UC Traffic Advisories Sept. 9-14

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. 9-14 listed by county and an estimated completion date.

Interstate Construction:

I-40 Cookeville to Nashville

c signals. Please use caution when traveling through the work zone.

SMITH COUNTY, I-40 Nightly, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m., Smith County Line to Gordonsville: There will be alternating lane closure on I-40 EB and WB from Smith County Line to Gordonsville for the resurfacing of I-40.

WILSON COUNTY: The resurfacing on I-40 from South Hartman to the Smith County Line, Nightly, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.: There will be alternating lane closure on I-40  EB  from  Smith County Line to Gordonsville for the resurfacing  of I-40.

I-40 Cookeville to Knoxville 

PUTNAM/CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 Utility Work both directions from MM 288.0 to MM 313.4: THP assisted rolling roadblock along I-40 between Exit 288 (SR-111 Livingston/Sparta) and Exit 311 (Plateau Road). Motorists should be prepared to stop and be aware of personnel and equipment when traveling through the work zone. THP, trucks, and signage will be present, 09/11/22 from 7 AM to 8 AM, with rain dates of 09/18/22 and 09/25/22.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY I-40 resurfacing from near Plateau Road (MM 311) to near the Obed River (MM 318): Nightly lane closures on I-40 beginning from near MM 311 to MM 317 working in both directions from at 7 PM to 6 AM Sunday night through Friday morning. Work consists of resurfacing the asphalt. Motorists should use caution when vehicles are entering and exiting the work zone.

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 374.5 and 376.5: Motorists should be alert for daily shoulder closures as crews perform clearing operations and 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 will resume micro-surfacing work during the week of 9/12/22. The contractor will utilize lane closures and flaggers daily to complete resurfacing work. Motorists should use caution through the area. Motorists should use caution and watch for flaggers. Delays should be expected through the area.

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): The contractor will be on site continuing utility work along SR 28 in Cumberland County. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey posted speed limit through the construction zone. Contractor will have equipment and personnel adjacent to the roadway during this 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, and paving operations on the new roadway alignment are ongoing. The contractor is utilizing flagging operations throughout the project in multiple areas for grading operations. Motorists should use caution at the intersection of SR-56 and SR-288 and be mindful of the new traffic pattern. There is a traffic shift between LM 24.4 in Warren County through LM 1.0 in Dekalb County. There is a detour in place for Sink Creek Road. Traffic is shifted onto the detour between SR-288 and Old Blue Springs Road for the contractor to complete grade work in the area. Douglas Road and Dekalb County Convenience Waste Collection facility will be closed 09/09/2022 through 09/23/2022 to allow the contractor to complete grade work. Douglas Road and the DeKalb County Convenience Waste Collection facility will reopen on 09/24/2022. There are several traffic shifts within Smithville City Limits from South College Street to the end of project to allow contractor to complete work. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 mph in the construction zone.

FENTRESS AND PICKETT COUNTY SR-325 resurfacing from west of Willard Hill Dr in Pickett County to SR-28 (US-127) in Fentress County, SR-295 in Pickett County from SR-111 to SR-28 (US-127): Contractor will be on site performing resurfacing operations. During this time, the contractor will utilize lane closures and flaggers to control the flow of traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be prepared to stop as they approach.

OVERTON AND PUTNAM COUNTY SR-164 resurfacing from west of Hassler Road (LM 3.2) to west of Roger Norrod Lane (LM 8.7) and on (SR-24) US-70 from near I-40 (LM 37) to the Cumberland County line (LM 40.3), including bridge expansion joint repair: The contractor will be milling/resurfacing throughout the project. Temporary lane closures and/or periodic traffic stoppages will be necessary for construction activities. Motorists shall use caution while traveling through the work zone and be aware of construction personnel.


State Road Construction

CANNON COUNTY SR-1 (US-70S) from east of SR-145 (LM 6.1) to east of Cummings Hollow Road (LM 9.6): The contractor will be utilizing lane closures with flaggers to complete the resurfacing work during 6 AM – 7:30 PM daily between LM 9.6 – LM 6.62. Motorists should use caution and expect delays through the area between hours of 6 AM – 7:30 PM. Nighttime road closures of SR-1 from LM 5.79 to LM 6.62 are scheduled to resume 09/15/22. During nightly lane closures motorists will be detoured onto SR-53 and West Adams Street.

CANNON COUNTY SR-53 resurfacing from north of Oak Ridge Drive (LM 9.0) to south of Holly Lane: The contractor will be utilizing daily lane closures and flaggers to complete work through the project. Motorists should use caution and watch for flaggers in the work zone.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-1 (US-70) resurfacing from LM 13 (west of SR-24) to LM 16.3 (east of Village Way) including SR-24 east of Obed Street: Construction crews will be on site to perform construction related activities along SR-1 (US-70) from LM 13 to LM 16.3 from 7 PM to 6 AM Sunday night through Friday morning. Motorists should use caution when traveling through the work zone.

