Y-12 completes Bear Creek Road bypass project.
Apr 19, 2011

A new bypass on Y?12's east-west thoroughfare, Bear Creek Road, opened to traffic Monday morning. The segment of road north of the Jack Case Center and east of Bear Creek Portal parking lot was completed by Stein Construction Co. Inc. from Chattanooga.

John Howanitz, senior vice president for Transformation and Projects, said Y?12 sought a contractor with infrastructure expertise rather than attempting the work in-house, and he credited Stein Construction with completing the project well within the desired budget and time frame.

The project concluded with no worker injuries, a fact underscored by site leaders. "That's tremendous," said Ted Sherry, manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Y?12 Site Office at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Thursday, April 14.

The bypass project allows Y?12 to complete security upgrades that respond to DOE policy changes over the past several years by moving traffic away from production facilities and behind new security fencing.

The bypass comprises approximately three quarters of a mile of two 12?ft lanes with 4?ft shoulders and turning lanes at intersections. It will run north of the existing road, and some stretches of the bypass require guardrails. New intersections for parking at Central Portal and Bear Creek Portal will be constructed.

Each work day, approximately 2,000 people drive on the stretch of road affected by the bypass construction.

B&W Y-12, a limited liability enterprise of The Babcock and Wilcox Company and Bechtel National Inc., operates the Y-12 National Security Complex for the National Nuclear Security Administration.