The Tennessee Department of Transportation is asking motorists to use caution on CVR, which will be down to one lane in sections as work progresses from the Sullivan County line west to the Highway 11-W intersection near Rogersville.
CVR was most recently paved in 2013.
The section of CVR east of the Tiny-Giant Market in Church Hill was paved using the new MARS (Mobile Asphalt Recycling System), and that's the section that drew complaints.
During a Mount Carmel Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last year former alderman Garrett White described the section of CVR between Tiny Giant and the county line as “one continuous pothole”.
County Commissioner Danny Alvis told the Times News last year that several of his constituents had complained about the road as well, and some had reported that potholes caused damage to their vehicles.
TDOT subsequently completed patchwork on the worst spots because it wasn't able to get the repaving project in the budget until 2019.
MARS uses a machine to scrape off the top layer of asphalt, grind it and mixes it with a liquid asphalt material, and then re-applies that same asphalt as it inches slowly along the highway.
TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi told the Times News Thursday that the new CVR paving project won't utilize MARS, although he didn't blame MARS for subsequent problems with the road.
“The work done by the MARS system, which was done from Miller Wood Road to the Sullivan County Line, is still performing well, but the microsurface overlay placed on top of the recycled material did not perform as anticipated,” Nagi said. “We are currently removing the microsurfacing and replacing it with a thin asphalt overlay. The cost of this project is $1.2 million, and this project is resurfacing the entire length of the route from US 11-W to the Sullivan County Line.”
Nagi noted that this work will take place between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., on Monday through Friday over the next few weeks, depending on the weather.
Motorists are advised to use extreme caution in this area as workers will be present, Nagi added.