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East Tennessee Construction Report for October 23-29, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 09:48am

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129/ SR 115 between Louisville Road and Payne Avenue: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary daytime lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through this area as crews install longitudinal cable barrier in this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution through this area.

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 129 / SR 115 between W. Broadway Avenue and US 321: Motorists should be alert for road construction on Mall Road near Foothills Mall in Maryville.  Currently, work is limited to the southbound shoulder.  As the project progresses, motorists should expect temporary lane closures in each direction as turn lanes and a new traffic signal are constructed.

BLOUNT COUNTY, SR 162 West near Cusick Road: SR 162 is reduced to one lane near Cusick Road as crews perform work on this SIA project.  This lane reduction will remain in effect through November 2014. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North between Mile Markers 142 and 157: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various locations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform median cable barrier installation.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, US 25W/SR 9 between Duff Road and SR 63:  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

CARTER COUNTY, SR 362 Gap Creek Road between SR 361 and SR 67: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrow lanes, temporary traffic diversions and possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

CARTER COUNTY, SR 37 between Rittertown Road and Bertie Lane: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures during daylight hours as crews perform grade work to extend a turn lane in this area. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE/JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 25E/SR 32 Bridge over the French Broad River:  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this bridge construction project near the Cocke and Jefferson County line. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

COCKE/JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 411/SR 35 at US 25W:  Motorists should be alert for a new traffic patterns and lane shifts through this project.  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this construction project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

GRAINGER COUNTY, SR 92 between Jefferson County Line and US 11W: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing 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 possible lane closures at various times and changing conditions through this project. 

HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 160 at Merchants Greene: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts near this intersection as crews perform work through this bridge construction project.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

HANCOCK COUNTY, SR 70/SR 33 Interchange: Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures at various times during daylight hours through this bridge construction project.  Motorists should be alert for reduced speeds and use extreme caution in this area.

HAWKINS COUNTY, SR 346 between Log Miles 2.5 and 6: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this utility project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, I-40 East and West Bridge over the French Broad River near Mile Marker 425: I-40 East and West across the bridge over Douglas Lake near Mile Marker 425 is reduced to one lane in each direction as crews continue this bridge rehabilitation project.  These lane reductions will be in place around the clock for approximately two years.  Motorists should be alert for lane shifts and narrowed lanes in this area.  Traffic loads in excess of 12 feet in width will be prohibited and must follow a detour route.  The wide load detour will be US 25/SR 9 between Exits 424 and 432. Motorists should expect potential delays in this area during peak travel times.  Local traffic should consider using US 25/SR 9 as an alternate route during peak travel periods.  I-81 and I-26 may be used as an alternate route for I-40 “thru traffic” to by-pass this project during peak travel periods. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/I40fbr/default.htm

JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 25W Bridge over the French Broad River and SR 113 Ramps at I-40: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures with flag personnel directing traffic at various times through this area as crews receive materials associated with the adjacent I-40 bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for equipment present and use extreme caution in this area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, SR 139 between Log Miles 0 and 8:  Motorists should be alert for daily temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

JOHNSON COUNTY, SR 133 between Log Miles 0 and 11.4:  Motorists should be alert for daily temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-275 North Ramp to I-640 West and SR 9 (Clinton Highway): Motorists should be alert for lane shifts and width reductions across this bridge as crews perform bridge repairs.  Trucks and buses should follow alternate routes.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-275 North and South underneath Ramp Bridge to SR 9 (Clinton Highway): Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures on Sundays through Thursdays between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform overhead bridge repairs.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, possible delays and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-75 South between Merchants Drive (Exit 108) and I-640:  On Monday, October 27, 2014, motorists should be alert for a temporary lane closure in this area between the hours of 9 a.m. and Noon as crews perform survey work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West between I-140 (Exit 376) and Lovell Road (Exit 374): Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following morning and use extreme caution through this ramp extension project.

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. Woodsmith Road at SR 62 is closed to thru traffic for construction. The following roads are currently closed to thru traffic for construction: Shortt Road at Western Avenue; South Hinton Road between Western Avenue and Third Creek Road; Jimmy Carter Road at Western Avenue and Beaver Ridge Road at Western Avenue.  A short section of Ball Camp Pike between Western Avenue and Goldenrod Street is also closed for construction.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and follow signed detour routes. For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/SR62/updates.shtml

