Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: 

I-75 North Exit 1 interchange reconfiguration project at mile marker 1:   Work on this project is nearing completion.  The contractor is addressing punchlist items.  Estimated project completion date is July. [C.W. Matthews Contracting/City Of East Ridge/LCLPRGM]  

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 numerous activities occurring in the median of US-27.

Motorists should be alert for construction vehicles entering and leaving the left traffic lane in both the northbound and southbound directions.  Between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Thursday night and Friday night, the Westbound 4th Street on-ramp to Southbound US-27 will be closed for installation of storm drainage pipes. Traffic will be detoured North onto US-27 to the Manufacturers Road Exit, left on Manufacturers Road and then Right to Southbound US-27. Other alternate access to southbound US-27 will be at MLK Blvd and Main Street. The 12th Street tie-in ramp to US-27 South has been temporarily closed. This closure will be in place through Sept. 18. Detours are posted. Motorists should exercise caution when traveling through the construction zone and 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 p.m. and 6 a.m. At least one lane will remain open in each direction on US-27. THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary. RESTRICTIONS: Northbound US-27 off-ramp Exit 1C to 4th Street is restricted to a maximum width of 11 Feet. Estimated project completion date is January 2020. [Dement Construction Company, LLC/Micka/CNP230] 

Cleaning of the McCallie Tunnel on US-11 (US-64, SR-2), the Stringers Ridge Tunnel on US-127 (SR-8), and the Bachman Tubes on US-41 (US-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. This work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, 7/18/18 at the McCallie tunnels (SR-2) and proceed to the Stringer's Ridge tunnel (SR-8) and on Thursday the Bachman Tubes (SR-8) will be cleaned. The Bachman Tubes will be flagged during their cleaning activity.  Estimated project completion date is June 2019. [Diamond Specialized, Inc./Micka/CNS206]  

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:   During this report period, the contractor will have intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. This work may affect either direction of East Brainerd Road or side streets from Graysville Road to Bel-Air Road. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.  Estimated project completion date is August. [Jones Bros. Contractors, LLC/Pruett/CNN383] 



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