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Weekly Construction Report for East Tennessee Week of April 21-27, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011 | 09:43am
 (Recovery Act Project) ANDERSON COUNTY, SR 61 Bridge over Poplar Creek in Oliver Springs: Motorists should use caution through this bridge widening project. 
 
BLOUNT COUNTY, TN-73 Scenic (East Lamar Alexander Parkway) at Stables Drive in Townsend:East Lamar Alexander Parkway (TN 73-Scenic) at Stables Drive, near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Townsend will be reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal at various times for the bridge construction project on Stables Drive. Traffic on Stables Drive is also being controlled by a temporary traffic signal. Two travel lanes will be open on Scenic 73 during periods when the contractor is not present and during times when work activities are being performed on the opposite side of the Little River that do not require additional space alongside the roadway. The temporary traffic signals that are currently in place will be set to a cautionary flash during times that both lanes are available for travel. When the lane restriction is in place, the traffic signals will be activated to control the traffic movement one direction at a time. Motorists in this area should be alert for changing conditions, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. 
 
BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129 (SR 115) North at Louisville Road: Beginning Monday, April 25, 2011, motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures daily in this area between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through this intersection improvement project. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present, expect potential delays and use caution through this area.
 
BLOUNT COUNTY, US 321 (SR 73) between Townsend and Maryville at Log Mile 23.1: Through May 15, 2011, motorists traveling in this area should be alert as the roadway has been reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this rockslide repair project. Motorists should be prepared to stop, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. 
 
BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 33 Bridge over Little River at Log Mile 16.9:  Motorists should be alert for a lane closure which will reduce the roadway to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal. Motorists should be alert for this new traffic condition, workers present and use extreme caution through this bridge repair project.
 
BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 336 Brick Mill Rd. near Old Niles Ferry Road: State Route 336 is closed to thru traffic near Old Niles Ferry Road and is being detoured as crews construct a concrete box culvert. The section of Old Niles Ferry Road located between SR 336 and SR 115 is closed at the intersection of Brick Mill Road as crews construct a concrete box culvert. Thru traffic in this area should follow signed detour route. Commercial traffic in this area should use US 411 and US 129 as a detour route. Motorists should use extreme caution traveling in this area. 
 
BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 334 Louisville Rd. at Miser Station and Mentor Rd.:  Motorists should be alert for traffic shifts through this intersection improvement project. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions, workers present and use extreme caution through this area.
 
 (Recovery Act Project) CAMPBELL COUNTY, US25W (SR 9) Bridge between Old Jacksboro Hwy. and Cougar Ln:   Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures and traffic shifts through this bridge replacement project. Motorists should reduce speeds and use extreme caution through this area.
 
GRAINGER COUNTY, US 11W (SR 1) Bridge over Richland Creek at Log Mile 16.2 and 17.8: Motorists should be alert for a lane closures at Log Mile 16.20 (Justice Center Drive) and Log Mile 17.84 (Rocky Branch Rd) for bridge repairs.   Traffic is controlled by temporary traffic signals around the clock through this bridge repair project. Traffic loads in excess of 10 feet in width should follow the signed detour route. Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution while traveling through this area.
 
GREENE COUNTY, I-81 North and South between Mile Markers 36 and 44: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this resurfacing project on Sunday nights through Thursday nights between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning. Motorists should be alert for equipment and workers present, expect potential delays and use caution in this area.
 
GREENE COUNTY, SR 350 over Richland Creek between Leming St. and McKee St.: State Route 350 is closed to thru traffic and is being detoured around this bridge repair project. Motorists should be alert for signed detour routes and use extreme caution through this area.
 
HAWKINS COUNTY, SR 31 Bridge over Poor Valley Creek (LM 2.34) near Mooresburg Springs Rd.: State Route 31 is reduced from two lanes to one around the clock through this bridge repair project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, use extreme caution and expect potential delays through this area.
 
JOHNSON COUNTY, SR 67 over Doe Creek at Log Mile 5.61: State Route 67 is reduced from two lanes to one around the clock and is being controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this bridge repair project. Traffic loads wider than 12 feet are prohibited through this area and should seek alternate routes. Traffic loads with a weight in excess of 30 tons are prohibited. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution traveling through this area.
 
JOHNSON COUNTY, SR 67 over Goose Creek at Log Mile 16.78: State Route 67 is reduced from two lanes to one around the clock and is being controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this bridge repair project. Traffic loads wider than 10 feet are prohibited through this area and should seek alternate routes. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution traveling through this area.
 
KNOX COUNTY, I-75 North and South between Mile Markers 112.5 and 117.5:Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this resurfacing project on Sunday nights through Thursday nights between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning. Motorists should be alert for equipment and workers present, expect potential delays and use caution in this area.
 
