I-40/Papermill Interchange

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Location: Knoxville, TN
Client: Tennessee Department of Transportation

To increase mobility and safety on the busy urban segment of I-40 at Papermill Road in Knoxville, TN,  the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) undertook a major widening and improvement project and selected Volkert to provide construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services. This project was the largest single construction project in dollars that TDOT had ever let to contract.

This project included widening and improvements to 3.6 miles of I-40 in Knoxville, Tennessee from six to eight lanes, including grading, drainage, construction of ten bridges, sixteen retaining walls, three noise walls, utility relocation, and asphalt concrete paving. Volkert provided inspection of utility relocations, erosion, and sediment controls for the project which includes two sensitive “Waters of the State” areas. A major challenge was maintenance of traffic controls for the highest daily traffic volume in the state (166,880 ADT), including traffic flows for the 100,000 fans attending University of Tennessee football games.

Additional services included:

  • erosion control permit compliance
  • project administration
  • documentation of contractor’s progress
  • materials used and certifications verified
  • preparation of progress payment estimates
  • DBE compliance
  • inspection of work performed by contractor
  • coordination of utility relocations
  • monitoring progress to ensure timely completion

Scope of Work: Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI), Erosion and Sediment Controls, Project Administration, Permit Compliance, Contract Compliance, Utility Coordination, Materials Testing