Construction News from the Southeast

Steve Hudson | September 28, 2010

SmartFIX 40 Project Continues
Knoxville, Tenn. – The ambitious SmartFIX 40 project continues to move ahead, with the reconstruction of James White Parkway now underway. Traffic between I-40 and downtown Knoxville is currently detoured to Hall of Fame Drive while James White Parkway is rebuilt. The project has a no-excuse end date of Sept. 30, 2007, and the contractor is currently on schedule. This work is in preparation for the major closure of I-40 in May 2008. I-40 will be closed completely through downtown Knoxville for 14 months and traffic will be rerouted onto I-640 and I-275.

In preparation for the closure of I-40 through downtown Knoxville in 2008, an additional lane is being added on I-640 between Clinton Highway and the railroad overpass. On I-275, the outdated cloverleaf interchanges are being replaced with diamond style interchanges to improve safety and efficiency on I-275. The closure will be complete by June 30, 2009.

Georgia DOT and Georgia RTA host Public Meetings
Atlanta, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), in conjunction with Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, is hosting a second round of public information open houses for its "revive285" Interstate 285 top-end project. The revive285 top end project will develop a comprehensive long-range transportation solution for the entire northern I-285 corridor between I-75 and I-85. It will also complete the environmental analysis required for this solution to advance to final design and construction.

These meetings will provide an overview of the project’s scope, purpose, projected timeframes and next steps. The public also will be asked to provide input to help shape potential strategies to improve travel conditions. The revive285 top end project maintains a detailed website at

Tennessee to Place Watershed Signs
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) are partnering on a project to place watershed signs along roadways across the state. The purpose of the signs is to "increase public awareness regarding the importance of watersheds, and to encourage good stewardship of the state’s valuable rivers, streams, wetlands, lakes, and ground water."

"Local ownership of watersheds by citizens is essential to our efforts to protect waters of the state, which are held in trust for the people of Tennessee," said TDEC Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan. "We are extremely pleased to partner with TDOT on this project."

The watershed signing program will place 187 signs along Tennessee interstates and state routes. The signs will be located at entry points to the 55 watersheds throughout the state. Each watershed may have between two and 10 signs based on the geographic location and how many major highways enter the watershed. TDOT’s plan is to have the majority of the watershed signs installed by the end of 2007.