KNOX COUNTY, SR 33 Maynardville Highway between Temple Acres Drive and the Union County Line:  Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic and use caution in this area.  Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times as work continues through this widening project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, traffic shifts and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 131 Emory Road between Gill Road and Clinton Highway: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures with flagging personnel present at various times through this widening project for bridge construction, utility and equipment crossings.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, SR 170 Raccoon Valley Road between Heiskell Road and SR 71 Norris Freeway:  Motorists should be alert for daily temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, US 129 South approaching SR 168 Gov. John Sevier Highway: On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, motorists should be alert for a brief rolling roadblock through this area between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. for the movement of an oversized load.  Motorists should be alert for slowed or stopped traffic, expect delays and use extreme caution through this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, I-75 North and South between Mile Marker 60 and the Tennessee River (MM 74): Motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following as crews complete work through this resurfacing project.  Motorists should use extreme caution in this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 between SR 2 and City Park Drive: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changing conditions, workers present, construction equipment and use extreme caution through this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 and SR 444 Tellico Parkway: On Thursday, October 30, 2014, motorists utilizing SR 444 at the junction of US 321/SR 73 should be alert for temporary traffic diversions directed by officers between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as crews set bridge beams in this area.  Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 West near Mile Marker 347: On Sunday, October 26, 2014 through Thursday, October 30, 2014, motorists should be alert for nightly lane closures between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews complete items through this bridge repair project. Motorists should be alert for slow traffic and expect potential delays through this project.

ROANE COUNTY, Ramp to I-40 West from SR 29 (Exit 350): Motorists should be alert for daily lane shifts and workers present on this ramp as crews perform maintenance related activities.

SEVIER COUNTY, I-40 East and West near Mile Marker 407: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary nightly lane closures in both directions between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews shift traffic in this area for overhead bridge work. Motorist should be alert for lane shifts and changed conditions in this area. Motorists should expect potential delays, use extreme caution and be alert for possible slowed traffic approaching this area. 

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 over I-40 at Exit 407: Motorists should be alert for possible nightly lane closures through this area.  Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area.

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville SR 139 (Douglas Dam Rd.) and SR 338 W (Boyd’s Creek Hwy):  On Monday, October 27, 2014 through Thursday, October 30, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures on the southbound side of SR 66 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for bridge deck concrete placement. Motorists should be alert for short duration traffic stops in both directions which may occur daily Monday through Friday through this project for utility crossings. Motorists should expect potential delays traveling through this area.  For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/

SULLIVAN COUNTY, US 11E/SR 34 at US 19E/SR 37: A temporary detour of SR 37/US19E is in place at the intersection of SR 34/US 11E. Traffic signals have been installed and are operational at the intersection of SR34/37 and SR37/44. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and follow signed detours. Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution through this bridge construction and intersection reconstruction project.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 126 between West Center Street and Clinchfield Street: Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. as crews perform utility work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, US11W at various locations in Kingsport: Motorists should be alert for possible daily lane closures in this area between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. as crews perform utility work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 34 between SR 44 and Bristol City Limits: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures and lane shifts through this project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

UNICOI COUNTY, SR 107 at Main Street:  Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures, use extreme caution and be alert for construction personnel and equipment entering and exiting this construction project.

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 be alert for possible lane closures with flaggers directing traffic at various times and use extreme caution approaching the bridge.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 East and West at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: I-26 will be closed at Exit 13 the evening of Saturday, November 8, 2014. The right lane in both directions will be closed beginning at 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.  Full road closures will then take place at 10:00 pm and run until 6:00 am the following morning.  Eastbound traffic will be detoured beginning at the I-81 interchange.  Traffic will take Exit 8B to merge onto I-81 Northbound and will continue two miles to take Exit 59.  At the bottom of the exit ramp, traffic will turn right onto SR 36 and continue straight for nine miles and then turn right onto SR 354.  Traffic will continue on SR 354 for one mile before merging onto I-26 Eastbound.  Detour signs and message boards will assist traffic throughout the detour.  Westbound traffic will be forced to take Exit 13, but will be directed to the entrance ramp to get right back on the interstate.  A uniformed official will be coordinating the traffic signal at this ramp.  Motorists should expect delays and congested traffic in this area during the specified time.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY SR 75 over I-26 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: During the first week of November, a traffic swap will take place on SR 75 at the I-26 interchange.  Traffic will be shifted onto the new portion of the SR 75 bridge that crosses over the interstate. The existing left turn lane will be eliminated and traffic will be condensed down to two lanes.  Motorists should expect traffic to be congested in this area, especially at peak travel times (morning/late afternoon).  The traffic shift will remain in place for approximately 6-8 months.  Once the second phase of the bridge is completed, there will be six travel lanes consisting of two through lanes in each direction along with two left turn lanes.  Motorists should be alert for changing conditions and use extreme caution in this area.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, SR 36 between SR 354 and SR 75: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this project.  Orchard Avenue is closed.  Traffic is still shifted at Spurgeon Island Road.  Traffic will also be shifted from Boone Avenue to Boring Chapel Road.  From Boone Avenue to near Hammitt Road will be split traffic separated by a barrier wall.  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.

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