It's been nearly two years since construction began on Highway 27. During that time, drivers have dealt with lanes shifting, roads closing, ramps moving, and traffic patterns changing. It's enough to frustrate any driver, but the Tennessee Department of Transportation says it's not over yet.
The $105M Highway 27 project continues to take shape, but not without chipping away at the patience of drivers. "It's ridiculous. It completely changes your drive time first thing in the morning. You never know what you're going to run into," said John Ross Lusk.
"The traffic is backed up. There's a lot of road rage there but you just go with the flow of traffic," said Martha Wold.
An original completion date of October 2014 was pushed back to December 2014 and then February 2015 when three additional retaining walls were added to support recent development.
"When the project was originally designed some of those apartments and condos weren't there," said Jennifer Flynn of TDOT. Flynn says she is confident in the new completion date. In fact the project is 10 percent ahead of schedule. All the retaining walls on the southbound side of traffic are complete. Crews are working on the northbound lanes now.
"Throughout the project as it takes shape and we add new ramps and change the traffic pattern there will be some night time closures," said Flynn.
Flynn says crews are trying to keep disruptions to a minimum. Still, the constant change in traffic patterns is enough to make some drivers find alternate routes.
Drivers can expect night time closures next week on Highway 27 from Dayton Boulevard to the Olgiati Bridge to allow contractors to tear down the old bridge over Manning Street. The next phase will include building a new Signal Mountain ramp.