Not Yet Awarded
BY KEN LITTLE
Only one bid was submitted for safety improvements in the Bridge Burners Boulevard/U.S.11E project, a statse spokesman said this week.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) accepted bids on Aug. 30 for the long-anticipated safety improvement work, agency spokesman Mark Nagi said.
Summers-Taylor, Inc., put in a bid of $1.13 million for the work, Nagi said. There were no other bids for the work.
"Typically, a contract is awarded two to four weeks after the bid-letting," he said.
The safety improvements on U.S. 11E at the intersection with Bridge Burners Boulevard have been approved after two crashes at the site in recent years, one involving fatalities and the other involving injuries.
The project was scheduled by TDOT to be completed by Dec. 15.
"We will know more about a timeline after the contract is awarded and the pre-construction conference is held," Nagi said.
The work will include various safety improvements at the intersection, including grading, drainage and paving.
Improvements to the site that were already 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.
Planned additional improvements to the intersection include two flashing warning signs. Other planned work includes additional acceleration and deceleration lanes on 11E and Bridge Burners Boulevard.
The plan also includes median modifications to improve traffic flow, extension of the left-turn acceleration lane for traffic turning onto 11E from Bridge Burners Boulevard, and offsetting the left-turn lane on Bridge Burners Boulevard to enhance sight lines.
The Bridge Burners Boulevard pavement on the approach to 11E will be widened and overlaid as another component of the project.
An estimated 300 to 500 trucks daily enter and exit the nearby Walmart Regional Distribution Center via Bridge Burners Boulevard, and use the intersection.
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.