From Project Manager Todd Nash:
The Holiday season has come and gone, and our crews are working daily to make progress during the, so far, mild yet wet winter. Speaking of wet, the plateau and the project received record breaking amount of rain last year. The total amount ended up at 74.88 inches! The area historically averages around 55.09 inches which means an additional 19.79 inches above the norm. This made last year a challenge, and we can only hope that this year is closer to normal. Drier would be nice.
Grading crew concentrated on installing storm drainage structures and pipe in and around Dartmoor and are steadily moving toward Stonehenge. Rock has made the progress slower than anticipated but not unexpected. Gas line crew has been busy installing new lines across Dartmoor and at Robin Hood park. In addition, they have begun installing line from FFG Blvd to the end of the project. Working across the side roads has involved closing them and installing detours. Drivers can expect more closures with detours over the next few weeks as gas line is installed across Stonehenge and across FFG Blvd. Once the roads have been closed, crews will work diligently to install and get the roadways reopened to traffic.
Some asphalt paving was performed mid-December in order to install a traffic shift between the beginning of the project and Stone Loop #1. Installing this shift will allow concrete crews to complete the box culvert near the front of the project. Once better weather returns more asphalt paving will be performed and additional traffic shifts will be installed which will open up more storm drainage work. Crews have been attempting to install base stone in the stretch between Lakeview and Westminster as weather and ground conditions allow.
As always, we ask that drivers use caution while traveling through the project and adjust speeds according to the weather and roadway conditions. Noting speed, we have requested that TDOT allow for a lower posted speed through the project especially since we have installed a traffic shift and more are to be installed over the next few months. The lower speed should allow for safer travel through these areas and for our workers that will be performing.
With winter weather arriving earlier than normal for the plateau, the construction work has had to shift gears to performing work that is not as weather dependent. The project received 6.36” of rain during November and has received 2.16” so far in December. Adding several days of freezing temperatures and not much sun, the project is wet and not drying which does not allow for dirt work, base stone or paving operations to take place. The project has had a surplus 16.63” of rain to date over historical average. There are seasonal limitations to installing asphalt paving, and we are not allowed to excavate or install dirt when the material is frozen. Likewise, base stone is not allowed to be installed on frozen ground. These limitations and restrictions result in a reduced work force that is visible on the project.
Crews managed to bring the stretch of new alignment between Lakeview and Westminster to subgrade and they have also begun the installation of storm drainage on Dartmoor Rd. Storm drainage installation will continue moving north during the upcoming months. Gas crews have been busy with installing 6” gas across the Weigels parking lot and have jumped to the line north of Regions Bank and will continue towards Stonehenge and the end of the project throughout the winter. Both of these activities have been experiencing rock and production has been slow with having to hammer to remove rock. Backfilling curb and grading for sidewalk has been continuing and this activity should be near completion by the end of the month. Sidewalk installation is weather dependent and will begin as conditions allow. Several areas have been covered with temporary seed and straw and will be left idle during the winter.
Limitations due to winter weather are expected and we will capitalize any opportunity to perform earthwork or base stone during the next few months when weather and site conditions allow. As 2018 comes to a close we wish all a Happy Holiday season and continue to ask that drivers be mindful of the work taking place and drive safely through the project. Winter weather can quickly change the driving conditions. There will be no work scheduled for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. However, some subcontractors will have work scheduled for the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
Just as the leaves have changed, so has the look of the project. October was a pretty good month but could have been better. With cooler temps and shorter days, the job took a little longer to dry after rains. Crews were still able to make progress north of Lakeview by removing topsoil piles, hammering rock and placing borrow. This work will progress into early November and crews will begin covering the subgrade with base stone as weather allows. Backfilling of curb & gutter continued down to St. George. Topsoil was added to the slopes during the backfilling, and seed and straw were applied. Fall is ideal for growing grass and these areas are already turning green.
Electric work continued with new poles and conductor installed to the edge of the Weigel’s parking lot. Crews will continue electric work in this area by installing new overhead electric service feeds to poles in front of Lake Shore Terrace condominiums. Gas line installation completed on Westminster and the line was tested and energized. Gas will continue work with installing new 6-inch between Tuttle Lane and Dartmoor. Comcast has been transferring cable from the old poles onto the new poles starting at the Dollar Tree and proceeding north. Phone crews will begin working in the same stretch in the next few weeks.
This time of year has all of us preparing for winter and road work is no different. Work will continue but as weather fades, the work changes to activities that are not as weather dependent. However, crews will take advantage of good weather opportunities to perform dirt work and asphalt paving from now to the end of the year. Please continue to be mindful of the work taking place as you travel through the project and as always be careful with changing road conditions as we experience the fall weather.
Tomorrow morning, Saturday, November 3, crews will be replacing a crash attenuator near Firetower Rd that was hit and damaged late last night or early this morning. We regret the late notice; however, repair/replace of the crash unit is needed as soon as possible. The crew will begin work at approximately 10 a.m. and will require reducing traffic to one lane using flagmen. Periodic traffic stoppage may be necessary when removing the damaged unit and replacing with the new one.
