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Weekly Construction Report for East Tennessee Week of April 26-May 2, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 07:18am
BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 73/US 321 at Log Mile 24.2 and 25.3:Motorists should be alert for a lane closure which has the roadway reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this rockfall mitigation project. Motorists should be prepared to stop and use extreme caution while traveling through this area.
 
BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 73/US 321 at Foothills Mall Drive: Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect possible delays and use extreme caution through this intersection improvement project. Motorists should be alert for new lane shifts on Foothills Mall Drive near the intersection with US 321.
 
CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 South between Mile Markers 144 and 141: I-75 South is currently reduced to one lane at Mile Marker 144 in Tennessee.  This lane reduction is due to a landslide which occurred on March 8, 2012 near Mile Marker 143, and temporarily forced the closure of the southbound lanes. Median crossovers have been constructed and one southbound lane is being maintained on the northbound side of I-75 between Mile Markers 144 and 141. Two northbound lanes are being maintained through this section. During holiday and peak travel times, major delays and traffic backups in excess of 20 miles are expected along this stretch of I-75.  Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid this area during peak travel periods. Motorists choosing to bypass I-75 through the landslide area can take Exit 160 in Jellico and turn left to follow US 25W to LaFollette, then back to I-75 South at Exit 134 in Caryville. Wide loads in excess of 12 feet in width must exit I-75 South at Exit 160, turn right and follow State Route 297 West, to State Route 63, then back to I-75 South at Exit 141.  Due to the geographical terrain of this route, motorists are advised to use extreme caution. Motorists should be advised that there are no exits with fuel service beyond Exit 160 in Jellico until reaching Exit 141.  Motorists should check fuel levels prior to Exit 160.
 
CARTER COUNTY, US 321 (SR 159) over Elk River at Log Mile 7.23: US 321/State Route 159 is closed to thru traffic and detoured around this bridge replacement project. Motorists should follow signed detour route and adjust travel times accordingly.
 
COCKE COUNTY, I-40 West near the North Carolina/Tennessee State Line: I-40 West is reduced to one lane near Mile Marker 451 through this rockslide repair project. Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.
 
COCKE COUNTY, I-40 East and West near Mile Marker 435: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times in this area as crews perform overhead bridge repairs at Exit 435. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.
 
COCKE COUNTY, US 321/SR 32 over I-40 at Exit 435: US 321/SR 32 over I-40 is reduced to one lane in each direction through this bridge repair project. These lane closures will be in place around the clock. Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.
 
COCKE COUNTY, US 25/70/SR 9 Bridge over the French Broad River at Log Mile 21.6: The historic Wolf Creek Bridge on US 25/70/SR 9 over the French Broad River is closed to thru traffic as crews perform work on this bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge will be closed thru March of 2014. Separate signed detours will be in place for passenger and commercial vehicles. Motorists should adjust travel times accordingly and use caution through this area. For updated project information, go tohttp://www.tdot.state.tn.us/wolfcreek/
 
GRAINGER COUNTY, SR 92 Bridge over Richland Creek at Log Mile 9.14:Motorists should be alert for a lane closure which has the roadway reduced to one lane controlled by a temporary traffic signal through this bridge project.Traffic loads in excess of 9 feet in width should follow an alternate route. Motorists should be alert fornew traffic patterns, expect potential delays and use extreme caution while traveling through this area.
 
GRAINGER COUNTY, US 25E at SR 131: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this intersection safety improvement project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
GRAINGER COUNTY, SR 375: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this safety improvement project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
GREENE COUNTY, SR 70 between the North Carolina Line and Cecil Davis Road: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through this area.
 
HAMBLEN COUNTY, I-81 North and South between Mile Markers 7.5 and 17.5: Motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning on Sunday nights through Thursday nights through this resurfacing project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.
 
HAMBLEN COUNTY, I-81 North and South near Exit 8:Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and rolling roadblocks between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform overhead bridge work. Motorists should be alert for slow moving traffic and use extreme caution approaching this area.
 
HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 32/US 25E near I-81 Interchange: Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns through this project. US 25E is reduced to one lane in each direction approaching the bridge over I-81 and new traffic shifts are in place as the northbound traffic has been shifted over to the southbound side as crews perform bridge work in this area. Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 32/US 25E near College Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts through this project. Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this project. Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily through this project for utility and equipment crossings. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 66 at SR 342: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this intersection safety improvement project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
HAWKINS COUNTY, Main Street over Southern Railroad in Bulls Gap: A section of Main Street is closed to thru traffic and detoured around this bridge replacement project. Motorists should follow signed detour route and adjust travel times accordingly.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 and I-81 Interchange: On Monday, April 30, 2012 through Thursday, May 3, 2012, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this interchange improvement project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-81 North near Mile Marker 0.3: On Thursday night, April 26, 2012, motorists should be alert for a possible temporary lane closure between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
JOHNSON COUNTY, SR 67 over Doe Creek at Log Mile 5.61: State Route 67 has been reopened to two lanes through this bridge repair project. Motorists should remain alert for construction activity, workers present and use caution traveling through this area.
 
KNOX COUNTY, I-275 North near Mile Marker 3.5: On Thursday night, April 26, 2012, motorists should be alert for a possible temporary lane closure between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform guardrail repairs. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
 
KNOX COUNTY, I-275 approaching Heiskell Avenue: Motorists should be alert for possible brief rolling roadblocks at various times during daylight hours as crews perform blasting in this area. Motorists should be alert for sudden stops, reduced speeds, expect delays and use extreme caution in this area.
 
KNOX COUNTY, I-140 East near Northshore Drive (Exit 5): On Monday, April 30, 2012 through Friday, May 4, 2012, motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews construct concrete barrier wall. Motorists should expect potential delays and use caution through this area.
 
