9 A.M. To 3 P.M.
And After 6 P.M.
BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
Prepare for lunchtime snarls along the Asheville Highway (Tennessee Rt. 70) in the coming days as the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will be repaving and carrying out minor safety improvements.
Work began this morning. Completion is scheduled by Nov. 30.
The repaving will cover 5.1 miles, from the highway's intersection with West Main Street south to the intersection with Allens Bridge Road, according to Randy Busler, TDOT district operations manager.
Signs posted at each end of the work zone caution motorists about the project and about temporary reductions of the speed limits by 10 miles per hour.
The speed limit near the West Main intersection is now 30 miles per hour, while the speed limit past the businesses increases only to 45 miles per hour.
Summers Taylor Inc. is the contractor for the project.
TDOT had scheduled work to begin on Monday, but the rainy, cool weather delayed the work, Busler said.
Repaving will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and after 6 p.m., on weekdays. No work on the project is scheduled for the weekends.
Extra caution will be concentrated around the intersection with Vann Road because of its proximity to Hal Henard Elementary and Greeneville Middle schools, the TDOT official said.
"We're going to try to avoid any conflict with school start or the end of school," Busler said.
"Just be patient with us and allow some extra driving time. We're going to try to keep our work confined to off-peak hours," Busler added.
The work will also be confined to these "off-peak" hours to avoid the heaviest traffic as motorists travel to and from work, he added.
In addition to the repaving, safety improvements will include changes to striping and guardrail upgrades.