Many Cleveland residents have concerns about the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Highway 60 project. City staff are working closely with TDOT to ensure our community is informed about the status of the project. The new road will consist of two lanes in both directions and a turning lane when needed throughout the corridor. Sidewalks are also included as a part of this project.
TDOT is currently preparing construction plans for contractors to use when they submit their bids to build the new road. In addition, TDOT is going through a construction letting where two extra elements are added to the construction plans in preparation for this project. Contractors were invited to review the proposed construction plans and discuss the potential challenges they foresee in building the new road.
TDOT has also hired a firm to create a 3D model of the new road which includes new utilities to help address potential issues before construction begins. This 3D model can be used to identify locations where there may be conflicts, i.e. two utilities wanting to locate their facilities in the same place or where new utility lines will interfere with roadway construction.
These two additional elements will help TDOT deliver a project that should move smoothly though the construction process with a minimum amount of inconvenience to the people of Cleveland and the surrounding areas traveling though the construction area.
TDOT is currently more than halfway through purchasing the property needed to build the new road. TDOT must acquire all the right-of-way necessary for the new road before construction can begin. Based on TDOT’s current schedule, calls for TDOT to open bids will occur during the Fall of 2019.
The state is aware of the three schools in the area, and have taken them into consideration during the planning phase of the project. A traffic study was conducted earlier this year along the corridor. The results indicated a need for a double-left turn lane into Cleveland Middle School and a right-turn lane in the opposite direction. At Hopewell Elementary School, sidewalks will be up SR-306, to the school’s property.