Market Street Bridge in Chattanooga to Undergo Quarterly Testing this Sunday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will conduct quarterly testing and maintenance on the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, September 12, 2021 during which time the bridge will be closed to through traffic. From 8:00 a.m. EST to no later than 2:00 p.m. EST, the bridge will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic as the testing is performed. 

Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances delay this week’s inspection, it will be rescheduled to take place at a later date. Drivers are advised to use the Olgiati Bridge or the Veterans Bridge as alternate routes while the Market Street Bridge is closed.


Upcoming Construction Road Closures

Hampton Street

Hampton Street between E 3rd Street and Blackford Street will be closed Saturday, September 11th from 7:30 AM until Noon for a crane lift. Detours will be posted via Central Avenue.  Emergency Room access will be maintained via Central/Blackford. 

UTC Crane Lifts

The following roads on the UTC campus will see very brief sidewalk, lane, and/or full closures while multiple crane lifts are conducted on Saturday, September 11th, and early morning Sunday, September 12th:

Campus Drive between McCallie Ave and E 8th Street

E 8th Street between Campus Drive and Palmetto Street

Flaggers will be present directing traffic around any obstructions in the right of way. 

Dodds Avenue

Dodds Avenue between E 47th Street and E 48th Street will be closed Monday, September 13th through Friday, September 24th for a water main replacement. Detours will be posted.

Old Lee Highway

Old Lee Highway between Stonehenge Drive and Green Shanty Road will be closed Monday, September 13th through Friday, September 17thfrom 9 AM until 2:30 PM for citywide services repair work. Detours will be posted via Apison Pike and Bonny Oaks.

2105 Watauga Street

Watauga Street between E 23rd Street and E 21st Street will be closed Monday, September 13th through Wednesday, October 13th for a sewer replacement.  Detours will be posted. 

Lindsay Street – Southbound

Southbound Lindsay Street between Oak Street and McCallie Ave will be closed Monday, September 13th from 9 AM until 4 PM. Detours will be posted via Houston.


Emergency Road Closures / South Chickamauga Creek Flood Warning

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 – 11:15 AM Update
POC: Chattanooga Department of Transportation
423-643-5950  Reports of Wires, Trees Down, or Other Hazards:

The following locations are closed or have limited access:

11:00 AM Update

  • Hickory Valley Road at East Brainerd Road (open but limited access)
  • 7534 Noah Reid Road

9:00 AM Update

  • 4300 Kemp Drive
  • 1075 Lower Mill Road
  • Old Wauhatchie Pike
  • Tomahawk Trail
  • 612 North Crest Road

Confirmed Reopen:

  • 600 Ochs Highway

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

The National Weather Service has issued a River Flood Warning for South Chickamauga Creek in Chattanooga, where the flood stage will be reached overnight and cresting mid-day tomorrow. Road flooding is expected on Davidson Road near Gunbarrel Road, Lightfoot Mill Road, and other low-lying areas near the creek.  

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Chattanooga today through Wednesday afternoon.  Heavy rainfall associated with the remnants of Hurricane Ida are expected to release 1-3 inches of rain in our area. Roads will incur localized flooding as heavy rains persist and area creeks and rivers are overwhelmed.  
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.


No Lane Closures for Labor Day Holiday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period.  Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity at noon on Friday, September 3rd, until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7th. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.

“The Labor Day holiday is typically a busy travel time,” said TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright. “We want to ensure that the thousands of travelers using Tennessee’s roadways during this period arrive at their destinations quickly and safely without being impeded by road construction delays.” 

While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on-site in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits.  Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 


TDOT Contractor to Conduct Weekend Closure of US-27 South Ramp to I-24 West in Chattanooga, Hamilton County

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – As part of the project to improve the Interstate 24 Interchanges at Broad and Market Streets in Hamilton County, TDOT contract crews will close the US-27 South ramp to I‑24 West beginning Friday, August 13, 2021 at 9:00 PM EDT through Monday, August 16, 2021 at 6:00 AM EDT to complete the installation of a second storm drainpipe under I-24.

Traffic will detour as follows:

  • Exit US-27 South using the Broad Street exit ramp
  • Turn right onto West 20th Street
  • Turn right onto Williams Street
  • Make a final right turn onto the I-24 West on-ramp

In addition, I-24 West will be reduced to a single laneat mile marker 178 to perform this installation. This ramp closure and lane reduction will create congestion. Drivers should expect delays.

The contractor will fully re-open the ramp and the right lane of I-24 West at mile marker 178 as soon as work is completed. This work is weather dependent. Should weather or unforeseen circumstances postpone this work, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible.

