Rogers Group, Inc. will be removing the abandoned railroad tracks that cross Emory Valley Road and Briarcliff Avenue on Thursday, June 26. Project should be completed on Friday, June 27.

To allow construction on this project to be safe for both workers and motorists, it is necessary that Emory Valley Road be closed between Briarcliff Avenue and Fairbanks Road.  The road closure will require traffic to be detoured and the detour routes will be clearly marked.  The closures will affect only one direction of traffic at a time.  Message boards will be located on Lafayette Drive to remind motorists of the closure so an alternate route can be taken.  All residential and business properties will have access during this closure; however, streets will be posted for no through traffic.

Motorists are requested to avoid the area and are reminded that delays should be expected as detoured traffic will increase the normal traffic volume on the streets used for the detour.  Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes of travel and to allow sufficient time to reach your destination.  The City appreciates the public’s patience with this new traffic control measure. Inclement weather could cause the scheduled work to be extended or delayed.

Questions or comments can be directed to the City of Oak Ridge, Public Works Department at (865) 425-1875.

Media contact: Candice Brogan at or (865) 425-3546.