The City of Oak Ridge will temporarily close Lafayette Drive to northbound traffic at Emory Valley Road from approximately 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Traffic will be detoured onto Emory Valley Road.
The closure is necessary to begin repairs on the traffic signal at that intersection, a press release said. The metal upright and mast arm that supports signal heads for northbound Lafayette Drive traffic was damaged during a car crash on January 13.
The repair will require the removal, inspection, and replacement of the metal upright and mast arm, the press release said. The complete repair will take between six and 18 weeks, depending on the degree of damage to the structural foundation of the pole.
A temporary signal will be placed in service while repairs are made and traffic should flow normally until all work is complete and the permanent structures are placed back in service, the press release said.
“Patience and cooperation is appreciated as we make this repair,” the press release said.
If you have any questions about the repair or the temporary road closure, contact the Oak Ridge Electric Department at (865) 425-1803.