From Project Manager Todd Nash:
With fall knocking on the door, our crews continue to make progress on the Peavine Road project. Job 1 has seen concrete curb and gutter installed down to Lakeview, and crews have been adjusting iron castings at the catch basins. New Lakeview has been graded, gas line installed and base stone placed. A new driveway to the FFG Police Department was installed off of Lakeview as well. Crews began backfilling the curb and gutter in preparation for sidewalk installation to begin. Some asphalt paving was installed with plenty more to be performed. Soon, traffic will be placed on sections of the new paving which will open up the second phase of Job 1. Stay tuned as we will place announcement on the webpage concerning this traffic swap.
Work on Job 2 progressed nicely with electric work completing down to just past Tuttle Lane. The new lines were energized, services transferred and the old lines were wrecked. Communication lines will be next to move. Electric work continues with new poles being installed near the Weigels. Gas work was completed from the Dollar Tree up to near Westminster. A new 4-inch gas line will be installed and energized on Westminster in the next couple of weeks. New water line was installed on the right side of Westminster. This line has been tested and will be tied in this week. Speaking of Westminster, the box has been completed and all of the fill has been placed over the box. Base stone has been installed with plans to place asphalt and install guardrail soon. Once this work is done, Westminster will pretty much be complete. Gas work will continue over the next few months all the way to the end of the project at Catoosa. Grade work will continue as weather allows between Lakeview and Westminster as well as storm drainage installation between Weigels and Stonehenge.
October typically brings good construction weather with very little rain. Please be aware of work occurring in several different areas of the project from beginning to end as our crews make the push to complete as much as possible before winter weather arrives on the plateau. I ask that drivers continue to watch for construction activities while driving through the project and I will ask that our construction crews keep the drivers in mind as they perform their work. The speed limit on most of the project is 45 MPH and drivers maintaining this speed is very much appreciated.
UPDATE: The work mentioned below is now complete – August 23, 2018
Per direction by TDOT, Rogers Group has begun performing spot paving to improve sections of the pavement along the Peavine Road construction project. The spot paving will not cover the entire length of the project, but is intended to repair those areas that are rutting or have been previously patched.
Rogers Group, Inc. began paving on August 17, with a plan to finish by August 18; however, inclement weather has delayed this and should be finished today (August 22) or tomorrow.
The plan will be to begin at the start of the project and proceed to the other end paving identified sections in that lane as they are reached. When the paving is completed in this lane, the train will turn and begin paving in the opposite direction. Traffic will be placed in one lane via flag persons. The one lane operation will move with the paving train as it proceeds through the project. The paving will begin on Friday at approximately 8 am and will proceed until approximately 6 pm. Saturday paving will begin at approximately 7 am and will proceed until completed. Drivers on Peavine can expect delays while the paving is taking place. Alternates for out bound trips are Westchester, Shorty Barnes or Cherry Branch to Chestnut Hill Road. For in bound trips alternate will be Chestnut Hill Road to access one of the afore mentioned roads. Message boards on the project will be programmed to advertise proposed paving and to expect traffic delays. TDOT and Rogers Group, Inc. appreciate cooperation & patience while this work is being performed.
Since the last update, our work crews have made impressive headway on the project. Grading crews have continued to put the new roadway areas on subgrade while laying some storm drainage pipe in few locations. Subgrade has been achieved down to St. George Road and will continue towards Lakeview and beyond in the coming month. Roadway stone has also continued to be placed and to date we have installed approximately 50,000 tons. This operation will also continue as subgrade is made available. The signal crew has stood poles at Towne Center and have hung new signal heads. As the last phone services came off of the old poles and the poles started to come down, I felt like throwing a party! Now that the old poles have come down the project 1 picture has cleared up and an unobstructed view of the new road can be seen.
On project 2, electric crews have continued to set new poles and have installed new conductor up to near the Custard Cabin. This work will continue with energizing the new lines and transferring services. Gas work has progressed up to the Shell Station and the new line on Lakeview has been installed. Traffic was shifted onto phase I of the box culvert on Westminster. The concrete crew made tremendous progress and will have phase 2 of the box complete mid-week next week. Once cured, fill material will begin being placed on the box to bring up to subgrade. There will be approximately 20’ of fill placed over the box to bring new Westminster to subgrade. Our water crew has completed with all of the new planned water main on the entire project. They will be working on transferring services for the next couple of weeks. Signal crew is almost drilled to completion on the last footer at Stonehenge and will be placing concrete in the foundation. Signal poles will be stood at this intersection when the last footer is cured. Road fill material continues to be placed in the fill between Tuttle and the Weigel’s.
In addition to the continuation of the work stated above, the very near future will bring paving and curb & gutter installation. Paving will be performed at the beginning of the project to allow shifting traffic onto the new grade. With this shift, the second half of the box culvert construction can begin. Curb &Gutter is scheduled to begin early next week near Stone Loop Road. This time of year is very busy on the project and there are a lot of moving parts to contend with. On any given day there are approximately 60 persons working on the project. Our crews have been performing very well and have made great strides. I would like to thank the FFG residents and all that travel Peavine Road through the project on a daily basis for being mindful of our workers, trucks and equipment. Your continued cooperation by slowing down and being observant is very much appreciated.