TDOT to halt lane closure activity for Thanksgiving holiday

Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this holiday. TDOT will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020.

“Thanksgiving is typically the most traveled holiday of the year,” said TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright. “Halting road work during this time will provide maximum capacity on our highways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday. TDOT’s regional HELP Trucks will also be working throughout the holiday weekend to assist with incidents that may occur along the interstates.”

While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones. Long-term lane closures will also remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety. Motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.  

AAA projects 50 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving. In Tennessee, the expectation is 1.2 million travelers. However, these figures could be even lower as Americans monitor the public health landscape, including rising COVID-19 positive case numbers, renewed quarantine restrictions and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel health notices.

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Roadway Activity Report

ROADWAY ACTIVITY REPORT – TDOT REGION 2 (Parts of East and Middle Tennessee)

November 5 – 11, 2020

DISTRICT 27

CLAY COUNTY SR-53 Bridge repair over Dry Fork Creek (LM 1.3) and Mill Creek (LM 2.5): The contractor will be on site 11/05/20 to continue the installation of construction signs. Once construction signs are installed, a temporary traffic signal will be installed and will flash caution until 11/21/20. On 11/21/20, the contractor is scheduled to begin southbound lane closures on both bridges. The southbound lane on SR 53 will be closed first during Phase 1; the northbound lane will be closed during Phase 2. Lane closures will be in effect until the contract completion on 06/30/21. Motorists are encouraged to use caution through the work zone.

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.

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 (MM 321) to east of SR-1 (US-70) (MM 329): Temporary nighttime lane closures may be required as the contractor performs punch list activities and cleanup. Queue trucks and THP will assist with traffic control as needed.

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. The road closure from Fairview Blvd to the Catoosa / Westchester intersection will be opened this week and detours removed. 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.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SR-24 (US-70N) Resurfacing from SR-1 (US-70) (LM 16.5) to SR-28 (US-127) (LM 16.8), 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 restrictions for these moving operations with traffic control devices and flagging as necessary. Motorists should be alert as conditions are subject to change each night.

DEKALB AND WARREN COUNTY SR-56 Construction of bridges and paving from south of Warren-Dekalb county line (LM 24.5) to East Bryant St. (LM 2.9): 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 COUNTY SR-85 Rock fall mitigation at LM 3.8: The contractor will be on site continuing rockfall 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 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. Motorists will then 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 5/31/21.

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.

PUTNAM COUNTY Utility Work on SR-290 (W. 12TH ST.) 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: The 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.

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.

DISTRICT 28

COFFEE COUNTY I-24 (MM 117) Improvement of ramps at Exit 117: I-24 WB between MM 118 and MM 116, maintenance work will continue nightly, Sunday thru Thursday from 7 PM to 6 AM. Additionally the setting of barrier walls will allow for progress work will occur daily. The on-ramp will be closed at Exit 117 on I-24 WB to allow for on-ramp improvements. There may be alternating lane closures on WB between MM 116 to MM 118 to support this progress work. Motorists should use caution and be advised of lane shift and reduced speed to 60 MPH in the work zone area. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all traffic signage, personnel and equipment. RESTRICTIONS: I-24 EXIT 117 WB ON-RAMP WILL BE CLOSED.

COFFEE COUNTY Utility Work on SR-55 (NEW MANCHESTER HWY.) both directions at LM 13.32: Lane closures between E. Coffee Street and Parks Street. Signage and cones will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 8 AM and 3 PM starting 10/22/20 thorough 11/18/20.

FRANKLIN COUNTY Utility Work on SR-130 (OLD TULLAHOMA RD.) both directions from LM 10.5 to LM 11.2: Mobile lane closure along SR-130 between Choctaw Road and Grider Road. Signage, flaggers, and cones will be present, motorists should be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM between 09/17/20 through 11/18/20.

