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East Tennessee Construction Report for March 20-26, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 04:35am

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 321/SR 73 at Log Mile 33.2 in Wears Valley near the Blount/Sevier County Line:  Motorists should be alert for daily lane closures during daylight hours as crews perform slope stabilization in this area.  Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

BLOUNT COUNTY, Washington Street between East Broadway Avenue and High Street in Maryville: Motorists should be alert for possible lane shifts and temporary lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 411/ SR 35 between S. Washington Street and Wilcox Street: Motorists should be alert for possible lane shifts and temporary lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

CAMPBELL COUNTY, I-75 North near Jellico at Mile Marker 160:  Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and shoulder closures through this interchange lighting project.  Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use caution in this area.

CARTER COUNTY, SR 362 Gap Creek Road between SR 361 and Tester Road: Gap Creek Road (SR 362) has reopened to traffic. Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures at various times through this project. Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution in 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 has reopened to traffic.  Motorists should be alert for ongoing construction activities taking place and use caution through this bridge repair project.  For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/wolfcreek/

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 COUNTY, US 411/SR 35 at US 25W:  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.

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, US 25E/SR 32 Bridge over the Powell River at Log Mile 15.96: Motorists should be alert for lane closures through this bridge repair project.  Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use extreme caution in this area.

HAMBLEN COUNTY, I-81 North and South near Exit 8:   Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution through this interchange improvement project.

HAMBLEN COUNTY, SR 32/US 25E near I-81 Interchange: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures and flag persons directing traffic at various times through this project.  Motorists should be alert for new and changing conditions, 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, US 11E/SR 34 at the US 25E/SR 32 Interchange: Motorists should be alert for a temporary lane closure at various times during daylight hours through this ramp re-construction project.  Motorists should be alert for reduced speeds 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.

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, I-81 from the I-40 Interchange to the Hamblen County Line: Motorists should be alert for possible daily shoulder closures through this area during daylight hours as crews perform clearing operations through this resurfacing project. Lane closures for resurfacing will begin on Sunday, March 30, 2014, and occur nightly on Sundays through Thursdays between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution in this area.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, US 411/SR 35 near Muddy Hollow Road at Log Mile 4:  Motorists should be alert for flag persons directing traffic at various times through this project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-640 West Ramp to I-275 South: Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 through 6 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, the ramp from I-640 West to I-275 South will be closed as crews perform bridge repairs.  Motorists traveling I-640 West wishing to access I-275 during this time should continue on I-640 West to I-40 East back to I-275 at Exit 387. Motorists should be alert for slow traffic approaching this area and use extreme caution.

KNOX COUNTY, I-640 West near Mile Marker 3.5: I-640 West is reduced from three lanes to two in this area around the clock for bridge repairs.  Motorists should expect potential delays and be alert for slowed traffic approaching this area.  I-40 thru traffic should remain on I-40 and avoid using the I-640 by-pass during this time.  Motorists on I-40 wishing to access I-75 North should considering using I-275 North to avoid this construction zone.

KNOX COUNTY, I-640 East near Mile Marker 3.5: Beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014, I-640 East will be reduced from three lanes to two in this area around the clock for bridge repairs.  Motorists should expect potential delays and be alert for slowed traffic approaching this area.  I-40 thru traffic should remain on I-40 and avoid using the I-640 by-pass during this time.  Motorists on I-40 wishing to access I-75 North should considering using I-275 North to avoid this construction zone.

KNOX COUNTY, I-75/275 South Ramp to I-640 East: Beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014, the ramp from I-75/275 South to I-640 East will close to traffic as crews begin ramp and bridge repairs.  This closure will remain in effect for weeks around the clock until repairs are complete.  Motorists traveling I-75 South wishing to access I-640 East should follow I-275 South to I-40 East back to I-640. Motorists should be alert for slowed traffic approaching this area and use extreme caution.

KNOX COUNTY, I-640 Westbound Ramp to I-40 West: The ramp from I-640 West to I-40 West is reduced from two lanes to one around the clock for bridge repairs.  Motorists should expect delays especially during the morning and evening rush hour and be alert for slowed or stopped traffic approaching this area.  I-40 thru traffic should remain on I-40 and avoid using the I-640 By-pass during this time.  Thru traffic on I-75 South may follow I-275 South to I-40 West during this time to avoid this construction zone.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 Eastbound Ramp to I-640 East (Exit 385): The ramp from I-40 East to I-640 East is reduced from two lanes to one around the clock for bridge repairs.  Motorists should expect delays especially during the morning and evening rush hour and be alert for slowed or stopped traffic approaching this area.  I-40 thru traffic should remain on I-40 and avoid using the I-640 By-pass during this time.  Motorists should consider using I-275 North to access I-75 North to avoid this construction zone.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West near Mile Markers 372 and 379: On Saturday, March 22, 2014, motorists should be alert for a possible temporary lane closure between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. as crews perform work for the I.T.S. expansion project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution through this area.

