Weekend Road Closures HERE 3/13-15

Friday, March 13 / Saturday, March 14 

Southside Social Weekend Closures –  Chestnut Street between W 17th Street and W 19th Street will be closed every Friday and Saturday night from 9PM until 2AM.  This closure will be in effect through December 19, 2020

Saturday, March 14

Riverside Spring Meet Car Show –  Reggie White Blvd between W 19th Street and the First Horizon Pavilion parking lot entrance will be closed on Saturday, March 14 beginning 7AM until 8PM (after the scheduled Chattanooga Football Club game ends). 

Chattanooga Football Club – League Home Opener –  Reggie White Blvd between W 19th Street and the First Horizon Pavilion parking lot entrance will be closed on Saturday, March 14 beginning 7AM (for Riverside Spring Meet Car Show) until 8PM for the Chattanooga Football Club’s first match of the season. Match begins at 3PM

West Village Street Festival – St Patrick’s Day –  Chestnut Street between W 8th Street and MLK Blvd; W 8th Street between Pine Street and Broad Street; and Pine Street between Westin Parking Lot Entrance and MLK Blvd will be closed Saturday, March 14 from 6AM until Midnight for the West Village Street Festival celebrating St Patrick’s Day.  

St Paddy’s Party On The Parkway benefiting SoundCorps –  The westbound lane of Patten Parkway will be closed Saturday, March 14 beginning 9AM until Sunday, March 15 at 1AM. The eastbound lane of Patten Parkway continues to be closed due to construction.  

IrishFest on Station Street –  Station Street between Market Street and Rossville Ave will be closed Saturday, March 14 beginning 6AM until Sunday, March 15 at 4AM for IrishFest. 

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Stay ON The Road And OFF The Shoulder

From statefarm.com, here are a few tips to remember for driving safely in the rain…

Think. When conditions are less than ideal, drivers need to stay alert and focused on what’s going on around them.

Turn on those headlights. It’s the law in all states to turn on headlights when visibility is low, and many states also require having the headlights on when the windshield wipers are in use. 

Beware of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is the technical term for what occurs when your tires lose traction with the road due to excess water on top of the road. The result is that your vehicle begins to slide uncontrollably. It’s easy to hydroplane: all you need is one-twelfth of an inch of rain on the road and a speed of more than 35 miles per hours. If your tires have extensive wear and tear, you are more highly likely to hydroplane. You can hydroplane even if you are driving a four-wheel drive car, SUV, or truck. If you start to hydroplane, let off the accelerator slowly, and steer straight until you regain control. If your car starts to spin, turn your wheel in the direction that the vehicle is spinning, slowly. Do not turn your wheel against the direction it has begun to spin. Do not jerk the wheel sharply in one direction or the other, as you could flip your car due to over correction. 

Turn off cruise control. Ironically, on rain- or snow- slick surfaces, cruise control may cause you to lose control. You might think it’ll help you stay at one steady speed, but if you hydroplane while you’re in cruise control, your car will actually go faster.

Slow down. Just let up on the accelerator and allow more time to get to your destination.

Be extra cautious with merging lanes. Drivers should drive defensively and take precautions when passing vehicles to prevent merging collisions. 

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Marathon Weekend Road Closures

SATURDAY, MARCH 7th
Classic 150 5K Race
Race Times: 9:00 am—10:00 am
Start/Finish location: Finley Stadium
Traffic Impact:
 Main Street from Reggie White Blvd. to Central Ave. will be closed.
 W. 13th St. closed from Cowart St. to Carter St.
 Cowart St. from Main St. to W. 13th St. will be closed.
 Northbound Carter St. from Main St. to W. 13th St.
** Runners will cross Broad St. and Market St. CPD will be directing traffic as needed when runners are present. **

SATURDAY, MARCH 7th
Kid’s Fun Run
Race Times: 11:00 am—12:00 pm
Start/Finish location: Finley Stadium
Traffic Impact:
 Chestnut St. from 20th St. to W. 13th St. will be closed.
 W. 13th St. from Chestnut St. to Carter St.
 North bound Carter St. from Main St. to W. 13th St.
** Runners will cross Main St. twice and CPD will be directing traffic as needed when runners are present. ****
NOTE: PARKING WILL BE RESTRICTED IN SOME AREAS—SIGNS ARE CURRENTLY POSTED **