KNOX COUNTY, SR 62 (Oak Ridge Hwy. /Western Ave.) between Schaad Road and Copper Kettle Road: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures at various times throughout this widening project. Motorists traveling in this area should be alert for workers and equipment present and be alert for changing traffic conditions, detours, traffic shifts and use caution through this area.
 
KNOX COUNTY, SR 158 Neyland Drive approaching the Henley Bridge:On Monday, April 25, 2011 through Tuesday, April 26, 2011, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., motorists should be alert for a left lane closure in each direction on Neyland Drive approaching the Henley Bridge as crews construct a median crossover in this area. Beginning Tuesday, April 26, 2011, weather permitting, Neyland Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction around the clock approaching the overhead Henley Bridge and new lane shifts will be in place. Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns, lane shifts, reduced speed limit, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/henley/
 
KNOX COUNTY, US 441/SR 33 Henley Bridge over Tennessee River in Downtown Knoxville: The Henley Bridge is closed to traffic for bridge rehabilitation. Motorists should follow signed detour route using James White Parkway. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/henley/
 
KNOX COUNTY, SR 1 Kingston Pike over Norfolk Southern Railroad at Forrest Park Blvd:  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures through this project. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution when traveling through this area. 
 
KNOX COUNTY, SR 131 Lovell Road between Gilbert Drive and Pellissippi Parkway: Motorists should be alert for new traffic shifts, workers present and flag persons directing traffic at various times and use extreme caution through this project.
 
LOUDON COUNTY, US 11/SR 2 at Shaw Ferry Road: Motorists should be alert for construction activities and use extreme caution approaching and traveling through this area.
 
LOUDON COUNTY, Unitia Road Bridge over Cloyd Creek at Log Mile 1.72: Unitia Road is closed to thru traffic as crews perform work on this bridge construction project. The signed detour for this closure will utilize US 321 and SR 333. Motorists in this area should be alert for changed conditions, adjust travel times and use caution. This closure is estimated to be in place until Fall 2011.
 
MORGAN COUNTY, SR 29/US 27 Bridge over White Oak Creek at Log Mile 23:Motorists should be alert for a lane closure which will reduce the roadway to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal. Motorists should be alert for this new traffic condition, workers present and use extreme caution through this project.
 
MORGAN COUNTY, SR 62 between SR 29/US 27 and Petit Lane:Motorists should be alert for new traffic shifts, changed conditions, workers present and use caution through this project.
 
ROANE COUNTY, SR 95 between Westover Drive and SR 58:Motorists should be alert for possible lane closure at various times and use caution through this construction project.
 
SCOTT COUNTY, US 27/SR 29 near Gallow Way Drive and Airport Rd.: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this overhead bridge construction project. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use caution traveling through this area.
 
SEVIER COUNTY, SR 71 at Log Mile 16.2 in Gatlinburg between Dudley Creek Road and SR 73:  Motorists should be alert for lane closures in each direction on State Route 71 at Log Mile 16.2 in Gatlinburg through this slide repair project. The northbound traffic has been shifted to utilize one of the lanes on the southbound side around the slide repair area. This traffic control configuration is estimated to remain in place around the clock seven days a week through May 26, 2011. Motorists should be alert for traffic shifts, narrow lanes and workers present in this area. Motorists should expect delays in this area. Motorists should use caution and expect potential delays in this area. On Friday morning, April 22, 2011,beginning at 12:01 a.m.,State Route 71 between Dudley Creek Road and State Route 73 will be temporarily closed and traffic will be detoured as crews relocate overhead utility lines. The roadway is estimated to re-open by 3 a.m., Friday morning.
 
SEVIER COUNTY, SR 35 (West Main Street) Bridge over West Prong Little Pigeon River: Motorists should be alert for lane closures and new traffic patterns in place around the clock through this bridge repair project. Motorists should expect potential delays, be alert for workers present and use extreme caution traveling in this area.
 
SEVIER COUNTY, SR 35 (Chapman Hwy.) Bridges over Gist Creek between White’s School Rd. and Tarwater Rd.: Motorists traveling through this area should be alert for lane closures and traffic shifts through this bridge construction project. Motorists should use extreme caution, reduce speed and be alert for new and changing conditions through this area.
 
SEVIER COUNTY, SR 338  (Boyd's Creek Hwy) in Seymour at Old Sevierville Pike: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrowed lanes, and workers present throughout this intersection improvement project. Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution traveling through this area.
 
SEVIER COUNTY, SR 454 between Glades Road and SR 416: Motorists should be alert for a lane closure which will reduce the roadway to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal. Motorists should be alert for this new traffic condition. Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, construction personnel and equipment present through this construction project. Motorists should use caution and expect potential delays through this area.
 