KNOX COUNTY, I-40 West Weigh Station Ramp Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for lane shifts and reduced lane widths between Campbell Station Road and Watt Road.   Motorists should be alert for reduced speed and for workers present and use extreme 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. 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, US 441/SR 33 Henley Bridge over Tennessee River in Downtown Knoxville: The Henley Bridge is open to four lanes of traffic .  For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/henley/

KNOX COUNTY, SR 158 Neyland Drive approaching the Henley Bridge: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through this area as crews perform overhead bridge work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area. . For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/henley/

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

KNOX COUNTY, US 129/SR 115 at Maloney Road: Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use caution through this intersection improvement project.

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.

LOUDON COUNTY, I-40 East near Mile Markers 364 and 365: On Sunday, March 23, 2014, motorists should be alert for a possible temporary lane closure between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. as crews perform work for the I.T.S. expansion project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution through this area.

LOUDON COUNTY, US 321/SR 73/ at I-75 North at Exit 81: Motorists should be alert for workers and equipment present and use caution through this intersection improvement project.

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.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 East and West near Exit 347:. Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures during daylight hours through this bridge repair project. Currently, crews are performing repairs in the center lane across the bridge. The left lane has been narrowed to 12 feet in width with no shoulders. Traffic exiting at Exit 347 must use the right lane approaching this area.  Wide loads traveling I-40 East must use the right lane approaching this area. Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, narrowed lanes, closed shoulders, reduced speeds, construction personnel and equipment present and expect potential delays through this bridge repair project. Motorists traveling in the right lane of I-40 East approaching the exit ramp at Exit 347 should use extreme caution and be prepared for motorists slowing down to use the exit ramp.

ROANE COUNTY, US 27 underneath I-40 Exit 347: Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures daily in this area as crews perform overhead bridge work.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 at Exit 350:  Motorists should be alert for possible lane closures on the exit ramp at this intersection improvement project. Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.

ROANE COUNTY, I-40 East near Mile Marker 360: On Saturday, March 22, 2014, motorists should be alert for a possible temporary lane closure between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. as crews perform work for the I.T.S. expansion project.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use caution through this area.

SEVIER COUNTY, I-40 East and West near Mile Marker 407: On Thursday, March 20, 2014, motorists should be alert for lane closures in both directions between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform milling and paving operations to shift traffic in this area.  On Sunday, March 23, 2014, motorists should be alert for a temporary lane closure between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews set portable barrier rails. Motorists should use extreme caution and be alert for possible slowed traffic approaching this area. 

SEVIER COUNTY, SR 66 in Sevierville SR 139 (Douglas Dam Rd.) and SR 338 W (Boyd’s Creek Hwy):  On Thursday, March 20, 2014, motorists should be alert for possible lane closures southbound through this project between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning as crews perform bridge work.  Motorists should be alert for changed traffic conditions through this 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 traveling through this area.  For updated project information, go to http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/highway66/

SEVIER COUNTY, US 441 Southbound between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg:  Motorists should be alert for a right lane closure on US 441 South just beyond traffic light 10 at Conner Heights Road in Pigeon Forge due to a recent slide.  Motorists should use caution in this area.

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. The detour is estimated to be in place until August 2014. 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 75 at SR 357: Motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures and use extreme caution through this signalization project.

UNICOI COUNTY, SR 107 at Main Street:  Motorists should 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 COUNTY, SR 81 at SR 353: Motorists should be alert for a traffic shift and possible temporary lane closures at various times and use extreme caution through this intersection improvement project.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, I-26 at SR 75 (Exit 13) Interchange Improvement Project: Motorists should be alert for right shoulder closures with portable concrete barrier rail through this interchange modification project.  Motorists should use extreme caution when traveling through this area.

WASHINGTON/SULLIVAN COUNTY, SR 75 between SR 36 and SR 357: Intermittent lane closures may be implemented in the north and south bound lanes throughout the construction project at various times.  Motorists should expect potential delays, be alert for changing conditions and use 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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