The Tennessee Department of Transportation will be replacing the Fairground Lane bridge at the entrance to Johnson County Middle and High Schools beginning Thursday, November 13th. According to Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons the original start date of November 8th was delayed due to the JCHS football team hosting playoff games.
Traffic will not be able to enter at the front entrance due to the construction. The new entrance during bridge construction will be at Fairview Avenue (at the track) and continuing up the hill from there. Traffic will exit by the vocational school and proceed down East Hillcrest Drive.
JCMS car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 3 p.m. with pickups in front of the high school. Parents will not be permitted to drive around the building in the afternoon due to bus pickups. JCHS walkers will also dismiss at 3 p.m. Student car drivers will dismiss at 3:10 p.m. Bus riders will dismiss at their normal time.
Mayor Parsons advises parents, teachers and students that the new traffic pattern will cause delays until everyone is accustomed to the temporary route. He suggests those using that route to allow extra time before and after school. “Our city officers will be assisting traffic around the detour area as well as enforcing both direction of travel and vehicle speed for the duration of the project,” said Parsons.
Traffic flow should go back to normal in the spring of 2018.