Drainage issues addressed by TDOT and Jones Bros. Construction
By Bobby Lee McCulley | April 12, 2018 7:29 am
Tennessee Department of Transportation officials, along with Jones Bros. Construction members, were forced to dig up a portion of the newly completed widening and resurfacing project on Highway 111.
On April 9, 2018, motorists traveling along Highway 111, in Van Buren County, saw a once familiar sight of lane closures and orange safety barrels, as construction crews were on site to address drainage issues that have occurred in certain areas of the recently widened lanes of Highway 111.
According to Jennifer Flynn, Tennessee Department of Transportation community relations officer, “There was more water on the project than the planners anticipated, causing a drainage problem. Therefore, we had the contractor install an additional drainage structure and pipe on the project to take care of it. We (TDOT) will repave the area once the asphalt plants open, and we can get hot mix asphalt. That will likely occur at the end of the month.”
In early 2013, the Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioned a multi-lane expansion project for portions of Highway 111, in Van Buren County, and construction started in December 2013. The original projected completion date for this project was scheduled for Nov. 30, 2015.
After missing the original completion date, a new date was scheduled for August 2017. However, the contractors were unable to keep that project completion date as well. Therefore, TDOT moved the completion date to the end of October 2017.
A noticeable change finally showed that there was a light at the end of tunnel, as all four lanes of traffic in the Highway 111 widening project construction zone were officially reopened in November 2017. The ever-continuing extended deadline for the Highway 111 widening project had finally been met, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation began conducting its final project inspections.
Flynn stated that TDOT project engineers have conducted their final inspections for this project. Several issues have been found during these final inspections and were placed on a punch list and given to Jones Bros Construction. One of those items was excessive runoff –drainage issues discovered in portions of the newly widened and paved Highway 111.
All lanes four of traffic are officially reopened, except for periodic lane closures to complete final punch list items, and the permanent speed limits have been reset for the new stretch of roadway. The majority of safety barrels have been removed, and the remainder of barrels and construction will be removed in the near future.
This TDOT project has widened nearly three miles of Highway 111, from south of Manus Road to south of State Route 285 near Double Bridges Road, in Spencer. The newly constructed roadway has officially expanded this section of Highway 111 to five lanes, dedicating two lanes for each direction of travel and a proportional turn lane in the center.
The Highway 111 widening project has cost approximately $24 million, according to TDOT project officials. The project has been under the management of Jones Bros. Inc., which is located in Mt. Juliet.