BY KEN LITTLE
The Bridge Burners Boulevard/U.S. 11E safety improvement project is on hold again, this time until 2014.
The work will be delayed so new bids can be submitted and evaluated, a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) spokesman said Tuesday.
Only one bid was submitted on Aug. 30 for the project. That bid was not accepted for TDOT-related reasons, and the department won't review bids again until Feb. 14, 2014, Mark Nagi said.
"The project will get under way after the contract is awarded. With this change, that will not happen until late winter or early spring 2014," he said.
Summers Taylor, Inc., put in a bid of $1.13 million for the work on Aug. 30, Nagi said.
"The bid was rejected because the project needs additional assistance from TDOT's Design Division," Nagi said.
Nagi said the bid was not accepted because of additional components of the work, which include "extension traffic control and construction activities."
"For that reason, the Construction Division has requested that our Design Division review the plans and make appropriate adjustments, which will include traffic control plans and construction traffic phasing."
The safety improvements on U.S. 11E at the intersection with Bridge Burners Boulevard have been approved after two wrecks at the location in recent years involving fatalities.
The project had been scheduled by TDOT to be completed by Dec. 15.
Various safety improvements are planned at the intersection, including grading, drainage and paving.
Improvements to the site completed in 2012 include the installation of eight advance truck-warning signs and reflective striping. Four of the signs face in each direction on U.S. 11E.
The planned intersection improvements include two flashing warning signs.
Other work includes additional acceleration and deceleration lanes on 11E and Bridge Burners Boulevard.
TRAFFIC FLOW WORK
The Bridge Burners Boulevard pavement on the approach to 11E will be widened and overlaid as another part of the project.
Both of the fatal crashes at the intersection "happened during adverse weather conditions. One was during rainy and wet conditions and one during foggy conditions," a 2012 TDOT road safety audit said.
An estimated 300 to 500 trucks daily enter and exit the nearby Walmart Regional Distribution Center via Bridge Burners Boulevard, and go through the intersection.