Road work to begin Monday on Highway 60 in Ocoee River gorge

By BRIAN GRAVES

Posted 1/28/18

Anyone traveling near the Copper Basin area may want to plan on extra time or alternate routes as a portion of U.S. 64 has some maintenance work done.

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Road work to begin Monday on Highway 60 in Ocoee River gorge

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Anyone traveling near the Copper Basin area may want to plan on extra time or alternate routes as a portion of U.S. 64 has some maintenance work done.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has announced work on the highway will begin on Monday, Jan. 29, as crews will be removing and replacing 15 deteriorating cross drains between log miles 13 and 17.

“This work will take place between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and will require intermittent lane closures as the work progresses,” the agency said.

The work is being performed ahead of a resurfacing project on U.S. 64 that is scheduled to begin this spring.

“This four-mile section of U.S. 64 is in the Ocoee River Gorge and the work will affect traffic coming to and from the Copper Basin area,” according to TDOT. “Log mile 13 is located adjacent to the commercial take out at Caney Creek and log mile 17 is a half-mile west of the Ocoee 2 Dam/Rogers Branch River Access.”

TDOT said after the cross drains have been replaced, the riding surface will be rougher than before. Crews will monitor and mitigate these areas until the resurfacing project begins this spring.

The estimated project completion date is March 30.

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