KNOX COUNTY, I-140 West exit and entrance ramps at Northshore Drive (Exit 5): Motorists should be alert for narrowed ramp lanes, workers present and use extreme caution through this ramp improvement project.
 
KNOX COUNTY, US 129/SR 115 Alcoa Highway Northbound between Woodson Drive and Cherokee Trail: Motorists in this area should be alert for a possible lane closure on Sunday nights through Thursday nights between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning through this rockslide repair project. Motorists traveling north on Alcoa Highway may use I-140 to I-40; or Governor John Sevier Highway to Chapman Highway as alternate routes to avoid this area.
 
KNOX COUNTY, SR 1 Kingston Pike at Everett Road: Motorists on Kingston Pike near Everett Road should be alert for lane closures in both directions through this bridge widening project. Everett Road between the Kingston Pike intersection and Saint Andrews Drive is closed to thru traffic for most of the duration of the project. Everett Road motorists are advised to use other routessuch as Hobbs Road/Union Road and Smith Road to enter and exit this portion of Everett Road.   Motorists should be alert for changed conditions, workers present and use extreme caution through 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. South Hinton Road between Western Avenue and Third Creek Road; Jimmy Carter Road at Western Avenue; and Beaver Ridge Road at Western Avenue are closed for construction. A short section of Ball Camp Pike between Western Avenue and Goldenrod Street is closed for construction. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and follow signed detour routes.
 
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 158 Neyland Drive approaching the Henley Bridge: Neyland Drive is reduced to one lane in each direction and shifted to the eastbound side as work continues on the overhead Henley Bridge. These closures will remain in place around the clock until August 2012. Access to Neyland Drive from Locust Street will be restricted during this time. Motorists should expect potential delays during rush hour. Motorists should use caution approaching this area and be alert for workers and equipment present in this work zone area. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/henley/
 
KNOX COUNTY, SR 158 Neyland Drive Eastbound near Leinard Lane :Motorists should be alert for a lane shift through this area as KUB contractors perform utility work. Motorists should be alert for changed traffic patterns; workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
KNOX COUNTY, SR 169Middlebrook Pike at Henson Road: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures in both directions between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews perform work through this construction project. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through this area.
 
KNOX COUNTY, SR 131 Emory Road between Gill Road and Clinton Highway:Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur at various times through this widening project for utility and equipment crossings. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
KNOX COUNTY, SR 332 Northshore Drive at Westland Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this intersection improvement project. Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.
 
ROANE COUNTY, I-40Eastbetween Mile Markers340 and 342: Motorists should be alert for shoulder closures through this slope stabilization project. Motorists should reduce speed and use extreme caution through this area.
 
ROANE COUNTY, SR 1 /US 70 at Old Kingston Highway: Old Kingston Highway at the intersection with US 70 across from Country Club Road is closed as crews reconstruct this road for realignment with US 70. Motorists should follow signed detour route and use caution in this area.
 
ROANE COUNTY, SR 95 between Westover Drive and SR 58:Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, possible lane closures at various times and use caution through this construction project.
 
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 lane shifts, construction personnel and equipment present through this construction project. Motorists should use caution and expect potential delays through this area.
 
SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville between I-40 and SR 139 (Douglas Dam Rd.): Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily Monday through Friday through this project for utility crossings. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and expect potential delays traveling through this area. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/
 
SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville SR 139 (Douglas Dam Rd.) and SR 338 W (Boyd’s Creek Hwy.):On Thursday night, April 26, 2012, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform traffic shifts and set portable barrier rails. Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily Monday through Friday through this project for utility crossings. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and expect potential delays traveling through this area. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/
 
SEVIER COUNTY, Asbury Lane over LeConte Creek at Mynatt Park in Gatlinburg: Motorists should be alert for a lane closure with stop conditions through this bridge construction project. Intermittent short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily for equipment crossings.
 
SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West near Mile Marker 6 (Welcome Center):  Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and brief rolling roadblocks between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily through this area. Motorists should be aware of shoulder closures, workers present, reduced speed limit and use caution in this area.
 
SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 36 Bridge over CSX Railroad between I-81 and Wilmont Drive: Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns through this bridge repair project as crews have closed the southbound bridge and shifted all traffic to the northbound bridge. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction. Motorists should be alert for lane closures, lane shifts and use extreme caution through this area. Motorists should expect potential delays through this area and adjust travel times accordingly.
 
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Fordtown Road between I-81 and Eastern Star Road:Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this project. Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily through this project for equipment mobilization. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
SULLIVAN COUNTY, US 11W/ SR 1 near Log Mile 20.03: Motorists should be alert for an eastbound lane closure in place around the clock through this rockfall mitigation project. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through this area.
 
UNICOI COUNTY, SR 173 at Marbleton Road: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this intersection improvement project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.
 
UNION COUNTY, Existing SR 33 Bridge over Clinch River (Norris Lake) Weight Restrictions: 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. Motorists should use extreme caution and be prepared to stop approaching the bridge.
 
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 flag persons directing trafficacross the bridge at various times for bridge work. Motorists approaching this area should reduce speeds and use extreme caution through this area.
 
WASHINGTON COUNTY, US 11E between SR 36 and SR 381: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this project.Motorists should be alert for equipment and workers present, expect potential delays and use caution in this area.
 
WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 75 between SR 36 and SR 357: Motorists should be alert for new traffic patterns and lane shifts through this projects. Temporary daytime lane closures in both directions may occur at various times through this construction project. Motorists should reduce speeds and be alert for workers and equipment present in this area.
 
WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75:Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this project. Short duration traffic stops in both directions may occur daily through this project for utility and equipment crossings. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in 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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