A short section of Manhattan Avenue will be rebuilt, and that section of the street could be closed for about three weeks.
The work is scheduled to start Monday, June 6, on Manhattan Avenue between South Purdue and Northwestern avenues.
Manhattan Avenue will be closed there to through traffic, and alternate routes could be in place for about three weeks, a press release said. Only residents will be allowed access to the roadway and their driveways.
“A road reconstruction is a major project for the City of Oak Ridge, as usually we only mill and resurface streets,” the press release said. “Due to the subsurface failure of this portion of Manhattan Avenue, reconstruction of the roadway is necessary.”
This project is being funded primarily by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and the work will be managed by TDOT. Rogers Group Inc. is the contractor for the project.
Oak Ridge officials said the current schedule could be changed and/or interrupted due to weather conditions.
“Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this project,” the press release said. “Once the work is completed, this portion of Manhattan Avenue will be a smooth driving surface.”
Manhattan Avenue is a busy road that runs through the Woodland neighborhood and past Woodland Elementary School, and it connects the area around the Oak Ridge City Center and South Rutgers and South Illinois avenues to the area around Emory Valley Road and Lafayette Drive.
The section between South Purdue and Northwestern avenues is pockmarked with some potholes and pavement patches, and drivers can sometimes be seen swerving to avoid the bumps and potholes.
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