Erin McCullough and
Work officially began Monday on a resurfacing project for a large section of the city’s main thoroughfare, according to Tullahoma Public Works Director Wayne Limbaugh.
The project, which includes resurfacing operations, roadway repairs and related work, will affect North and South Jackson streets from Carroll to North Washington streets.
The resurfacing is a completely state-funded project, said Limbaugh, so city funds are not being used for the project.
“There’s no city money involved in this,” said Limbaugh. “It’s a state project. It’s state money.”
According to Limbaugh, the paving crews involved belong to Rogers Group, which won the bid for the project contract.
According to a press release regarding the project, the disruption to drivers should be minimal, as construction work will only take place at night during off-peak hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Keeping construction limited to these 10 hours will also help keep crews and personnel safe and able to make the needed improvements to this regionally important roadway.
Crews first began by correcting sidewalk entrances to be ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant, which took “a couple weeks,” according to Limbaugh.
“They had to do all the sidewalk work to get it up to ADA standards. They did that first,” he said.
The project is expected to take a little less than a month, according to Limbaugh.
“They’re supposed to finish the milling part of it by next Thursday,” Limbaugh said.
Milling is the removal of the surface layer of asphalt with a milling machine, which prepares the road for a new layer of pavement.
The milling of the road is entirely weather-dependent, however, and Limbaugh said that if weather keeps the crew from completing the milling by Thursday, April 27, then the next possible finish day would be Sunday, April 30, since crews are “not allowed to work on Friday and Saturday,” per their contract.
Once the milling portion of the project is complete, said Limbaugh, the crews will need “about nine days to complete the paving.”
That puts the estimated project completion date in the second week of May, at around May 10, give or take a couple of days.
While the resurfacing is going on, drivers are reminded to use caution while driving on Jackson Street.
Total cost of the project is about $1 million, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Erin McCullough may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.