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Intermittent Lane Closures Expected on U.S. 64 in Polk County as TDOT Crews Replace Cross Drains

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 06:32am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Beginning on Monday, January 29, 2018 and lasting through March 30, 2018, TDOT crews will be removing and replacing 15 deteriorating cross drains on U.S. 64 in Polk County between log miles 13 and 17.  This work will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST on weekdays and will require intermittent lane closures as the work progresses.  This work is being performed ahead of a resurfacing project on U.S. 64 that is scheduled to begin this spring. 

This four-mile section of U.S. 64 is in the Ocoee River Gorge and the work will affect traffic coming to and from the Copper Basin area.  Log mile 13 is located adjacent to the commercial take‑out at Caney Creek and log mile 17 is a half-mile west of the Ocoee 2 Dam/Rogers Branch River Access. 

After the cross drains have been replaced, the riding surface will be rougher than before.  Crews will monitor and mitigate these areas until the resurfacing project begins this spring.

Drivers are encouraged to use caution as they travel though this area.

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