FRANKLIN COUNTY SR-16 Resurfacing from South Drive (LM 20) to the Alabama State line (LM 30.4): Project final punch list items will be covered this week. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling through this area. During work hours the roadway will be reduced to one lane to support installation and controlled by a flagging operation with equipment and workers present on the road.

GRUNDY COUNTY Utility Work on SR-108 (HWY. 108) both directions from LM 7.05 to LM 4.21: Mobile lane closures along SR-108 from the intersection of SR-108 and Floyd Road to the intersection of SR-108 and Fish Branch Road. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment when traveling through the work zones. Signage, and flaggers will be present between 8 AM to 4 PM starting 11/09/20 through 02/05/21.

GRUNDY COUNTY Utility Work on SR-56 both directions from LM 20.19 to LM 25.69: Mobile lane closures along SR-56 from the intersection of SR-56 and SR-108 to the intersection of SR-56 and Store Door Road. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment when traveling through the work zones. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present between 7 AM to 4 PM starting 08/31/20 through 02/28/21.

GRUNDY COUNTY SR-108 Repair of the bridge over Piney Creek (LM 18.2): Both lanes are open for traffic across the bridge. Flagging operations may be on-going to load equipment and complete any remaining work.

GRUNDY COUNTY SR-56 Slide repair from LM 26.4 to LM 26.5: The roadway is reduced to one lane controlled with temporary traffic signals. The schedule for completion is unknown as a major project is being developed for a permanent repair to the slide.

MARION COUNTY SR-156 Resurfacing from east of Orme Mountain Rd (LM 9.3) to near Elm Avenue (LM 14.5): The contractor performing resurfacing operations and repairing the concrete ADA ramps along SR-156 in South Pittsburg. The road will be reduced to one lane controlled by a flagger to accommodate the work being performed. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling through the area.

MARION COUNTY SR-27 Slope stabilization at LM 27.9: The roadway is reduced to one lane and controlled by temporary traffic lights. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling through this area as the roadway is rough.

MARION COUNTY Utility Work on SR-27 (SUCK CREEK RD) both directions from LM 21.87 to LM 24.38: Mobile lane closures for aerial work will occur between Bryant Rd and near Choctaw Trail. Motorists should be prepared to stop for short delays. Signage and flaggers will be present between 9 AM and 2 PM beginning 10/20/20 through 12/18/20.

MARION COUNTY SR-2 (US-64, US-72, US-41) Emergency slope stabilization between LM 25.20 and LM 26.40: This project is in its final stages. The contractor will be working on final miscellaneous items. The contractor will continue to maintain one lane of travel open to traffic. At this time, the traffic signals are installed and will remain in place and operational. All wide load restrictions have been removed. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and be alert to construction personnel and equipment.

SEQUATCHIE COUNTY Utility Work on SR-8 (HWY. 8) both directions from LM 29.57 to LM 20.02: Mobile lane closure along SR-8 for aerial work, motorists should be prepared to stop for short delays. Signage and flaggers will be present, and motorists should be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM between 11/05/20 through 11/18/20.

SEQUATCHIE COUNTY Utility Work on SR-8 (TAFT HWY.) both directions at LM 5.75: Shoulder and single lane closure near Nearfield Road. Signage, flaggers, and cones will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM beginning 11/05/20 through 11/18/20.

SEQUATCHIE COUNTY SR-111 Resurfacing from East Valley Road (LM 7.6) to SR-8 (US-127) (LM 10), including bridge expansion joint repair: The contractor will begin resurfacing operations on SR-111. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when traveling through this area. The roadway will be reduced to one lane controlled by a flagging operation when equipment and workers present on the road.

VANBUREN COUNTY SR-30 Slope stabilization at LM 16.5: This road is reduced to one lane and controlled with traffic signals. Workers present Monday through Saturday 6 AM to 6 PM use caution while driving through the work zone.

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 may have flagging operations to load equipment and complete any remaining work.

