IRONMAN Chattanooga 2022 Traffic Impact

September 19, 2022 – Chattanooga, TN — Chattanooga Division of Transportation welcomes IRONMAN this upcoming weekend.  We recommend that spectators and visitors park in the lots and garages surrounding downtown and utilize the Free Electric Shuttle and Bike Chattanooga bike share system. Bike Chattanooga Ambassadors will be at bike share stations to assist folks renting a bike.

Public activities start Saturday morning with the IRONKID’s race at 9 am on Riverfront Parkway.  The IRONMAN Expo area will be open on the Chattanooga Green on Thursday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Friday from 10:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

The Tennessee River will be closed to pleasure crafts between Ross’s Landing and the Chickamauga Dam from 5:00 AM until 10:30 AM on Sunday, September 25th.  This includes the Rivermont Park and Tennessee Riverpark boat ramps.

IRONMAN starts early Sunday morning, September 25th, with the swim portion at 7:30 AM and athletes will be transitioning to the bike race from about 8:10 AM until 1:00 PM.  Traffic will be stopped from crossing the cyclists’ lane when they are present between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Riverfront Parkway, West 20th Street, Broad Street, Market Street, and Alton Park Boulevard.  Runners will be on the Riverwalk, Amnicola Highway, the Veterans Bridge, Barton Avenue, Hixson Pike, and Riverview Road between 12:25 PM and 12:40 AM.

Spectators are encouraged to make the most of this unprecedented opportunity for Chattanooga.  Links to the Ironman Spectator Guide, Travel Tips, and maps of the routes be found on the 2022 IRONMAN Chattanooga website<https://www.ironman.com/im-chattanooga>.

Closure details:
Riverside Drive/Riverfront Parkway between Aquarium Way and Molly Street, Chestnut Street between Aquarium Way and Riverfront Parkway, Power Alley from the parking lot to Riverfront Parkway, and the southbound Veterans Bridge ramp to Riverside Drive will be closed from 9:00 AM on Wednesday, September 21 until 8:00 PM on Monday, September 26 for the IRONMAN setup, race, and take-down.

The right eastbound lane of Riverfront Parkway between Molly Lane and Market Street, the right southbound lane of Market Street between West 20th Street and West 40th Street (the I-24 on-ramp and off-ramp at Market Street will be closed), West 40th Street between Alton Park Blvd and Tennessee Avenue, and all streets crossing this route will be controlled by CPD officers.   The intersections of St Elmo Avenue and Virginia Avenue at West 45th Street will be 4-way stops from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Sunday, September 25, 2022, for the IRONMAN bike portion.  Cyclists will also be on Tennessee Avenue and St Elmo Avenue to the state line, riding with traffic.

The right eastbound lane of Frazier Avenue between Forest Avenue and the Veterans Bridge, the right northbound lane of Barton Avenue between Frazier Avenue and Baker Street, the right northbound lane of the Veterans Bridge between East 3rd Street and Barton Avenue, the right westbound lane of Amnicola Highway between Old Curtain Pole Road and Lindsay Street, Riverside Drive between Lindsay Street and Molly Lane, the Battery Place off-ramp from Riverside Drive, Aquarium Way between Riverside Drive and Walnut Street will be closed and all streets crossing this route will be controlled by CPD officers to give right-of-way to the runners from 12:25 PM on Sunday, September 25 until 1:00 am on Monday, September 26 for the IRONMAN run portion.

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Reports of Wires/Trees Down, Hazards or Flooding

The following locations may be closed or have limited access while emergency crews clear the right-of-way:

  • 1970 Cummings Highway (wires down)
  • Cummings Highway at Browns Ferry Road (hazard)
  • 600 Market Street (hazard)
  • 900 Market Street (hazard)
  • Market Street at W Aquarium Way (hazard)
  • HWY 153 at Dupont Parkway (hazard)
  • 519 Cherokee Blvd (wires down)
  • 700 E 11th Street (hazard)
  • W 6th Street at Chestnut Street (hazard)
  • 3500 Broad Street (hazard)
  • 550 Houston Street (flooding)
  • N Orchard Knob Ave at Jackson Street (wires down)
  • 7500 Middle Valley Road (Hamilton County-wires down)
  • More areas may be affected not listed here as severe weather moves through
  • Obey any instructions from law enforcement, flaggers, or traffic control devices in these areas. 

Please report flooded locations or trees down by dialing our 311 Service Center 8 AM-5 PM Mon-Fri at 423-643-6311; Or if after hours/weekends, the Chattanooga Police Department Non-Emergency Number at 423-698-2525

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Wilcox Tunnel Closed

Wilcox Tunnel will be closed immediately beginning Thursday, June 30, 2022 for emergency repairs.  

