UC Traffic Advisories Nov. 19-25

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 Nov. 19-25, listed by county and an estimated completion date.

There will be no temporary interstate or state route closures permitted between noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25 through 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Interstate Construction

None

Regional (Multi-county) Road Work

CLAY AND JACKSON COUNTY SR-135 and SR-151 Resurfacing in Clay County and on SR-151 in Jackson County: The contractor has stopped work due to temperatures on this contract. Resurfacing work is scheduled to resume Spring 2021. The contractor will be on site during November 2020 intermittently to sweep the roadway for loose aggregate. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey the posted speed limit.

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. No change in traffic patterns, 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 working at the intersection of Williams Road and the new alignment. Traffic will be shifted onto a diversion to allow contractor to construct new alignment. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone. Motorist 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 Bridge located at LM 2.50. On 11/21/20, the contractor is scheduled to install a lane closure on Dry Fork Bridge located at LM 1.35. The southbound lane of SR 53 will be closed first 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. Grade work continues at the Stonehenge Road intersection requiring traffic to slow down in that area. Base stone, cold planing, paving, storm drain installation, and utility relocation are in progress. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed as these construction activities continue. Motorists should reduce speed on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel/equipment entering and exiting the roadway.

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

PUTNAM COUNTY Utility Work on SR-290 (W. 12TH ST.) in both directions from LM 5.81 to LM 6.38:  Lane closures between N Franklin Rd and N Willow Ave with signage, barrels and cones. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment when traveling through the work zones. Traffic may be reduced to a single lane in some locations between 9 AM and 2 PM through 11/30/20.

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 installing catch basins grates and raising manholes. Nighttime lane closures are possible Sunday through Thursday from 9 PM to 6 AM. Motorist are advised to use caution while traveling through the work and be alert of all signage, traffic control devices, personnel, and equipment.

VAN BUREN COUNTY SR-30 Slope stabilization (STATE HWY. 30) eastbound at LM 16.5: This road is down to one lane controlled with traffic signals. Workers present Monday through Saturday 6 AM to 6 PM use caution while driving through the work zone.

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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