IRONMAN 70.3 CHATTANOOGA TRAFFIC IMPACT

The Chattanooga Division of Transportation welcomes IRONMAN 70.3 this upcoming weekend.  We recommend that spectators and visitors park in the lots and garages surrounding downtown and utilize the Free Electric Shuttle (begin 9:30 AM Sunday) and Bike Chattanooga bike share system (24/7). 

Public activities start Friday afternoon with the IRONMAN Village and Official IRONMAN Store opening at 2 PM on Riverfront Parkway.  Both will be open Saturday from 10 AM until 4 PMand Sunday (race day) 7 AM-3 PM.

The Tennessee River will be closed to pleasure crafts between Ross’s Landing and the Hubert Fry Center from 5:00 AM until 10:30 AM on Sunday, May 22nd.  This includes the Rivermont Park and Tennessee Riverpark boat ramps.

IRONMAN starts early Sunday morning, May 22nd, with the swim portion at 6:50 AM and athletes will be transitioning to the bike race from about 7:15 am until 9:00 am.  Traffic will be stopped from crossing the cyclists’ lane when they are present between 8:00 AM and 1:00 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, Frazier Avenue, Barton Avenue, Hixson Pike, and Riverview Road between 10:30 AM and 1 PM.

Spectators are encouraged to make the most of this unprecedented opportunity for Chattanooga.  Links to the Ironman 70.3 Spectator Guide, Travel Tips, and maps of the routes be found on the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga website.

Closure details:

Riverside Drive/Riverfront Parkway between Aquarium Way and Molly Lane, 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 Wednesday, May 18th until 9:00 am on Monday, May 23rd for the IRONMAN 70.3 setup and race.

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, West 40th Street between Alton Park Blvd and Tennessee Avenue, and the I-24 on-ramp and Southbound off-ramp at Market Street will be closed 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 5:00 am until 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 22nd for the IRONMAN 70.3 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 5:00 am on Sunday, May 22nd until 5:00 pm for the IRONMAN 70.3 run portion. 
There will be several locations where temporary parking restrictions will be in place on Sunday, May 22nd.  This includes Riverfront Parkway, Walnut Street, and multiple locations within St Elmo. ‘Special Event No Parking’ signage are posted where these restrictions are in place.

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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENT ROAD CLOSURES

Kane Brown Concert – Updated Initial Closure Time

Reggie White Blvd between W 20th Street and the Skate Park access road will now close Wednesday, May 4thbeginning at 6:00 PM for Kane Brown Concert staging. 

State Of The City Address

Broad Street southbound between 7th Street and 8thStreet will be closed Thursday, May 5th from 1 PM until 5 PM for the State Of The City Address. The Tivoli Theatre will host Mayor Kelly’s speech and community forum, however, an RSVP is required for attendance. 

Armed Forces Day Parade

The following roads and intersections will be closed Friday, May 6th from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM to stage the annual Armed Forces Day Parade:  

Market Street between W 12th and MLK Blvd

W 11th Street at the intersection of Market Street

W 10th Street at the intersection of Market Street

The Armed Forces Day Parade will start at 10:30 AMwithin the southbound lanes of Market Street at 10thStreet and travel northbound until W 5th Street where the parade will disperse.  The following restrictions will be in place during the parade:

Market Street southbound between W 4th Street and W 10th Street will be closed. 

The cross streets of Market Street and MLK Blvd, 8thStreet, 7th Street, 6th Street, and 5th Street will be closed during the parade.

All street parking between 4th Street and 10th Street will be prohibited during the parade. 

The eastbound right lane of 4th Street will be closed from Broad Street to Cherry Street for bus staging.  

Gran Fondo Hincapie Street Closures and Traffic Impact  

The following roads and intersections will be closed from Friday, May 6th beginning 2:00 PM until Saturday, May 7th at 6 PM for the Gran Fondo Hincapie setup and bike event.  

E Martin Luther King Blvd from Lindsay Street to Houston Street 

Houston Street from E Martin Luther King Blvd to E 10th Street 

East 10th Street at the intersection of Houston Street

Gran Fondo Hincapie Bike Ride – Cyclists will be escorted by CPD officers starting at 8:00 AM on Saturday, May 7th, beginning from E Martin Luther King Blvd, turning north onto Market Street.  CPD will be present at all intersections on Market Street, crossing into North Shore, and continuing on Cherokee Blvd.  Please watch for instructions from these officers as the cyclists will be given the right of way while an officer is present.

A secondary route traveling Manufacturers Road will have officers present at both HWY 27 ramps and at the entrance of Renaissance Park. 

The first return cyclists are expected back into Chattanooga around 10:00 AM.

Inbound cyclists will return via Tiftonia using Cummings Road, Wauhatchie Pike, turning north onto Cummings Highway until Broad Street.  From Broad Street, cyclists will turn on W 33rd, then travel north on Alton Park Blvd / Market Street, right on W 12th Street, continuing onto Houston Street, and back to the closure on E Martin Luther King Blvd. Officers will be located at major intersections/traffic lights for the inbound cyclists. 

Cyclists will be required to ride with traffic while following the rules of the road. This is an open course so expect cyclists throughout the city. Please pay close attention to officer instructions when CPD is present. 

Most cyclists should complete their routes by 4:00 PM.

South Chattanooga Holiday Market

Hughes Avenue between W 40th Street and W 41stStreet will be closed Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM to host the South Chattanooga Holiday Market. Detours will be posted. 

Corner Market on 55th 

E 55th Street between St Elmo Avenue and Virginia Avenue will be closed on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM to host the Corner Market on 55th Street.  Detours will be posted.

Chattanooga Market

Reggie White Blvd between W 19th Street and the Skate Park access road will remain closed after the Kane Brown Concert to host Sunday’s Chattanooga Market. The theme for Sunday, May 8th will be a ‘Mothers’ Day Celebration’

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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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Upcoming Special Event Road Closures

Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Open House

The following roads will be closed Wednesday, December 15th from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM for the annual Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Open House:

W 8th Street between Broad Street and Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street between Citi Park Parking Garage and W 8th Street

Friday, December 17, 2021

Winter Break Spectacular 

Market Street between Martin Luther King Blvd and 10th Street will be closed Friday, December 17th from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM for the Winter Break Spectacular. Detours will be posted.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Chattanooga Area Food Bank Distribution

Curtain Pole Road will be temporarily converted to one-way direction (southbound) on Saturday, December 18th from 6:00 AM until 11:00 AM. Directional signs will be posted to assist with traffic flow. 

Corner Market on 55th 

W 55th Street between St Elmo Avenue and Virginia Avenue will be closed on Saturday, December 18th between from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM to host the Corner Market on 55th Street.  Detours will be posted.

Bethlehem On Glass Street

Glass Street between N Chamberlain Ave and Daisy Street will be closed on Saturday, December 18th between from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM for the Bethlehem on Glass Street event. Detours will be posted.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

St Elmo Stroll & Luminaria Festival

W 55th Street between St Elmo Avenue and Virginia Avenue will be closed on Sunday, December 19th between from 3:00 PM until 11:00 PM for the St Elmo Stroll & Luminaria Festival.  Detours will be posted.

Bethlehem On Glass Street

Glass Street between N Chamberlain Ave and Daisy Street will be closed on Sunday, December 19th between from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM for the Bethlehem on Glass Street event. Detours will be posted.

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