  • City Street Maintenance Crews are on site.
  • Detours will be posted.
  • All motorists are asked to avoid traveling near this area as to provide leeway for repair services. 
  • These closures may remain in place for an extended period of time until the repairs are completed.
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Interstate Construction Halted for Easter Holiday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work on Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel.

TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 18 at 6:00 a.m. This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend.

Motorists will still encounter some long-term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place. While lane closure activity will be stopped, some workers may be on-site in construction zones, and reduced speed limits will still be in effect. Motorists are urged to adhere to all posted speed limits, especially in work zones, for their safety. Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.

Do your part to keep yourself and TDOT road workers safe – set your GPS in advance and Know BEFORE You Go, secure your phone in a Hands-Free device, and Work With Us by moving over and slowing down when you see vehicles with flashing lights.  

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Upcoming Special Event Road Closures 3.16.2022

Rock The Riverfront / Impulse Lighted See-Saws

Riverfront Parkway between Chestnut Street and Power Alley will be closed Saturday, March 19th from 8:00 AM until Noon for Rock The Riverfront / Impulse Lighted See-Saws.  Detours will be posted. 

St Paddy’s Day Party On The Parkway

Patten Parkway between Georgia Ave and Lindsay Street will be closed Saturday, March 19th from 8:00 AM until Sunday, March 20th at 3:00 AM for the 7th Annual St Paddy’s Day Party On The Parkway.

Chattanooga Area Food Bank Commodities Distribution

Curtain Pole Road will be converted to one-way traffic on Saturday, March 29th from 6:00 AM until 11:00 AM for the Chattanooga Food Bank Commodities Distribution. Please observe all directional signage during this temporary conversion. 

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Reports of Flooding or Wires/Trees Down

The following locations are closed or have limited access:

  • 7600 Davidson Road (flood gates are down)
  • 711 E Main Street
  • 8000 Shallowford Road
  • 4600 Bonny Oaks
  • Boy Scout Road at Sandswitch Road
  • 3300 Jersey Pike
  • Gadd Road at Lynnhaven
  • 800 Mountain Creek Road
  • E 23rd Street at Hickory Street
  • Davis Lane at Paw Trail 
  • 107 Culver Street

Please obey any instructions from law enforcement, flaggers, or traffic control devices in these areas.
Please report flooded locations or trees down by dialing our 311 Service Center 8 AM-5 PM Mon-Fri at 423-643-6311; Or if after hours/weekends, the Chattanooga Police Department Non-Emergency Number at 423-698-2525
Remember: Never attempt to cross flooded roads.

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Upcoming Construction Road Closures 2/15/2022

800 Block of S Hawthorne St

800 Block of S Hawthorne St between Vance Ave and Kirby Ave will be closed on Thursday February, 17th for construction. Detours will be posted.

Ochs Highway between Fleetwood Dr and Ochs Highway

Ochs Highway between Fleetwood Dr and Ochs Highway will be closed on Thursday February, 17th to Friday February, 18th for guardrail work. Detours will be posted. See attached image for detailed location of closure.

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W Road to be closed Monday February 14th.

The  Hamilton County Highway Department reports the W Road will be closed Monday February 14th, 2022 from 9:00AM until 3:00PM for utility work.

The gates will be closed and no traffic will be allowed through.

Motorists should plan on using Roberts Mill Road or Signal Mtn. Blvd / Taft Hwy to leave or access Signal Mountain.

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Weather Related Road Closures

Wires/Trees Down, Other Hazards Reported

The following locations are closed or have limited access:

  • 1100 Signal Mountain Blvd
  • 1037 Balmoral Drive
  • 917 Cherokee Blvd (Stringers Ridge Tunnel)
  • W Road
  • 5900 Browntown Road

Please obey any instructions from law enforcement, flaggers, or traffic control devices in these areas.
Report wires/trees down by dialing our 311 Service Center 8 AM-5 PM Mon-Fri at 423-643-6311; Or if after hours/weekends, the Chattanooga Police Department Non-Emergency Number at 423-698-2525

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WEATHER RELATED EMERGENCY ROAD CLOSURES

Reports of Flooding or Wires/Trees Down

The following locations are closed or have limited access:

  • W 20th at Broad Street (pole or tree down)
  • Jersey Pike at Hancock Rd
  • Dogwood Drive at Juandale Trail
  • 1721 Varner Road (in Hamilton County) 
  • 1009 Retro Hughes Road (in Hamilton County)
  • 5588 Little Debbie Parkway (Collegedale)

Please obey any instructions from law enforcement, flaggers, or traffic control devices in these areas.

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