DISTRICT 29

BRADLEY COUNTY SR-60 Construction of small drainage structures (LM 15.85 and LM 15.90): During this reporting period, the contractor will be working on the construction of a new entrance into the shopping center on the northwest corner of 25th street (SR-60) and Keith Street (SR-2) in Cleveland. The right northbound shoulder of 25th Street (SR-60) will be closed for the duration of this work. The first entrance into the shopping center is closed. Motorists wishing to access the shopping center should do so via the second entrance on 25th Street (SR-60). Motorists are advised to use caution and watch for workers and equipment when entering/exiting the shopping center.

BRADLEY COUNTY Utility Work on SR-2 (N. LEE HWY.) both directions at LM 13.15: Shoulder and single lane closure between Stuart Crossing NE and Sequoia Rd NW. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM from 10/26/20 through 11/18/20.

BRADLEY COUNTY Utility Work on SR-74 (OCOEE ST. N.E.) both directions from LM 16.26 to LM 16.88: Shoulder and single lane closure between Westview Drive NW and Keith Street NW. Signage and cones will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM with an estimated completion 11/30/20.

HAMILTON COUNTY SR-319 Repair of the bridge over the Tennessee River and Riverpark Drive (LM 2.2): The contractor will be performing repair operations to the bridge that will require lane closures in both directions. Extra caution should be observed of trucks entering and exiting the work-zone. During this report period the outside shoulder and outside lane of each direction are closed. Traffic is shifted to the left in both directions. Additional flaggers will be present as needed.

HAMILTON COUNTY I-24 Replacement of Belvoir Ave. bridge over I-24 and I-24 bridges over Germantown Road near MM 183: Lane shifts are in place at North and South Terrace approaching the Belvoir Avenue Bridge, and on Germantown Road under the I-24 Bridge. Double lane closures on I-24 EB and single lane closures I-24 WB will be required on 11/05/20 and between 11/08/20 through 11/11/20 from 9 PM and 6 AM. Rolling roadblocks will be utilized on I-24 EB during the double lane closures on 11/08/20 through 11/11/20. Additionally, there will be single lane closures in the north and south directions of Germantown Road under the I-24 Bridge and at the intersections with North and South Terrace. These closures will occur on 11/05/20 and 11/06/20, and between 11/09/20 through 11/11/20 from 9 AM to 6 AM the following morning. Motorists should be aware of the Belvoir Avenue Bridge closure and detour that was put into place on 04/20/20. There is a 45 MPH speed limit reduction throughout the project corridor on I-24.

HAMILTON COUNTY I-75 at I-24 Interchange Reconstruction: Phase 2 traffic alignments have been implemented. Watch for trucks entering and exiting project. Traffic should expect multiple lane shifts traveling through the interchange. Lane closures will occur Sunday nights through Thursday nights between 9 PM and 6 AM at the following locations: I-75 NB MM 1, I-75 SB MM 3 and I-24 EB MM 184.0 Traffic pacing may occur throughout interchange Sunday nights through Thursday nights between 9 PM and 6 AM. Additionally, there may intermittent shoulder closures at various locations for access to the median and roadside areas. I-75 NB to I-24 WB split has been moved back 1500 feet from its previous location. Welcome Center traffic intending to use I-24 WB now, will have to detour on I-75 NB to Exit 3. Detailed detour information will be available at the Welcome Center. The speed limit has been reduced to 45 MPH throughout the interchange.

