UC Traffic Advisories Sept. 10-15

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 Sept. 10 – 15 listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction:

I-40 Cookeville to Nashville

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 TDOT Maintenance both directions from MM 286.8 to MM 291.1: Traffic will be reduced to one lane for maintenance operations on Wednesday, September 15 from 7 PM until 6 AM in both directions. Motorists should reduce speed and use caution through the work zones.

I-40 Cookeville to Knoxville 

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 TDOT Maintenance both directions from MM 286.8 to MM 291.1: Traffic will be reduced to one lane for maintenance operations on Wednesday, September 15 from 7 PM until 6 AM in both directions. Motorists should reduce speed and use caution through the work zones.

PUTNAM COUNTY I-40 EB bridge repair and resurfacing from west of Falling Water River Bridge (MM 291) to the ramp from SR-24 (US-70N / MM 300): The contractor will be performing nightly lane closures Sunday through Friday from 7 PM – 6 AM. Contractor will be milling and paving throughout project. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 TDOT Maintenance both directions from MM 311.1 to MM 317.8: Traffic will be reduced to one lane for maintenance operations on Tuesday September 14 from 7 PM until 6 AM in both directions. Motorists should reduce speed and use caution through the work zones.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 TDOT Maintenance both directions from MM 333.5 to MM 340.4: Traffic will be reduced to one lane for maintenance operations on Tuesday September 14 from 7 PM until 6 AM in both directions. Motorists should reduce speed and use caution through the work zones.

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.  

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 East near Mile Marker 360.4: On Friday, September 10, 2021, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect possible delays, and use 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 to set up daily lane closures on SR-1 for installation of the epoxy overlay, expansion joint repairs, and the construction of ADA ramps. Motorists should use caution and be aware of construction equipment and personnel.

DEKALB AND PUTNAM COUNTY SR-56 resurfacing from north of East Church Street (LM 8.1) in DeKalb County to I-40 (LM 0.6) in Putnam County: The contractor will be performing daily lane closures as resurfacing operations take place. Motorists should be prepared to stop and be aware of all construction equipment and personnel.

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 is currently performing grade work at various locations throughout the project. A traffic shift in Smithville will remain from Vaughn Lane to the end of project to allow the contractor to complete work. There will be a temporary diversion for Ferrell Rd, and one remains in place for Williams Road to allow contractor to construct the 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.

PUTNAM AND WHITE COUNTY SR-111 resurfacing from south of Overpass Road (LM 13.5) in White County to north of SR-136 (LM 2.0) in Putnam County: The contractor will be installing construction signs throughout the project as preparation for resurfacing operations begins. Motorists should be aware of all construction equipment and personnel when traveling through the work zone. 

PUTNAM AND WHITE COUNTY SR-135 resurfacing in White County to west of Grider Road in Putnam County, and on SR-136 in White County from near SR-135 to SR-111: The contractor will be resurfacing in Putnam and White County along SR-135. Motorists should pay attention to construction signage and be prepared to stop when traveling through the work zone.

State Road Construction

CANNON COUNTY SR-145 (AUBURNTOWN RD.) Utility Work both directions from LM 0.13 to LM 0.14: Shoulder and single lane closures between W. Main Street and Westfield Place. Motorists should reduce speed and be prepared to stop. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, Monday through Friday, 7 AM – 6 PM with an estimated completion of 09/15/21.

CANNON COUNTY The miscellaneous safety improvements including high friction surface treatment (HFST) on various local roads: The contractor to set up daily lane closures on various Cannon County roads (Hill Creek road, Eugene Reed Road, Short Mountain Road, Pleasant View Road, Old McMinnville Highway, and Ivy Bluff Road) for the installation of various safety improvements. Motorists should use caution and be aware of construction equipment and personnel.

