road and Genesis Road. Grade work and utility relocation activities for water, gas and sewer are in progress. Construction activities are also in progress for the adjoining project. 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. Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone and be aware of reduced speed zones on Interstate Drive.

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): Contractor continues roadside grading operations, installing erosion control measures, and water, gas, and electric line relocation. This will result in intermittent lane closures. Blasting operations may also result in brief road closures. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

FENTRESS COUNTY SR-85 slide repair project: Roadway is reduced to one lane and is controlled by traffic lights.

MACON COUNTY, SR 52 Traffic Signal Installation at Ellington Drive:  Daily, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., There will be intermittent lane closures on SR 52 at Ellington Drive for Traffic Signal installation.  

OVERTON COUNTY SR-85 (HILHAM HWY.) Utility Work both directions from LM 4.52 to LM 3.20: 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 04/17/22 from 9 AM and 2 PM.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-136 construction from north of the SR-111 interchange to south of the I-40 interchange: Contractor will be clearing and performing roadside grading activities. Traffic shifts will be in place along SR-136. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-111 (STATE HWY. 111) TDOT Maintenance both directions from LM 0 to LM 13: TDOT maintenance will patching potholes using a mobile lane closure 03/3/22 – 03/04/22 between 8 AM and 4:30 PM.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-135 (BURGESS FALLS RD.) Utility Work both directions from LM 3.56 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 05/17/22 from 9 am – 2 pm.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-24 (NASHVILLE HWY.) Utility Work eastbound from LM 11.85 to LM 12.70:. Shoulder and single lane closures from Gainesboro Hwy to Double Springs Road. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Trucks, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 01/20/22 through 03/16/22 from 8 am – 3 pm.

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.

VAN BUREN COUNTY SR-30 (STATE HWY. 30) TDOT Maintenance both directions from LM 15.4 to LM 15.6: Traffic is reduced to one lane with signals in place. Slide repairs will be starting within 

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