Progress continues on sidewalks and Highway 111 ramp

By | November 6, 2017 6:18 am

The sidewalk project in Sparta has provided motorists with some interesting maneuvers as they travel Bockman Way, while at the same time the on-ramp and off-ramp projects are also somewhat challenging during heavy traffic. (Photos by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The Bockman Way sidewalk project and Highway 111 ramp work in Sparta continues to make progress and is staying on schedule, according to City of Sparta Public Works Director Dillard Quick and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

As construction crews with Rogers Group continue to work on the sidewalk project, Quick stated the city is utilizing the construction process to made improvements and upgrades to the city’s storm drainage, water, and sewer systems.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation-Local Programs has helped the City of Sparta to secure the necessary funding for this project. The Bockman Way project is providing a wide array of improvements to a 2,212-foot section, on Bockman Way, from Churchill Drive to Mayberry Street. These improvements include creating sidewalks on both sides of Bockman Way, crosswalks at three intersections, improvements to existing sidewalks to meet Americans with Disability Acts standards, pedestrian scale lighting, and a grass strip to separate sidewalks from travel lanes.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is responsible for the concrete repair project on the Highway 111 ramps. Vulcan Materials is the contractor for this portion of the project, which includes repairing the concrete ramps on all four Highway 111 on-ramps and off-ramps for Bockman Way. Vulcan has been removing damaged concrete slabs and re-pouring concrete.

According TDOT, during the construction, Vulcan will be closing off half of each ramp, then, once the first half is completed and the concrete has set, they will switch to the second half and complete those repairs. Each ramp will remain open while being worked on but will have narrowed lanes.

Estimated completion date for this portion of the ramp project is next week. The Bockman Way sidewalk project should be completed by January 2018.

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