Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: 

I-24 East bridge repair over Chestnut Street at mile marker 178.6 near the U.S. 27 interchange and safety improvements on the bridges over the CSX Railroad and over U.S. 27:  Work on this project continues.  This project will repair the bridge on I 24 East over Chestnut Street at mile marker 178.6 near the U.S. 27 interchange.  The project will also make safety improvements on two other bridges in the same area, one over the CSX Railroad and one over U.

S. 27.  In addition to making major bridge deck repairs to the bridge over Chestnut Street, this project includes the installation of high-friction surface treatment on all of the bridge decks.  During the project, the bridge on I-24 East will be completely closed to traffic and a detour using the Lookout Mtn./Broad St. ramp (Exit 178) will be used to move traffic around the work zone and allow it to continue on I-24 East.  All repair operations will be done using a continuous daily operation (7 days per week) until necessary repairs are completed and/or all lanes are open to the free, unrestricted flow of traffic.  Additionally, traffic accessing Lookout Mtn./Broad St. from U.S. 27 South will be detoured until completion of the project.  THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is November 2017.  [Dement Construction Co., LLC/Pruett/CNR031]

U.S. 27 (I-124) widening from I-24/U.S. 27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, including widening the Olgiati Bridge:  Work on this project continues.  The speed limit on U.S. 27 in the construction zone is 45 MPH.  Weather permitting, the contractor will implement lane/shoulder closures on weeknights between the hours of 7PM and 6AM.  
On Thursday, October 12 and Friday, October 13 temporary ramp closures will be in place for eastbound MLK Blvd. to southbound U.S. 27 ramp (including the slip ramp from 12th Street) and the southbound U.S. 27 to eastbound MLK Blvd. ramp for Installing temporary barrier rail and attenuators.  
On Sunday, October 15 and Monday, October 16, temporary ramp closures will be in place for eastbound MLK Blvd. to southbound U.S. 27 ramp (Including the slip ramp from 12th Street) and the southbound U.S. 27 to eastbound MLK Blvd. ramp for installing new storm drainage.  
On Monday, October 16, there will be a temporary double right lane closure (closure will be a single right closure where U.S. 27 is two lanes) on southbound U.S. 27 from Manufacturers Road to I-24 and a temporary single right lane closure will be in place for northbound U.S. 27 from I-24 to Manufacturers Road for replacing missing reflectors and refreshing the striping on the Olgiati Bridge. 
On Monday night, October 16, 2017 between 10:00 PM and 1:00 AM, the contractor will be closing the current ramp from westbound MLK to US-27 NB and opening up a temporary ramp for traffic. Traffic will be shifted to this temporary ramp beside the current one and the ramp access may be closed for a period of time while the contractor adds pavement striping.  It is important to note that the new merge lane on this ramp will be 150 feet shorter than the old ramp. Motorists need to exercise caution when traveling through the construction zone and pay close attention to signage posted. 

Recently, as part of Phase 2 of the project, traffic on U.S. 27 was shifted to the outside in both directions to allow the contractor access to the middle portion of U.S. 27 for the next construction phase.  As a result of traffic shifting to the outside, the ramps at MLK Blvd. in both directions and the 4th St. ramp on U.S. 27 South were shortened and originally required traffic to yield when entering U.S. 27.  The YIELD signs have now been changed to STOP signs because of the increase in traffic crashes in the work zone.  All traffic must stop at the following locations before entering onto U.S. 27:  4th St. ramp onto U.S. 27 South, westbound MLK Blvd. ramp onto U.S. 27 South, eastbound MLK Blvd. ramp onto U.S. 27 South and eastbound MLK Blvd. ramp onto U.S. 27 North.  Drivers are encouraged to obey the signage and pay close attention to changing conditions in the work zone.  There will be increased law enforcement presence within the project limits.  The contractor may have temporary lane or shoulder closures on U.S. 27 between 7PM-6AM.  At least one lane will remain open in each direction on U.S. 27.  THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is July 2019.  For more info, visit the project website http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/US27-reconstruction-chattanooga.  [Dement Construction Co., LLC/JM/CNP230]

