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Clearing work along I-26 standard for resurfacing projects

Becky Campbell • Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 10:56 PM

A nearly $7 million resurfacing project on Interstate 26 through Johnson City is well underway and is expected to continue through the summer, a Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman said Wednesday.

“The clearing work they are doing is part of the ongoing resurfacing project on I-26, between the Boones Creek exit and the University Parkway exit,” Mark Nagi said. He said Summers-Taylor Inc. got the contract in March for the $6,961,645.55 project. 

“The resurfacing work is being done at night, but the clearing is being done during the day. This is because clearing work can be done from the shoulder of the roadway and does not require a lane closure. It also improves safety for the contractor to cut down trees during the day,” Nagi said.

All of the clearing work is on state right of way, and Nagi said the clearing limits on interstates are generally 30 feet from the edge of pavement on both sides.

“The clearing work on this project should be completed within the next few weeks,” he said. “They began working May 31st. Clearing is a standard activity on all resurfacing projects, whether they are a state route or interstate resurfacing. The main purpose is to make sure trees or other vegetation isn’t overhanging or in the way of the paving equipment or other activities associated with resurfacing projects, such as installation of signs.”

Nagi said the work is slated for completion by Sept. 30.

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