UC Traffic Advisories Oct. 29 – Nov. 4

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 Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 Construction of a truck climbing lane EB near MM 339, including grading, drainage, and paving: Temporary nighttime lane closures and/or rolling roadblocks will be required for installation of permanent signs including overhead sign installation. Traffic control devices, THP, and queue trucks will be used as necessary during lane closures. Motorists should use caution at the MM 340 exit ramp and as they travel through the work zone.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 Resurfacing from the SR-101 ramp to east of SR-1 (US-70): Temporary nighttime lane closures will be required as the contractor continues permanent sign installation and cleanup. The speed limit will be reduced to 60 mph during working hours. Queue trucks and THP will assist with traffic control as needed.

Regional (Multi-county) Road Work

CANNON and WARREN COUNTIES – Crack sealing at various locations on various state routes: The contractor will continue the crack sealing process on various State Routes in the following counties: Cannon and Warren. Contractor will be working daily from 6 AM to 7 PM on various locations. Warren County may have night work to support the crack sealant installation. The progress work will be supported by mobile lane closure operations as crews transition the work zones along State Routes for sealant work. Signage and flaggers will be present during this work. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be alert to construction personnel and equipment. During this reporting period the plan of operation will be: Warren County: SR-108 LM 6.10 to LM 11.49 daily, followed by SR-55 LM 0.00 to LM 3.19 nightly. Upon completion in Warren Co. work will proceed in Cannon County: SR-64 LM 0.00 to LM 9.10 In the event of any inclement weather the contractor will be idle.

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. 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. 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 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 10/28/20 to begin the installation of construction signs. Construction signs should be completely installed by 11/05/20. This project will involve the closure of one lane of traffic during construction on the bridges. A temporary traffic signal will be utilized to allow this lane closure. The lane closure is scheduled to begin 11/21/20 and will last until project completion on 06/30/21. The southbound lane on SR 53 will be closed first during Phase 1; the northbound lane will be closed during Phase 2. Motorists are encouraged to use caution 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 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. Peavine Road will be closed from Fairview Blvd to just past the Catoosa / Westchester intersection with detours posted. Base stone, 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.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-24 (US-70N) Resurfacing from SR-1 (US-70)  to SR-28 (US-127), and SR-28 (US-127) resurfacing from south of Elmore Road (LM 15) to Huddle Road (LM 17.9), including bridge deck repair: Installation of permanent pavement markings and snowplowable markers remain on SR-24 (Elmore Road) and SR-28 (US-127). This work will require temporary nighttime lane closures with traffic control devices and flagging as necessary. Motorists should be alert as conditions are subject to change each night.

FENTRESS COUNTY Rockfall mitigation on SR-85 at (LM 3.80): The contractor will be on site clearing vegetation and will begin work on rockfall mitigation 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 be in effect beginning 10/12/20 and will remain closed 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. For traffic traveling eastbound, the detour route will be SR-164 to SR-62 in Monterey. From there, motorists will use SR-62 to travel to SR-28 to the Clarkrange intersection. Motorists will proceed then to SR-85. For traffic traveling westbound, the detour route will be SR-28 to SR-62 at the Clarkrange intersection. Then, motorists will proceed to SR-164 in Monterey and travel to SR-85. Please note that due to an ongoing adjacent project, SR-85 in Overton County near SR-164 will remain closed also until approximately 5/28/21.

PUTNAM COUNTY Utility Work on SR-136 (S. JEFFERSON AVE.) northbound from LM 2.55 to LM 2.62: Lane closures between 900 – 970 S. Jefferson Avenue with signage, and cones. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 8 AM and 12 PM starting 11/03/20.

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 pavement markings and other miscellaneous items. Nightly lane closures are possible Sunday through Thursday from 9 PM to 6 AM. Motorists 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 TDOT Maintenance on SR-30 (STATE HWY. 30) eastbound at LM 16.5: Roadway is reduced to one lane and is controlled by traffic lights. Work begins 26 October 2020 so use caution as heavy equipment and workers present Monday-Saturday 6 AM-6 PM until at least November 7, 2020.

WARREN COUNTY SR-286 Resurfacing from east of South Chancery Street (LM 0.00) to west of SR-380 (LM 2.79) and on SR-55 from north of Old Well Road (LM 4.76) to north of Hallum Lane (LM 8.56):The contractor will continue paving operations on SR-55. Daily lane closures are possible on SR-55. A temporary traffic signal will be in place to complete bridge work activities at LM 0.59 on SR-286. Motorists are advised to use caution in both areas and be alert to all traffic control devices, signage, equipment and personnel.

WARREN COUNTY – REGION 2 on-call pavement marking and the retracing of pavement markings with spray thermoplastic on various Interstate and State Routes: The contractor will be performing retracing of pavement markings on various routes throughout Warren County. Routes in Warren County include SR-380. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all traffic signage, personnel, and equipment.

WHITE COUNTY – Grading, drainage and paving at Airport Rd. leading up to Upper Cumberland Regional Airport: The contractor will be working on punchlist items during this period. Temporary traffic stoppages may be needed as construction progresses. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all traffic signage, personnel, and equipment.

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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