Extensive Roadwork Ahead: East Tennessee Construction Updates

Motorists advised of widespread construction and repairs across East Tennessee.

Motorists in East Tennessee should brace for a flurry of construction activities scheduled for the week of March 14-20, 2024, according to the latest report from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Several counties, including Blount, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, Scott, Sullivan, Union, and Washington, will see various construction projects ranging from bridge repairs to roadway maintenance that are expected to impact traffic flow and potentially cause delays.

Key projects include bridge repairs over the CSX Railroad in Blount County, signal upgrades in Campbell and Carter Counties, and guardrail repairs in Knox and Roane Counties. In particular, Knox County will experience a variety of activities, including resurfacing on I-640, overhead bridge repairs on US 11/SR 9 Asheville Highway, and construction on SR 115 Alcoa Highway that may result in temporary lane closures and shifts, especially during nighttime hours.

Additionally, significant projects such as the bridge replacement over Greasy Creek in Hancock County and the widening of SR 33 in Union County will necessitate detours and extreme caution from drivers. The SR 70 project in Greene County, reducing traffic to one lane controlled by a temporary signal, and similar lane reductions on SR 360 in Monroe County for bridge repair underscore the widespread nature of the construction efforts across the region.

Motorists are advised to stay alert for workers, anticipate slowed or stopped traffic, and adhere to posted speed limits and detour routes. The comprehensive construction efforts are part of TDOT’s ongoing commitment to maintain and improve the state’s infrastructure for safer and more efficient travel.

For real-time traffic information and more detailed project descriptions, motorists can visit the Tennessee Department of Transportation SmartWay website or follow TDOT on Twitter for updates.

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