SUNDAY, MARCH 8th The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon and Half Marathon
Race Start: 7:30 am
Start/Finish location: Finley Stadium
Closures:
Set Up:
 Friday 7am—Sunday 5pm: Reggie White Blvd. from 20th St. to Main St will be closed.
Sunday (3:00 am—5:00 pm for lane and road closures; heaviest im- pact between 7:00 am-2:00 pm)
 Carter St. from W Main St to W 11th St. will be closed for mass start. CPD to open southbound Carter St as last runner passes.
 W 11th St at Carter St will be closed.
 Chestnut St at W 11th St, and between W 13th St and W Main St. will be closed; W 13th from Chestnut Street to Carter St will be closed.
 Westbound traffic on E MLK Blvd will be shifted to the center lane.
 Southbound Market St from W 11th St to W 20th St will be closed for mass start. CPD to open closures as last runner passes.
 Westbound traffic on W 20th St from Broad St to Market St. CPD to reopen after the last runner passes.
 Riverfront Pkwy. from Lindsay St. to Molly Lane will be closed.
 The Barton Ave. ramp from Frazier Ave. will be closed.
 Right eastbound lane of Main St. between Riverfront Pkwy and Reggie White Blvd. will be closed.
 Right westbound lane of Main St. from Holtzclaw Ave. to Chest- nut St. will be closed.
Runners will be on the roads downtown, East/West, from Riverfront Pkwy to S. Holtzclaw Ave. and North/South from W. 20th St. to Frazier Ave.
High Impact Areas:
Market/Main Street — Market/20th Street
E MLK Blvd. — Bailey Ave./N. Holtzclaw Ave. Riverfront Pkwy/Lindsay St.
All roads and lanes will be re-opened no later than 5:00 pm, with most opening before.

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Post Nashville Tornado: How To Help

As officials in Nashville assess the damage and relief workers help people find their loved ones, Tennesseans across the middle part of the state are now left with the difficult task of rebuilding from the rubble. There are numerous ways you can help in this effort, either by giving money, donating items, or volunteering your time. Here are a few choices:

  • United Way: The local chapter has launched a relief fund for middle Tennessee. Text RELIEF2020 to 41444 or donate online.
  • Community Foundation: This group has activated the “Middle Tennessee Emergency Relief Fund.” Find it here.
  • Donate Items: If you’re in the area and want to donate items (no clothing), the Nashville Emergency Operations Center has a way to do that. Find it here.
  • Volunteer in Nashville: Potential volunteers can sign up with Hands On Nashville here.
  • Volunteer in Mt. Juliet: Potential volunteers can sign up at the local police portal here.
  • American Red Cross: The local chapter of this organization is on hand to assess needs and provide relief. It’s always looking for help. Find it here.
  • GoFundMe: The crowdfunding site has a dedicated page for all verified campaigns related to the Tennessee tornado disaster. Find it here.
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Don’t Get Caught In An Unexpected Detour!

Lots of weekday road closures happening this week. Know before you go!

2100 Riverside Drive

Beginning Monday, March 2nd through Friday, March 13th, the 2100 block of Riverside Drive will be closed between the hours of 8:00AM and 2:30PMfor sewer replacement. Detours will be posted. 

Harrison Pike at Addison Road

Harrison Pike near the intersection of Addison Road will be closed Monday, March 2nd through Tuesday, March 3rd for water main replacement. Detours will be posted.

Jersey Pike at Norfolk Southern Railroad

Jersey Pike at the Norfolk Southern Railroad grade crossing will be closed Tuesday, March 3rd for maintenance. Detours will be posted..

E 3rd Street

E 3rd Street between Wiehl Street and Hampton Street (directly in front of the Whitehall Medical Building) will be closed to all traffic on Wednesday, March 4th from 6PM until 4AM for crane installation. Detours will be posted via Central Ave, Blackford Street and Hampton Street. 

Addison Road

Addison Road between Harrison Pike and Bonny Oaks Drive will be narrowed to one lane beginning Wednesday, March 4th through Friday, April 24th for water main replacement. Two way traffic will be maintained by the use of a temporary traffic signal.  

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TDOT To Work On I-24 This Weekend

TDOT contract crews will make concrete repairs this weekend on I-24 West from mile marker 178.9 to mile marker 178.7 in lane #1 (left/fast lane). The work will begin at 8:00 p.m. this Friday and end by or before 6:00 a.m. EST. During the work, lane #1 will be closed. Lane #2 and the Williams Street on-ramp to I-24 West will remain open to traffic.

This work will consist of sawing and removing damaged concrete slabs and re-pouring them with new concrete, which will need several hours to harden enough to handle traffic. As soon as the concrete hardens enough to pass strength tests, all lanes will be reopened to traffic.

While this work takes place, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and a truck-mounted attenuator with a message board will be on site to assist with traffic control and information. Drivers are urged to obey the signage and pay close attention to changing conditions in the work zone.  

This concrete repair work is being done as part of a statewide on-call concrete repair contract. This work is weather dependent. Should weather or unforeseen circumstances postpone this work, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible.

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Raining? Cancel Cruise Control!

