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.  


Moccasin Bend Chapter Of DAR Has December Meeting Saturday

The Moccasin Bend Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their December meeting at Signal Mountain Town Hall Complex on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. There will be a covered dish luncheon followed by a “New to You” auction. The proceeds from the auction will benefit Fisher House which provides free or low cost lodging to Veterans or military families receiving ... (click for more)

Security Concepts For Religious Institutions Presented By AGAPE Tactical, LLC On Dec. 17

Security Concepts for Religious Institutions will be presented by AGAPE Tactical, LLC On Dec. 17. The interactive seminar will teach participants how to make their organization a safer place of worship. The seminar will cover topics such as: 1. The cost of having a safety team versus not having one 2. The truth regarding shooting incidents in churches 3. How to prevent ... (click for more)

Lawsuit Says Girl Received Severe Traumatic Brain Injury In Woodmore Bus Wreck

A new lawsuit in the tragic Woodmore Elementary School bus wreck said one girl on the bus suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Attorneys Joseph Fried and Michael Goldberg of Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court on behalf of the minor daughter of Shanquatta Byrd. The bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was transporting 37 students from ... (click for more)

Officer Who Was Shot Returned Fire; Is Recovering Well; Shooter Still On Loose

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday morning that the officer who was shot three times on Thursday is recovering well.   Chief Fletcher said the officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest and one bullet hit the vest, which protected him during the shooting.  The officer was able to return fire, although Chief Fletcher would not comment on how many bullets ... (click for more)

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I have been reading the buzz about Signal Mountain and other small municipalities considering a move to form their own school district within their municipal boundaries.  It is quite the comedy hour considering the notion that small cities that for decades could not even manage small sewer systems or 911 districts, are somehow going to do a better job with public education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Abolish Bail For Poor

Our terribly overcrowded Hamilton County Jail may get some help from an unsuspected corner – the Obama administration is tackling the fact that right now over 450,000 people are in our country’s jails because they are too poor to pay for bail. It is a violation of the Constitution to “punish people for their poverty.” As the Eighth Amendment provides, “… excessive bail ought not ... (click for more)