Chattanooga: Paving to start Monday on U.S. Highway 127 up Signal Mountain

Chattanooga: Paving to start Monday on U.S. Highway 127 up Signal Mountain

June 9th, 2011 by Dan Whisenhunt in Local - Breaking News

Sitting unmanned on Hwy 127.

Photo by Jake Daniels/Times Free Press.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to pave roughly five miles of U.S. Highway 127 from the base of Signal Mountain to the top.

TDOT regional spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said the project calls for repaving between Miles Road atop the mountain and Glendale Drive at the bottom. The cost is $927,090, of which 90 percent is federal money. Work is to start Monday and be complete by Aug. 1, Flynn said.

About 7,300 vehicles a day travel the roadway, Flynn said.

It's been 15 years since the mountain road has been resurfaced. TDOT considers the road to be "in good shape and structurally sound," she said.

Flynn said paving work will be done between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. The contractor, Talley Construction Co., will have one lane closed to begin milling and paving the road. Where possible, one lane of traffic will be open in each direction, she said, but portions of the project will require the road to be reduced to a single lane.

"Traffic delays are expected," she wrote, adding there are several alternate routes to avoid construction. Motorists can use the W Road or Roberts Mill Road.

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.