From the National Safety Commission:

Rain presents two distinct dangers to a driver; both with essentially the same end result. After a dry spell of any period, accumulated oil, grease, and dirt on the road can create extremely slippery conditions. The roads are most dangerous just after it starts to rain when a light sheen of water is standing on the road. The oil, grease etc. rise up in a layer on top of the water creating conditions similar to ice on the road. It creates such a problem during the summer thunderstorm period in the southeast that it is referred to as “Florida ice.” After a period of heavy rain, the oil and grease will wash off the road and the slippery conditions diminish.

Heavy rain however creates a separate and equally dangerous situation. When water stands on the road, it can become deep enough that the tires can’t squeeze the water through the tread fast enough. When this happens, the tires can actually rise up on top of the water and ride across the water like water skis creating a condition known as “hydroplaning.” Hydroplaning can start at speeds as low as 35 mph and becomes especially dangerous at speeds above 55 mph. The higher the speed, the greater the chance of hydroplaning.

In either situation, the first step a driver should take to counteract skidding is to take his/her foot off the gas pedal in order to slow the car’s speed. Unless you have anti-lock brakes, you shouldn’t apply the brakes until you have the car under control and the speed is reduced. Applying the brakes in a car without anti-lock brakes only adds to the problem. Grasp the steering wheel in both hands, steer toward the direction of the skid and then steer to keep your car centered in your lane.

This is where cruise control presents a problem. Cruise control will want to keep your vehicle going at a constant speed and speed only adds to the problem. Cruise control is disabled when you step on the brakes but that is exactly what you don’t want to do in a skidding situation unless your car is equipped with anti-lock brakes. The safest thing to do when it starts to rain is to disengage the cruise control and lower your speed. Driving in the rain really requires heightened awareness and that seat-of-the-pants feel for the car. Save your cruise control for fair weather.

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Worst Bottlenecks And We Ain’t Talkin’ Beer

The intersection of interstates 75 and 24 and the intersection of Interstate 24 and U.S. 27 in Chattanooga made the list of the country’s 100 worst bottlenecks from the the American Transportation Research Institute, though neither of them ended up in the national top 20.

The American Transportation Research Institute ranked the 100 worst freight bottleneck intersections in the country. These are the six in Tennessee that made the list and their relative score among the 100 worst congestion sites.

No. 3: Nashville, I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)

No. 22: Nashville, I-40 at I-65 (East)

No. 32: Chattanooga, I-75 at I-24

No. 51: Chattanooga, I-24 at US 27

No. 74: Nashville, I-65 at I-24

No. 94: Nashville, I-65 at I-440

The intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, is the worst freight bottleneck in the country. The rest of the Top 10 includes:

No. 2: Atlanta, I-285 at I-85 (North)

No. 3: Nashville, I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)

No. 4: Houston, I-45 at I-69/US 59

No. 5: Atlanta, GA, I-75 at I-285 (North)

No. 6: Chicago, IL, I-290 at I-90/I-94

No. 7: Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)

No. 8: Cincinnati, OH, I-71 at I-75

No. 9: Los Angeles, CA, SR 60 at SR 57

No. 10: Los Angeles, CA, I-710 at I-105

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GDOT: Alabama Hwy Construction Update

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) ongoing Alabama Highway widening and reconstruction project in Ringgold will take longer than expected to complete and will cost $1.5 million more than originally expected.

Work on the project initially began in July 2017 with a projected completion date of December 2020. Officials with GDOT now say the construction timeline has been pushed back almost 10 months.

As far as the current construction and future detours go, GDOT officials have urged drivers to be as safe as possible when traveling through the construction zones and detours.

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Click HERE For Weekend Road Closures

Thursday, February 20
Grand Opening of the Medal of Honor Museum –  W Aquarium Way between Broad Street and Market Street will be closed on Thursday, February 20th from 3PM until 10PM for set up and preview functions.


Friday, February 21
Southside Social Weekend Closures –  Chestnut Street between W 17th Street and W 19th Street will be closed every Friday and Saturday night from 9PM until 2AM.  This closure will be in effect through December 19, 2020
Saturday, February 22

Grand Opening of the Medal of Honor Museum –  W Aquarium Way between Broad Street and Market Street; also Broad Street between Shuttle Park South and W Aquarium Way, will be closed on Saturday, February 22nd from 8AM until 2PM for Grand Opening events.  

Mardis Gras On Station Street –  Station Street between Market Street and Rossville Ave will be closed Saturday, February 22nd at 6AM until Sunday, February 23rd at 2AM for Mardis Gras on Station Street event.

Southside Social Weekend Closures –  Chestnut Street between W 17th Street and W 19th Street will be closed every Friday and Saturday night from 9PM until 2AM.  This closure will be in effect through December 19, 2020.  

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