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COVID-19 INFORMATION

State Route 115 (US 129) Alcoa Highway Little River to Maloney Road

Knox County

As of Wednesday, April 12, 2021, traffic on west residential Topside Road was reduced to one lane to allow for the construction of a bridge and retaining wall in the area.  Temporary traffic signals are in place to direct motorists through the work zone. This traffic pattern is expected to be in place until late 2022.

 

Timeline

LET TO CONTRACT:            8/9/2019
CONTRACTOR:                    CHARLES BLALOCK & SONS, INC.
BID PRICE :                           $64,487,767.37
EST. COMPLETION DATE:  OCTOBER 2023

 

Project Updates:

September 22, 2021

Bridge 1 and Wall 1 at Topside West continues. Crews will continue the construction of Walls. Crews have begun construction of Wall 7B. Stone grading operations have continued for the proposed mainline through the entire project. Traffic will be shifted to the center onto the new John Sevier Bridge soon. Utility crews continue work on the south end of the project (Gas, Water, Sewer). Crews are working on the north end of the project, completing the proposed widening to tie-in the mainline to the adjacent project. Completion of Wall 5.

August 13, 2021

Bridge 2 parapet rails will be poured and this will complete phase 1 construction of the bridge. Bridge 1 and Wall 1 at Topside West continues. Crews will continue the construction of Walls. Crews have begun construction of Wall 7B. Stone grading operations have continued for the proposed mainline through the entire project. Traffic will be shifted to the center onto the new John Sevier Bridge soon. Utility crews continue work on the south end of the project (Gas, Water, Sewer). Crews are working on the north end of the project, completing the proposed widening to tie-in the mainline to the adjacent project.  Completion of Wall 5. Construction of Wall 6.

July 20, 2021

Bridge 2 parapet rails will be poured and this will complete phase 1 construction of the bridge. Bridge 1 and Wall 1 at Topside West continues. Excavation for the wall foundation and the bridge abutment is ongoing. Wall 7 North has been completed and crews have started pouring the moment slab. Stone grading operations have continued for the proposed mainline from Topside Road to Bridge 3. Traffic will be shifted to the center onto the new John Sevier Bridge soon. Utility crews continue work on the south end of the project (Gas, Water, Sewer). Crews are working on the north end of the project. Crews are completing the proposed widening to tie-in the mainline to the adjacent project, along with completion of Wall 5.

 June 5, 2021

Construction of Bridge 2 at John Sevier Highway is ongoing. Approach slabs have been completed and crews are scheduled to begin work on parapet rails. Bridge 1 and Wall 1 at Topside Road has continued on the West side. Crews are excavating for the wall foundation and the bridge abutment. Crews continue to install panels, straps and fill for the construction of Wall 7. Fill and grading operations have continued for the proposed mainline from Topside Road to Bridge 3. Utility crews continue work on the south end of the project (Gas, Water, Sewer and Overhead Electric). Crews are working on the north end of the project and completing the proposed widening to tie-in the mainline to the adjacent project.  

May 5, 2021

Construction of Bridge 2 at John Sevier Highway is ongoing. Crews are tying steel and setting forms for upcoming deck pour. Crews continue construction of Wall #7. Crews are currently installing panels and straps on the north end of the wall. Crews continue construction of Wall #5. Crews have completed foundation work and are now installing panels. Star Construction is onsite installing the proposed power poles. Utility crews continue work on the south end of the project locating existing lines and mapping out proposed.

March 11, 2021

Crews have poured median barrier wall from Bridge 1 to just north of Bridge 2 and will continue. The UT Farms driveway has been paved and crews are finishing up pavement dropoff grading. Once opened, the driveway connected to Alcoa Highway will be shut off and traffic will be shifted to begin work on widening the South end of the project. Crews have begun construction of Ramp A at Montlake starting with utilities and fill operations. Crews have begun fill operations at the proposed Montlake Court. Stansell Electric setting light poles at various locations as they become available. Utilities continue work from the North end of the project to Montlake. They are currently placing the proposed water line.

 February 9, 2021

Drainage structures are being installed behind fill activities on the southwest end of the project. Construction of Bridge 2 at John Sevier Highway is ongoing. The beams have been set and crews are now working on the end-walls and preparing the deck. Bridge 1, Bent 3 and Abutment 2 have been completed. Construction of proposed driveway for UT Farms off of Maloney Road has been completed to subgrade and will be paved soon.  Crews have begun construction of Wall 7 by cutting back the 1:1 slope and building foundation.

December 7, 2020

Grading activities are ongoing from East Topside Road to just north of the existing John Sevier Highway. Drainage structures are being installed behind fill activities. Construction of Bridge 2 at John Sevier Highway is underway. Crews have completed Abutment 1 and slope paving. Crews have completed Bent 2 cap and are now driving piles for Abutment 2. Construction of proposed driveway for UT Farms off of Maloney Road has been completed to subgrade. Crews have shifted traffic b/w bridge 3 and 4 and have begun construction on Wall 7.

November 10, 2020

Grading activities are ongoing from East Topside Road to just north of the existing John Sevier Highway.  Drainage structures are being installed behind fill activities. Construction of Bridge 2 at John Sevier Highway is underway. Crews have completed Abutment 1 and slope paving. Crews are constructing Abutment 2 and Bent 2. Construction of proposed driveway for UT Farms off of Maloney Road. Crews continue work on 6x6 Box Culvert. Crews have begun fill in the median at Bridge 3 in order to shift traffic and begin construction on Wall 7.

October 7, 2020

Grading activities are ongoing from East Topside Road to just north of the existing John Sevier Highway. Drainage structures are being installed behind fill activities.  Construction of Bridge #2 at John Sevier Highway is underway. Crews are now constructing abutments 1 and 2. Crews continue blasting on the presplit cuts on the East side of Alcoa near Bridge 3 and the ramp to John Sevier Highway.  The contractor is constructing the 6x6 RCP box culvert for the creek crossing of the proposed driveway for UT Farms off Maloney Road.

September 10, 2020

Grading activities are ongoing from East Topside Road to just north of the existing John Sevier Highway. Drainage structures are being installed behind fill activities. Construction of Bridge 2 at John Sevier Highway is also ongoing. Footers and columns are finished for Bents 1 and 2. Crews have begun work on abutments and the camps for the bents. The contractor is constructing the box culvert for the creek crossing of the proposed driveway for UT Farms off Maloney Road. 

April 29, 2020

Crews have begun construction of Bridge 2 at the proposed John Sevier Highway intersection. Crews have excavated for the construction of Bent 1 and have been driving piles. Concrete footers are scheduled to be poured next week. Crews continue to haul dirt from the east side of Alcoa Highway to the proposed centerline of Alcoa Highway near John Sevier Highway. As crews continue construction of Bridge 2 at John Sevier Highway, please be alert and cautious when traveling along this roadway.

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