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): 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. Flagging will be necessary to perform utility crossings throughout the project. Some side roads will experience road closures for utility crossings. Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone and be aware of reduced speed zones.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-28 (US-127) resurfacing from SR-392 (LM 12.2) to LM 11.5: The contractor is scheduled to begin resurfacing along SR-28 (US-127). Traffic will be shifted to the center turn lane to allow the milling and paving of the outside lane and shoulder. This work is to be a continuous operation until the asphalt drop-off is eliminated.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-28 (US-127S) repair of the bridges over the Little Obed River (LM 16): SR-28 has been reduced to one lane in each direction. The left lanes have been closed in each direction. Crews will be performing bridge deck replacement activities on the closed lanes. Trucks will be entering and exiting the work zone. Motorist should use caution while driving through the work zone. RESTRICTIONS: SR-28 North at LM 16 horizontal clearance of 14 feet. SR-28 LM 16 south bound horizontal clearance of 15 feet.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-462 from SR-28 (US-127N / LM 3.1) to SR-298 (Genesis Road/LM 4.6) in Crossville: Construction activities are in progress. Activities will require temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages on Interstate Drive (SR-462) and Genesis Road (SR-298), as well as short term closures of City streets. The right lane of south bound Genesis Road is closed from Interstate Drive to north of Woodlawn Road.

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): The contractor continues grading activities throughout the project. Temporary lane closures and/or periodic traffic stoppages will be necessary for construction activities. Motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone and be aware of construction personnel.

FENTRESS COUNTY SR-154 repair of bridge over SR-28 (US-127 / LM 2.2): Contractor will be on site continuing bridge repair operations. During this time, the contractor will reduce traffic to one lane through the work zone utilizing temporary signals. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be prepared to stop as they approach.

FENTRESS COUNTY SR-28 (US-127) resurfacing from south of Sawmill Ridge Road (LM 24.6) to north of Squirrel Flat Road (LM 26.3) and from south of Dry Branch (LM 27.9) to north of Joe York Road (LM 29.7): Contractor will be on site continuing resurfacing operations. During this time, the contractor will utilize lane closures and flaggers to control the flow of traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be prepared to stop as they approach.

FENTRESS COUNTY SR-85 resurfacing from west of Old Grimsley Rd to SR-28 (US-127) and on US-127 (SR-28) from Little Rd to north of Lacy Rd: Contractor will be on site performing resurfacing operations. During this time, the contractor will utilize lane closures and flaggers to control the flow of traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be prepared to stop as they approach.

JACKSON COUNTY SR-262 (WARTRACE HWY.) TDOT Bridge Maintenance eastbound at LM 3.54: Region 2 Bridge Repair will be performing routine concrete maintenance to the guardrail on Tuesday, September 13th, on the EBL of SR262 over fork of Wartrace Creek at LM 3.54, beginning at 9 AM. One lane will be closed with traffic control in place.

MACON COUNTY SR-52 FROM WHITAKER LANE TO WHITE LANE, Daily, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: SR 52 will have intermittent lane closures for resurfacing activities

MACON COUNTY SR 10Resurfacing SR-10 from Public Square to Ellington Drive: Daily, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., SR 52 will have intermittent lane closures for resurfacing actives

OVERTON COUNTY SR-293 repair of bridge over Branch (LM3.7): Contractor will be on site continuing bridge repair operations. During this time, the contractor will detour traffic around the work zone utilizing detour shown on plans. Motorists are encouraged to use caution follow detour signage.

OVERTON COUNTY SR-85 (HILHAM HWY.) Utility Work both directions from LM 0 to LM 1.56: Mobile lane closures along SR-85 between Dillon Lane and Boles Road. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment when traveling through the work zone. Trucks, signage, cones, and flaggers will be present, 09/08/22 through 09/30/22 from 8 AM and 3 PM.

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, 02/17/22 through 09/30/22 from 9 AM and 2 PM.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-135 (BURGESS FALLS RD.) Utility Work both directions from LM 3.25 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 09/30/22 from 9 am – 2 pm. 

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-136 construction from north of the SR-111 interchange to south of the I-40 interchange: The contractor continues grading activities throughout the project. Temporary lane closures and/or periodic traffic stoppages will be necessary for construction activities including installation of barrier rail. Utility relocations are in progress. Motorists shall use caution while traveling through the work zone and be aware of construction personnel.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-164 (S. Chestnut St) at LM 0.3 and SR-84 (S. Holly St) at LM 9.7 railroad crossing improvements: The contractor has completed all paving operations. Contractor will be on site intermittently to complete remaining items of work. Temporary lane closures may be used to control traffic through the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and watch for equipment and personnel adjacent to the roadway.

PUTNAM COUNTY SR-24 (US-70N) construction at the intersection of SR-56 (LM 11.6) in Baxter: Contractor will be on site continuing work installing base stone and performing paving operations. During this work, the turning lane from SR 56 northbound onto SR-24 (US-70N) will be closed. Motorists will be allowed to make the right turn from the four-way intersection. The turning lane from SR-56 to 1st Avenue will also be closed; motorists will be allowed to make the right turn from SR 56 southbound. The right turn lane on SR-56 southbound will also be closed; motorists will be allowed to turn right on SR-24 (US-70N) from the four-way intersection. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone and to watch for construction equipment and personnel adjacent to the roadway.

VANBUREN COUNTY The repair of the bridge on Park Road over Fall Creek Falls Dam Overflow: The contractor will be repairing the Fall Creek Falls Dam Overflow bridge. The travel lanes over the bridge have been reduced to one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals. Please use caution when traveling 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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