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 have been installed with erosion control and clearing activities on going. Utility relocations for gas, water, and electric are in progress. The contractor is preparing to begin stream diversion activities around Scotts Creek. Temporary lane closures or traffic stoppages will be necessary as construction activities continue. Motorists should use caution while traveling 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. The posted speed limit from I-40 to Tuttle Lane is now 45 MPH. The existing speed limit within Fairfield Glade remains at 30 MPH. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed as the contractor continues to work on punch list activities. Motorists should reduce speed on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel/equipment entering and exiting the roadway.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-282 construction of small drainage structures at LM 2.4: The two box culverts have been installed on SR-282 Dunbar Road between Chacato Drive and War Eagle Drive with the roadway open to traffic. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed to complete punch list related activities.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY The grading, drainage, construction of a concrete box bridge, signals and paving on proposed SR-462 from SR-28 (US-127N) (LM 3.1) to SR-298 (Genesis Road) (LM 4.6) in Crossville: Construction signs are installed. The contractor is installing erosion control measures, performing clearing activities, and relocating utilities which may require temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages.

DEKALB COUNTY SR-26 (US-70) construction from near SR-53 (LM 2) to near SR-96 (LM 6.1): The contractor has begun clearing operations, installing erosion control measures, and water line relocation. Intermittent lane closures and flagging operations are expected. Intermittent blasting operation have begun, and temporary road closures will result. Motorists are advised to use caution and be alert to all construction signage while traveling through the work zone.

FENTRESS COUNTY SR-28 (US-127) resurfacing from north of S.R.52 (LM 19.8) to north of Kip Chase Rd (LM 23.1) and SR-154 from Millsap Ave (LM 1.4) to east of Louvaine Rd (LM 6.3): The contractor is scheduled to begin paving operations the week of 09/13/21. During this work, the roadway will be reduced to one lane and flaggers will be utilized to control the flow of traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and watch for construction equipment in the roadway.

FENTRESS COUNTY SR-62 resurfacing from east of SR-28 (US-127 / LM 5.8) to the Morgan County line (LM12.7): The contractor will be performing resurfacing operations and will have the roadway reduced to one lane of traffic. Flaggers and advanced warning signs will be utilized to warn motorists of the location of the work. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey the posted speed limit through the work zone.

JACKSON COUNTY SR-53 (GRANVILLE HWY.) TDOT Maintenance northbound from LM 12.7 to LM 12.9: The contractor is scheduled to begin resurfacing operations the week of 09/13/21. During this work, the roadway will be reduced to one lane of traffic and flaggers will be utilized to control the flow of traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey posted speed limit.

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 between 8 AM and 3 PM with an estimated completion of 09/30/21

OVERTON COUNTY SR-111 resurfacing from south of East Volunteer Dr (LM 9.4) to SR-294 (LM 14.0) and on SR-52 from near SR-111 (LM 10.2) to north of SR-52/SR-85 (LM 11.0): The contractor is scheduled to be on site beginning 09/01/21 to work on catch basin grates. This work will be on the shoulder and traffic will be minimally affected. Lane closures for milling and paving operations are scheduled to begin middle of September. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and watch for construction equipment adjacent to the roadway.

PICKETT COUNTY SR-325 resurfacing from Star Point Road to SR-111; on SR-111 from north of Jim Beaty Road to Pendergrass Road and from north of SR-295 to south of Red Hill Church Road: The contractor has completed resurfacing and bridge repair operations. The contractor will be on site intermittently to perform punch list work. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and obey posted speed limit.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-135 (Burgess Falls Road) grading, drainage, signals and paving at the intersection of West Cemetery Road (LM 6.6): The contractor continues their roadside grading operations along SR-135 and West Cemetery Road, resulting in daily lane closures. 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 has installed barrier rail and begun excavation work. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by temporary traffic signals at each end of the project. Motorists should be prepared to stop when traveling through the work zone.

SMITH COUNTY, SR 25 Rockfall Mitigation: Thurs 7/15 thru Wed 7/21 9AM-2:45PM. SR 25 is reduced to one lane continuously. Traffic is being controlled by temporary traffic signal.

WARREN COUNTY SR-8 resurfacing from Van Buren County line (LM 0.0) to north of Wildwood Road (LM 4.3): During this report period, the contractor will have lane closures in place while performing resurfacing operations on SR-8. Flaggers will be present to assist traffic flow as needed.

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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