HAMILTON COUNTY US-27 (I-124) Widening from I-24/US-27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, including widening the Olgiati Bridge: Work on this project continues with activities occurring in the median and shoulders of US-27. Motorists should be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting the activity area. Motorists should pay close attention to the detour signage posted. The speed limit on US-27 in the construction zone remains 45 MPH. Weather permitting, the contractor may implement temporary lane/shoulder closures on weeknights between the hours of 7 PM and 6 AM. At least one lane will remain open in each direction on US-27. On Thursday, 11/05/20 thru Wednesday, 11/11/20 from 9 AM to 6 PM, temporary lane closures will be in place for southbound and northbound US-27 from the Olgiati Bridge to I-24 for milling and leveling of the asphalt, paving the surface, grinding and grooving of the bridges and installing bridge joints. During the day on Thursday, 11/05/20 from 9 AM to 3 PM temporary ramp closures will be in place for northbound US-27 to 4th Street for working on the overhead sign footing north of 6th Street. During this time 4th Street traffic will be detoured to EXIT 1B – Martin Luther King / Chestnut Street / 4th Street. Additionally, during the day Thursday, 11/05/20 from 9 AM to 3 PM temporary ramp closures will be in place for southbound US-27 ramps to 4th Street and 6th Street for working on the proposed overhead sign. During this time 4th Street and 6th Street traffic will be detoured to EXIT 1B – eastbound Martin Luther King / Chestnut Street / 6th Street & 4th Street. During the day on Friday, 11/06/20 from 9 AM to 3 PM, temporary ramp closures will be in place for southbound US-27 ramps to 4th Street and 6th Street for reworking the striping of the travel lanes. During this time 4th Street and 6th Street traffic will be detoured to EXIT 1B – eastbound Martin Luther King / Chestnut Street / 6th Street & 4th Street. During the day Saturday, 11/07/20 and Sunday, 11/08/20 from 7 AM to 9 PM, temporary lane and ramp closures will be in place for northbound US-27 from I-24 to Main Street for milling and levelling of the travel lanes. During this time the I-24 eastbound ramp to US-27 northbound will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to the Broad Street exit then onto the US-27 northbound ramp from Broad Street. On Monday night, 11/09/20 and Tuesday night, 11/10/20 from 7 PM to 6 AM temporary lane and ramp closures will be in place for northbound US-27 from I-24 to Main Street for paving of the travel lanes. During this time the I-24 eastbound ramp to US-27 northbound will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to the Broad Street exit then onto the US-27 northbound ramp from Broad Street. State Troopers are requested Thursday through Wednesday for lane closures on north and southbound US-27. State troopers are requested for Saturday and Sunday’s milling and leveling from 7 AM thru 9 PM. State Troopers are requested Monday and Tuesday night from 7 PM to 6 AM for the northbound US-27 paving operation. RESTRICTIONS: I-124 (US-27) Northbound Exit 1C 4th Street Off Ramp No oversize/over dimensional loads. I-124 (US-27) Southbound Exit 1A – 1B Martin Luther King Blvd Off Ramp No oversize/over dimensional loads I-124 (US-27) Southbound on Ramps from Martin Luther King Blvd No oversize/over dimensional loads

HAMILTON COUNTY TDOT Maintenance on SR-58 (HWY. 58) both directions from LM 17 to LM 21: During this reporting period, there will be intermittent lane closures in this area of SR58 as maintenance crews are working.

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-17 (GLASS ST.) both directions at LM 5.87: Shoulder and single lane closure between Latta Street and Daisy Street. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM from 10/29/20 through 11/18/20.

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-2 (BRAINERD RD.) westbound at LM 14.12: Shoulder and single lane closure between Tacoa Avenue and McBrien Road. Signage, and cones will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM on 11/10/20.

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-2 (BROAD ST.) both directions at LM 6.14: North and South bound lane closures between 33rd and 34th Streets. Signage and cones will be present. Motorists should reduce speed through the area being aware of personnel and equipment. 9 am – 2 pm daily beginning 10/19/20 through 11/18/20 weather permitting.

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-8 (CHEROKEE BLVD.) westbound at LM 10.74: Shoulder and single lane closure between W. Bell Avenue and Chilhowie Street. Signage, and cones will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM on 11/06/20.

