Weekly Road Construction Report

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:

I-75 North at Exit 3A miscellaneous safety improvements at the northbound off ramp to SR 320 (East Brainerd Rd. ):  Work has begun on this project.  During this report period, the contractor will jack and bore across East Brainerd Road to stretch the rigid conduits necessary for the project. Jack and bore is the laying of steel casing under roadways or other inaccessible areas for the installation of underground utilities, in this case the cables for the traffic signal.  The contractor will also have a daytime eastbound right lane closure on E. Brainerd Road from 8AM-4PM in order to dig out the shoulder and replace the concrete.  Flaggers will be on site to help with traffic control.  At least one travel lane will remain open to traffic at all times. Estimated project completion date is May.  

U.S. 27 (SR-29) reconstruction project from Manufacturers Road (Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River) to U.S. 127 (SR-8, Signal Mountain Boulevard):  Weather permitting, the contractor will have lane closures throughout the project area on weeknights from 7 p.m.-6 a.m. to perform road work.  They will also be working on retaining walls and bridges throughout the project area.  The contractor will close a portion of Signal Mtn. Blvd. located near the Dayton Blvd. intersection on the evenings of Monday through Wednesday between the hours of 7 p.m.-6 a.m. to demolish the bridge on the existing northbound exit ramp to Signal Mountain Boulevard, which passes over the roadway.  The contractor will demolish the bridge by taking it apart in pieces, and the roadway beneath will be protected with mats during this work.  Once the bridge is removed, the contractor will set portable barrier rail to close the inside lanes to allow for construction the foundations for a new bridge.  During the closures, traffic will follow a marked detour route to navigate around the area.  The Manufacturers Road entrance ramp onto US 27 North has been closed until spring 2013 to allow for construction of several retaining walls and portions of new bridges.  Detours are posted.  The Manning Street entrance ramp to U.S. 27 North and the Manning Street and Whitehall Road exit ramps from U.S. 27 North have been permanently closed.  All work is weather permitting.  Should inclement weather prevent work from being performed, it will be rescheduled to take place at the earliest possible time.  During nighttime work, at least one lane will remain open in each direction.  THP will assist with traffic control on the project as necessary.  Estimated project completion date is December 2014.  

Shallowford Road widening project from Gunbarrel Road to Jenkins Road, including grading drainage, and paving: The contractor will be laying pipe across the roadway at several locations.  This work will be performed during the day on weekdays only.  Flaggers will be in place to assist with traffic control.  Estimated project completion date is September.  


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