Most people traveling south toward the UT campus are acutely aware of construction that began on Secor Road earlier this month.
Secor Road, a highly traveled route to campus from the north, has been reduced to one-lane traffic both north- and southbound between the I-475 interchange and Central Avenue.
According to Steve Hamilton, Secor Road project liaison, these lane restrictions will continue through the project’s targeted completion date of Nov. 1.
“Reconstruction of this extent is invariably going to cause some delays,” Hamilton said. “We’re encouraging people who normally use Secor Road to regularly conduct business there to continue to do so. Their expectations should be that it might take a little longer than usual to get to their destinations, especially during peak hours, but the delays aren’t unreasonable.”
In other words, exercise patience and plan for delays during high-traffic periods.
The $5.4 million project includes reconstruction of water lines and rebuilding of traffic lanes, evidenced by the massive craters currently lining the east side of Secor Road. This first phase of the project is expected to last through June 1. After the east side is completed, crews will embark on the same reconstruction on the west side.
“The road was deteriorating and would’ve continued to get worse,” Hamilton said. “It wasn’t a question of filling potholes. The entire structure needed reconstruction due to general deterioration.”
He noted that businesses on Secor Road will continue to be accessible even as future reconstruction closes portions of Central Avenue and the I-475 interchange ramps at Secor Road. “Our goal is to have that portion of the project completed before UT students return for fall semester in mid-August.”
“Commuters might want to explore alternate routes,” Hamilton said. He recommends Douglas Road east of Secor Road and Talmadge and Corey roads to the west.
The final phase of the project will include reconstruction of Secor Road between the I-475 interchange ramps and Monroe Street, which will begin in late summer or early fall.