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-8 (RIDGEWAY AVE.) both directions from LM 17.90 to LM 17.91: Shoulder and single lane closure between Rolling Way and Barrington Road. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment between 9 AM and 3 PM from 10/26/20 through 11/18/20.

HAMILTON COUNTY Utility Work on SR-8 (SIGNAL MOUNTAIN RD.) both directions at LM 13.47: Lane closures between Mountain Creek Road and Mundy St. Motorists should reduce speed and be aware of new traffic pattern. Message boards and barrels will be present. Work will be from 9 AM to 3 PM daily, 10/19/20 to 11/18/20.

HAMILTON COUNTY SR-29 (US-27) Repair of the bridge over Big Soddy Creek (LM 20.6): The contractor will be performing bridge & roadway repair on the SR-29 bridge over Big Soddy Creek. During this report period the contractor will have traffic restricted with two lanes of SR-111 southbound closed. Also, during this report period, the contractor will have two lanes of SR-29 north-bound closed. At least one lane of traffic in both directions shall always remain open.

HAMILTON COUNTY SR-2 (US-64, US-11) improvement of the intersection at Edgmon Road in Collegedale (LM 22.7), including grading, drainage and paving: During this report period, the contractor will be performing grading, drainage and paving. Extra care should be taken while trucks and heavy equipment are entering and exiting the roadway. The roadway may be temporarily restricted to a one lane roadway by flagging operation.

HAMILTON COUNTY SR-317 (Apison Pike) Improvement project from SR-321 (Ooltewah-Ringgold Road) to east of Layton Lane: Lane closures and flagging operations will be required on SR-317 to install power poles and transfer lines. The flagging operations will be performed on 11/05/20, 11/09/2020, 11/10/2020, 11/11/2020 from 7 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM. Closures will last about 2 hours per location. There will also be very short lane closures for blasting that will last five minutes or less. The contractor will have intermittent flagging operations during daytime non-peak hours for utility work, delivery of materials and equipment.

HAMILTON COUNTY SR-58 (Ochs Hwy.) Resurfacing from the Georgia State line (LM 0) to SR-17 (LM 2.2): There will be a flagging operation to support a friction coating operation on the travel lanes along this mountain highway. Work will happen M – F (9AM – 4PM). There will be significant delays to the travelling public & alternate routes should be chosen if possible.

HAMILTON COUNTY The construction of an S.I.A. to VW: The contractor will be grading, paving, constructing retaining wall(s) and installing signals & lighting on S.I.A. route connecting Ferdinand Piech Way & Volkswagen Dr. The roadway is not open to traffic. The traveling public should be alert to the entrance and exit of construction vehicles from the jobsite onto the connecting roadways.

MCMINN COUNTY SR-310 Microsurfacing from near SR-30 (US-411) (LM 0.0) to SR-39 (LM 6.4), including bridge repair: Beginning Monday,10/9/20 (7AM – 7PM), there will be a flagging operation to support guardrail installation along SR-310. Drivers should expect wait times or seek alternate routes.

MEIGS COUNTY SR-58 Resurfacing from north of Ten Mile Road (LM 31.3) to the Roane County line (LM 35.1): During this period, the contractor will have one lane closed while performing resurfacing operations. One lane will always remain open. Additional flaggers will be on-site to assist with traffic control as needed.

POLK COUNTY Utility Work on SR-33 (HWY. 411) both directions from LM 9.9 to LM 14: Mobile lane closures SR-40 junction to Ocoee River Bridge as crews transition work zone. Motorists should use caution and be aware of personnel and equipment when traveling through the work zones. Signage, cones, and flaggers will be present between 9 AM to 3 PM with an estimated completion of 01/31/21.

POLK COUNTY SR-40 (US-64) Bridge over the Ocoee River: During this reporting period, the contractor will be working on the westbound shoulder of US-64 (SR-40) to construct a new haul road and begin excavation for the foundations of the new bridge. The westbound shoulder of US-64 (SR-40) will be closed for the duration of this work. Motorists are advised to reduce speed in the work zone and watch for trucks entering/leaving the highway.