This work is being done as part of the project underway to improve the I-24 interchanges at SR-2 (Broad Street) and SR-58 (Market Street) in Chattanooga. Wright Brothers Construction Company, Inc. is the contractor for the nearly $32-million project. The 1.6-mile project will replace the loops and ramps that serve as exits and entrances of I-24 East and U.S. 27 to Broad Street, Williams Street and Market Street with a new one-way ramp and frontage road. The project is scheduled for completion on or before August 31, 2023.


TDOT Contractor to Perform Partial Ramp Closures on I-75 North and I-24 East in Chattanooga, Hamilton County

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – As part of the I-75/I-24 design-build interchange modification project in Hamilton County, TDOT contract crews must complete final paving operations on the interstate ramps. Beginning Friday, August 6, 2021, at 9:00 p.m. EDT through Monday, August 9, 2021, at 6:00 a.m. EDT, crews are scheduled to pave the ramp from I-75 North to I-24 West. In addition, the contractor will conduct partial closures on the ramp from I-24 East to I-75 North and the ramp from I-24 East to I-75 South to smooth out various bridge approaches.

The contractor will work on only one ramp at a time to help minimize congestion through the interchange. One lane will always remain open on each of these ramps during this work. 

Also, to facilitate these partial ramp closures, I-24 East will be reduced to two lanes beginning at the Spring Creek Road overpass.

These partial closures and lane reductions will create congestion throughout the project limits. Drivers should expect long delays and are encouraged to seek an alternate route.

This work is weather-dependent. Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances delay this work, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible.



Wilcox Blvd Tunnel

Wilcox Boulevard Tunnel will be closed on the following dates and times for TDOT inspection:

Monday, July 26 at 8:00 PM until Tuesday, July 27 at 5:00 AM. 

Detours will be posted. Please plan additional time while traveling. W 26th Street

W 26th Street will be closed between Williams Street and Long Street beginning Monday, July 26 through Tuesday, July 27. Detours will be posted. Shallowford Road

Shallowford Road will be reduced to one lane between Jersey Pike and Cromwell Road on Tuesday, July 27 from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM for vegetation management. Two-way traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers. Delays are expected, please use alternative routes if possible.McCallie Tunnel – Westbound

McCallie Tunnel westbound will be closed on the following dates and times for TDOT inspection:

Tuesday, July 27 at 8:00 PM until Wednesday, July 28 at 5:00 AM. 

Detours will be posted. Please plan additional time while traveling. 


Snow Hill Road Paving

The Hamilton County Highway Department will start paving on Snow Hill Road beginning Monday, July 26th, 2021.

The work will be from Short Tail Springs Road to Mahan Gap Road.

This work will take two to three weeks depending on weather.

Motorists should avoid the area if possible because there will be longer delays, but flaggers will be onsite.



Friday, July 23, 2021

Mayoral Press Conference

Mayor Tim Kelly will host a press conference at 9:30 AMin front of City Hall.  E 11th Street will be closed from 9 AM until 10:15 AM between Lindsay Street and Newby Street. Please use E 10th Street as an alternative route.

Patten Square Ribbon Cutting – Patten Parkway

Patten Parkway will be closed from 9 AM until 11:30 PMfor the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the completion of Patten Square. The ceremony will take place next to the new public art installation ‘Radiance’ at 10:30 AM. Patten Parkway will remain closed to through traffic as preparations are made for a celebratory block party which begins after Nightfall. 

Nightfall  – Cherry Street / Martin Luther King Blvd / Market Street

Cherry Street will be closed at E MLK Blvd on Friday from 3 PM until 12 Midnight for Nightfall setup. Market Street will be closed from East 8th Street to East 10th Street, and ML King Blvd will be closed from Broad Street to Georgia Avenue from 5:30 PM until 12midnight. These closures will be in effect each Friday night through September 10, 2021.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

WestsideEvolves Community Block Party  – Riverfront Parkway

Grove Street will be closed from 10 AM until 7 PM for the WestsideEvolves Community Block Party. Detours will be posted. 

Chattanooga Football Club Home Match 

The following roads will be closed from 3:30 PM until Midnight:

·  Reggie White Blvd between the Chattanooga Skate Park north entrance and W 20th Street

·  Chestnut Street between W 17th Street and W 19th Street

·  W 19th Street between Reggie White Blvd and Chestnut Street

Street parking will be prohibited on Chestnut Street within the closure on the dates/times listed above. Vehicles left within the closure will be towed at the owner’s expense. 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Chattanooga Market – Reggie White Blvd

Reggie White Blvd will be closed in front of the First Horizon Pavilion for the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, July 25 from 6 AM until 7 PM.