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70S Paving project underway
Motorists are being urged to use caution over the next couple of months as a crew works to resurface a four-mile section of Highway 70S through McMinnville.

A resurfacing project has begun on Highway 70S in McMinnville. It will take two months and will result in lane closures at night.
“The project just got started,” said TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn. “The project will resurface U.S. 70S from State Route 55 to west of the bridge over the Collins River in McMinnville.”
The project is slightly over four miles long and will require removal, or milling, of the old surface using a milling machine to prepare the surface for asphalt. Once the existing street has been prepped, application of new paving surface by paving machines can be done. Until that time, there will be uneven lanes and motorists are urged to use caution.
Contractor for the $1.7 million project is Tinsley Ashpalt of Estill Springs.
Efforts will be made to reduce the impact on motorists by only allowing lane closures at night and only Sunday through Thursday.
“During the project, lane closures will only be allowed between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Sunday night through Thursday night,” said Flynn. “No lane closures will be allowed during special events, holidays or holiday weekends in accordance with the plans and specifications. One lane of traffic shall be maintained in each direction at all times.”
Motorists are encouraged to use caution and obey reduced speed limits in all TDOT works zones, regardless of lane closure activity.
The completion date for the project is on or before June 15.