(Recovery Act Project)  SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville between SR 338 (Boyds Creek) and Nichols St.:
Motorists should be alert for changing conditions throughout this widening project. Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily Monday through Friday through this project for utility crossings. Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution traveling through this area. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/
 
SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville between I-40 and SR 139 (Douglas Dam Rd.): Motorists should be alert for changing conditions throughout this widening project. Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily Monday through Friday through this project for utility crossings. Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution traveling through this area. Motorists traveling on East Mount Road at State Route 66 need to be aware of a temporary road closure. Crews have closed East Mount Road between Snyder Road and State Route 66. The signed detour is East Mount Road to Bryan Road to Douglas Dam Road (State Route 139). The closure is necessary to raise the existing roadway up to proposed grade under the Improving 66 project. Crews estimate having East Mount Road reopened by Friday, April 29, 2011. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/
 
SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 36 Bridge over Reedy Creek:Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use caution through this area.
 
SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 75 between Washington County Line and Herron Drive: Motorists should use caution and be alert for possible temporary lane closures, workers present and new traffic patterns through this bridge replacement project.
 
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Massengill Rd. Bridge over I-81: Motorists should be alert for lane closures controlled by a temporary traffic signal, around the clock through this bridge repair project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, use extreme caution through this area.
 
UNICOI COUNTY, I-26 between Mile Markers 36 and 40: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures during daylight hours and use caution through this resurfacing project. 
UNION COUNTY, Existing SR 33 Bridge over Clinch River (Norris Lake): The existing State Route 33 Bridge over Norris Lake is posted with weight limit restrictions and is being strictly enforced. Weight restrictions are: 5 axle vehicles are 35 tons; 3 or 4 axle vehicle is 22 tons; 2 axle vehicles are 20 tons. VEHICLES WEIGHING IN EXCESS OF THE RESTRICTED WEIGHTS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO CROSS THE BRIDGE AND MUST FOLLOW A DETOUR ROUTE. {Southbound traffic on the north side of the bridge traveling to the Maynardville area should follow South US 25E in Tazewell to Bean Station and take South US 11W to Blaine and follow SR 61 West to Luttrell, take SR 131 South (Tazewell Pike) to SR 144 West (Ailor Gap Rd.) to SR 33 in Maynardville. Southbound traffic on the north side of the bridge traveling to the Knoxville area should follow South US 25E in Tazewell to Bean Station and take South US 11W to Blaine and continue on South US 11W to Interstate 40.} {Northbound traffic on the south side of the bridge in the Knoxville area should follow I-40 to North US 11W (Rutledge Pike) to Bean Station and take North US 25E to Tazewell.Northbound traffic on the south side of the bridge in the Maynardville area should take SR 144 East (Ailor Gap Rd.) to SR 131 North (Tazewell Pike) to SR 61 in Luttrell and follow SR 61 East to North US 11W in Blaine. Follow North US 11W to Bean Station and take North US 25E to Tazewell.}
 
UNION COUNTY, SR 33 Bridge Project over Clinch River (Norris Lake): Motorists traveling on State Route 33 crossing the bridge over Norris Lake should be alert for workers present and flag persons directing traffic at various times as equipment enters and exits the roadway through this bridge replacement project. Motorists approaching this area should reduce speeds and use extreme caution through this area.
 
UNION COUNTY, SR 33 between South of SR 144 (Hickory Star Rd.) and SR 61 East:Motorists should use caution and be alert for workers flagging traffic at various times and be alert for changed conditions through this widening project.
 
WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-81 North and South between Mile Markers 50 and 54: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this resurfacing project on Sunday nights through Thursday nights between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning. Motorists should be alert for equipment and workers present, expect potential delays and use caution in this area.
 
WASHINGTON COUNTY, I-26 Westbound Exit Ramp over Boones Creek (Exit 19): Motorists should be alert for a closed shoulder, workers and equipment present and use extreme caution in this area. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2011 through 6 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, the westbound exit ramp will close as crews perform roadway structure repairs. During this time, motorists on I-26 West wishing to access Boones Creek Road (Exit 19) should use State of Franklin Road (Exit 17) to SR 36 back to Boones Creek Road.
 
WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 81 Bridge over Muddy Creek between Fairview Circle and Horseshoe Bend Rd.: Motorists should be alert for traffic shifts and changed conditions through this project and be alert for workers present and flag persons directing traffic at various times as equipment enters and exits the roadway through this bridge replacement project. Motorists approaching this area should reduce speeds and use extreme caution through this area.
 
 For information on statewide interstate construction motorists can access the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay website at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/tdotsmartway/
 

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