SR-320 (East Brainerd Road) grading, drainage, installation of signals, construction of seven retaining walls and paving from east of Graysville Road to east of Bel-Air Road:  Work on this project continues.  During this report period, the contractor may have intermittent lane closures between 9AM-2PM.  
On Friday, October 13, 2017 the contractor will perform a traffic shift on East Brainerd Road at the intersection of Hurricane Creek Road and Morris Hill Road.  The traffic shift will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. EDT on Friday morning.  The result of the traffic shift will be one lane in either direction on East Brainerd Road through the intersection.  
Once the traffic is shifted, the contractor will begin excavating the area to the left of the center of East Brainerd Road from Morris Hill Road toward Fuller Road.  This will require the closure of the portion of Morris Hill Road from East Brainerd Road extending approximately 300 feet north.  The contractor is scheduled to have Morris Hill Road excavated and built back up to base stone by Wednesday October 18, 2017, after which time the paving subcontractor will begin work.  The contractor intends to have Morris Hill Road back open to traffic on Friday October 20, 2017.  
During the closure of this portion of Morris Hill Road, traffic will be detoured using Banks Road to Igou Gap Road and back onto Morris Hill Road.  The contractor will use their changeable message signs on either end of the project to inform traffic of the closure and construction signs will be used to mark the detour route.  Drivers are encouraged to obey the signage and pay close attention to changing conditions in the work zone.  
Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Estimated project completion date is June 2018. [Jones Brothers Contractors, LLC /Pruett/CNN383]

SR-153/SR-319 (Hixson Pike) bridge repair on Hixson Pike over SR-153:  Work on this project continues.  The contractor will be working on the inside lanes of the bridge.  The outside lanes in both directions are open to traffic.  This lane closure will be in place until late November 2017.  During this report period the contractor may have intermittent lane closures on SR-153 from 9PM to 6AM to do work under the bridge.  If there are any temporary closures needed on SR-153 as part of this project, they will take place at nighttime on Sundays through Thursdays between 9PM and 6AM and on weekdays on SR-153 South between 9AM and 3PM and on SR-153 North between 7:30AM and 3PM.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control as necessary during these temporary closures.  Estimated project completion date is May 2018. [Mid-State Construction Co. /Micka/CNQ941]

SR-153 resurfacing from L.M. 7.11 (Chickamauga Dam) to LM 8.89 (Hixson Pike):  Work on this project continues.  Lane closures are limited to Sunday night thru Thursday night from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  Estimated project completion date is October 2017.  [Wright Brothers Construction Co, Inc./Micka/CNR133]

U.S. 11 (SR-2/Brainerd Rd.) resurfacing from McCallie Tunnel (LM 11.83) to east of Moore Rd. (LM 13.85):  Work on this project continues.  During the project, the contractor will have intermittent lane closures between 9PM-6AM Sunday night thru Thursday night. The contractor will be milling, paving, and installing pavement markings. At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times. This work may affect either direction of Brainerd Road or side streets from Moore Rd. to the McCallie Tunnel.  Motorists should be alert for construction personnel and equipment. THP will assist with traffic control as needed. Estimated project completion date is November 2017. [Talley Construction/Pruett/CNR218]

U.S. 27 (S.R. 29 resurfacing from south of the bridge over Sale Creek (L.M. 28.25) to the Rhea County line (L.M. 30.84):  Work on this project has begun.  There will be temporary lane closures between 7AM and 7:30PM.  Flaggers will assist with traffic control.  Motorists should be alert for construction personnel and equipment.  There will be lane closures with one lane in each direction open to traffic when work begins.  Estimated project completion date is October 2017.  [Rogers Group, Inc./Micka/CNR109]

The tunnel cleaning of the McCallie Tunnel on U.S. 11 (US 64, SR-2), the Stringers Ridge Tunnel on U.S. 127 (SR-8), and the Bachman Tubes on U.S. 41 (U.S. 76, SR-8):  The nighttime cleaning operation of McCallie Tunnels, Stringers Ridge Tunnel, and Bachman Tubes occurs between 8PM-6AM.  Tunnels will be closed during cleaning, and detours will be marked accordingly as each tunnel is cleaned.  Contract completion date is June 2018.  [ETI Environmental, Inc./Micka/CNR223]




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