POLK COUNTY SR-40 (US-64) Emergency slope stabilization near LM 20.5: During this reporting period, the contractor will be working to construct a retaining wall near LM 20.5 on SR-40 (US-64). The eastbound truck climbing lane is closed at this location and will remain closed for the duration of construction. Motorists are advised to reduce speed to 35 mph in the work zone due to a lane shift and to watch for trucks entering/leaving the highway

RHEA COUNTY SR-302 Resurfacing from SR-30 (LM 0.0) to SR-68 (LM 8.9): During this period, the contractor will have one lane closed while performing resurfacing operations. One lane will always remain open. Additional flaggers will be on-site to assist with traffic control as needed.

RHEA COUNTY Grading, drainage, construction of bridges, paving and signals on a S.I.A. route serving Nokian Tyres: The lull in construction activity at the Nokian Tyres SIA project just North of Dayton, TN. will continue. However, SR-29 traffic will continue to experience slight lane shifts with no shoulders at the entrance to the SIA roadway.

REGION WIDE

REGION 2 Crack sealing at various locations on various state routes: The contractor will continue the crack sealing process on SR-64 in the Cannon County. Contractor will be working from 6 AM to 7 PM daily. The progress work will be supported by mobile lane closure operations as crews transition the work zones along the State Route 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: Cannon County: SR-64 LM 0.00 to LM 9.10 In the event of any inclement weather the contractor will be idle.

REGION 2 TDOT Maintenance drainage work: There will be possible short-term lane and shoulder closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to clean rock and debris from ditches on an as-needed basis. One lane will always be maintained.

REGION 2 TDOT Maintenance pothole repair and pavement patching: There will be possible short-term emergency lane closures at various locations in Region 2 in order to repair potholes and patch pavement on an as-needed basis. Depending on location and severity these repairs may be done during the day or at night. In addition to performing the work, regional Operations crews will also provide traffic control.

REGION 2 On-call concrete pavement repair at various locations on various Interstate and State Routes: The contractor will be repairing concrete pavement on the I-75 NB off-ramp to SR-308 (I-75 NB exit 33). This work will shut down approximately half the width of the ramp leaving a minimum of a 12-foot driving lane. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all traffic signage, personnel and equipment.

REGION 2 On-call guardrail repair and new guardrail installation on various Interstate and State Routes: The contractor may have short term shoulder and/or lane closures in order to perform guardrail repair. These closures will take place on the interstate nightly from 7 PM to 6 AM Sundays through Thursdays and daily on state routes. At least one travel lane will always remain open to traffic on the interstate, and flaggers will be present on state routes during any work that is performed.

REGION 2 Preventative and unscheduled maintenance of Chattanooga SmartWay Intelligent Transportation System: The contractor may have short term shoulder and/or lane closures in order to perform preventative or unscheduled maintenance to the local SmartWay Intelligent Transportation System. Work hours are 9 AM to 3:30 PM. At least one travel lane will always remain open to traffic. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.

REGION 2 Sweeping and drain cleaning on various interstate and state routes: There will be an area wide sweeping operation on selected regional state routes and interstates. This activity will be supported by a mobile lane closure. Hours of activity are Sunday through Thursday between 8 PM and 6 AM).

REGION 2 TDOT mowing operations: There will be possible short-term lane closures at various locations on interstates and state routes in Region 2 in order to perform mowing activities on an as-needed basis. In addition to performing the work, regional Operations crews will also provide traffic control.

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 Hamilton, Warren, Grundy, and Bradley Counties. Routes in Hamilton County include SR-153, SR-317, and SR-2. Routes in Warren County include SR-380. Routes in Grundy County include SR-2. Routes in Bradley County include SR-74 and SR-312. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the work zone and be alert of all traffic signage, personnel, and equipment.

