Q: What difficulties will be experienced while this is under construction?
During the construction, two lanes will be maintained in each direction during the daylight hours. Lane restrictions, with few exceptions, will occur only at night to minimize inconvenience to the public. As part of the construction, various ramps will be closed, either temporarily or permanently. All ramp access will remain open until construction requires closure.
Q: How many vehicles travel this stretch of roadway?
An average number of 73,000 vehicles per day use this portion of US 27.
Q: Why is this project so costly, and how does it compare to other TDOT projects in our region?
The project is so costly because of the great number of retaining walls and bridges necessary to construct this complex project. It is the most expensive TDOT project ever let in the 24-county Region Two area to date.
Q: How is the project funded?
This project is funded with National Highway funds, which are 80% federal dollars and 20% state dollars. Because of the project’s cost, this project was partially funded for construction in the FY 2010/2011 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and funding was completed in the FY 2011/2012 STIP.
Q: Is there anything else that makes the project unusual?
From 1988 to 1998, the Federal Highway Administration’s policy required the use of metric units in the Federal-aid highway program. This particular project was developed when the Department was under the metric unit mandate. Consequently, the project construction plans from which the contractor is constructing this project are in metric.