REGION 2 On-call cable barrier repair on various Interstate and State Routes: The contractor may have short term shoulder closures in order to perform cable rail repair. Both travel lanes will always remain open to traffic on the interstate during any work that is performed.

RESTRICTIONS

COFFEE COUNTY – PERMIT: I-24 EXIT 117 WB ON-RAMP WILL BE CLOSED

HAMILTON COUNTY – CNP230: I-124 (US-27) Northbound Exit 1C 4th Street Off Ramp No oversize/over dimensional loads. I-124 (US-27) Southbound Exit 1A – 1B Martin Luther King Blvd Off Ramp No oversize/over dimensional loads I-124 (US-27) Southbound on Ramps from Martin Luther King Blvd No oversize/over dimensional loads

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Weekend Roadwork & Closures – Weekend of Nov. 6-8, 2020

Riverfront Parkway

On Sunday, November 8th, from 8 AM until 8 PM, Riverfront Parkway will be closed between E Aquarium Way and Power Alley. This closure encourages the use of our public right-of-way while providing space for social distancing.

Reggie White Boulevard

Reggie White Boulevard will be closed Sundays from 6 AM until 6 PM for the Chattanooga Essentials Market to enhance social distancing measures.  CDOT is working to help businesses comply with social distancing requirements by providing extra room in our public space. 

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Weekend Roadwork & Closures – Weekend of Oct. 30th-Nov. 2nd.

Beginning on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 7 p.m. EDT, contract crews working on the U.S. 27 reconstruction project in downtown Chattanooga will close the U.S. 27 southbound on and off ramps at Martin Luther King Blvd. These closures will be in place until Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6 a.m. EST to allow the contractor to complete work on MLK Blvd. near U.S. 27 South.

Motorists should exercise caution when traveling through the construction zone and pay close attention to the posted detours and signage.

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Motorists traveling along State Route 153 (“Highway 153”) across Chickamauga Dam should exercise caution during the overnight hours of Sunday, Nov. 1, while Tennessee Valley Authority work crews conduct routine maintenance of the Thrasher Bridge.

Bridge maintenance is necessary to ensure these pieces of vital transportation infrastructure continue to perform safely.

To help minimize traffic disruptions, work will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, and extend to 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2. Travel will be restricted to a single lane when workers are present. Chattanooga Police will be on hand to assist with traffic.

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City of Chattanooga Weekend Closures:
Broad Street will be closed 8:00 AM Saturday through 10:00 PM Sunday between W Aquarium Way and W. 3rd St. as an outdoor expansion for restaurants. CDOT is working to help businesses comply with social distancing requirements by providing extra room in our public space. 

Riverfront Parkway
On Sundays through November 8th, from 8 AM until 8 PM, Riverfront Parkway will be closed between E Aquarium Way and Power Alley. This closure encourages the use of our public right-of-way while providing space for social distancing.

Reggie White Boulevard
Reggie White Boulevard will be closed Friday, October 30th from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM at the  request of Finley Stadium.   

Reggie White Boulevard will be closed Sundays from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM for the Chattanooga Essentials Market to enhance social distancing measures.  CDOT is working to help businesses comply with social distancing requirements by providing extra room in our public space. 

Oak Street
The 500 block of Oak Street will be closed beginning Sunday, November 1, 2020, through Sunday, February 28, 2020, for ongoing construction. Detours will be posted. 

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Well done Chattanooga!

As we all know, there is a major interstate modification project underway at the I-75/I-24 interchange in East Ridge. C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. is the contractor for the $132.6 million dollar modification project, which is slated for completion in late summer 2021. August, 2021, to be exact.

Per the C.W. Matthews contract with TDOT, a total of four 57-hour ramp closures are allowed throughout the duration of the project, which would be necessary to make vital connections. This past weekend, the weekend of October 23-26, 2020, was one of the four allowed weekends. The remaining three weekend closures, if necessary, will be in 2021, not this year.

From Friday evening at 9:00PM to shortly after 12:00 a.m. on Monday morning, the ramp from I-75 North to I-24 West was closed, with all traffic diverted up I-75 North to Exit 3-A (East Brainerd Rd.) where a contraflow detour was in place for access to I-24 West via I-75 South. In brief, there was a 5-mile detour to I-24 West for an entire weekend.

All local traffic on East Brainerd Rd. was shifted to one-lane (for each direction) in the westbound lanes of East Brainerd Rd., with interstate contraflow traffic separated by the concrete median on East Brainerd Rd. There was no local access to I-75 South from E. Brainerd Rd., as Southbound access from E. Brainerd Rd. was reserved for the interstate contraflow traffic.

Also, the I-75 North ramps from Ringgold Rd./U.S. 41 in East Ridge were closed through the duration of the weekend.

One would have thought Brainerd Rd., Ringgold Rd., Spring Creek Rd., S. Moore Rd., and surrounding alternates would have been parking lot parties. While they were congested at times during peak drive times, it really wasn’t much more than a typical Friday afternoon for most people.

Without proper advance warning from all players within the field of traffic incident management, including local media, I’m willing to bet the traffic queue on I-75 Northbound could have been historic in nature. It wasn’t, and here’s why…

As soon as TDOT’s Public Information Officer (PIO) published the Press Release earlier this month with all the details regarding the ramp closure to I-24 West from I-75 North, and the subsequent contraflow at East Brainerd Rd., we all came together as a team. And by “we,” I mean TDOT, GDOT, C.W. Matthews (the Contractor), law enforcement, local media, and YOU, Chattanooga!

TDOT‘s PIO, Jennifer Flynn, did an exceptional job of communicating all the details early to local media here. And there were A LOT of details.

TDOT’s Principle Engineer, Joe Deering, and C.W. Matthews, held a joint Press Conference with Media several days before the event at the TDOT Region 2 Headquarters on Volkswagen Drive.

A week in advance, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) provided a 24/7 advance warning message (“I-24 West closed October 23-26th”) on their overhead Dynamic Message Sign along I-75 North south of the Dalton area.

TDOT provided advance warning on all of their Dynamic Message Signs throughout Hamilton County, warning of an upcoming new traffic pattern, at least a week in advance of the closure.

We even heard about Atlanta Traffic Reporters mentioning the closure for motorists traveling up I-75 North into Tennessee. Keep in mind the Atlanta and Chattanooga Markets overlap along I-75 near Bartow County, Georgia.

Local media, including our team here at Brewer Media Group, went all in with advance warning at least a week in advance.

The result: The traffic queue (backup) on I-75 North never exceeded Cloud Springs Road in Ringgold, Georgia, which is standard afternoon volume traffic. People avoided the area which kept traffic volume down. And by the way, Chattanooga ranks #1 among all metropolitan cities in the volume of freight moving by truck!

East Brainerd Rd. traffic was moderate at best during peak drive times.

When you have a chance, check out an article in the Atlanta AJC, pinned by a veteran radio/tv traffic reporter earlier this month, which discusses a situation where proper advance warning was not in place. It speaks to the importance of proper advance warning. You can find that at http://bit.ly/3e0RE6W

By the way, shortly after 12:00 a.m. this morning, Monday, October 26, 2020, TDOT re-opened the new flyover ramp from I-75 North to I-24 West. They tell us they were able to re-open the ramp a few hours earlier than expected, and the first vehicle traveled the new flyover ramp around 12:30 a.m.

The ramp from I-24 Eastbound to I-75 North is also a new flyover ramp now. And for motorists who travel I-75 South to I-75 South, you will travel underneath the new flyover ramp….until the project completion in August, 2021.


We hope you will let us know how you found out about the interstate modification project closures, and if there is anything we can do better next time.

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