TDOT Clears The Way For Independence Day Travelers

NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4thholiday.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 3rdthrough 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6th to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

“The coronavirus has impacted travel plans for Tennesseans this July 4th holiday,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright said. “Although fewer motorists will be traveling through Tennessee, we are suspending lane closures during this holiday travel time to help motorists reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.”

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects.  While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

This summer, AAA forecasts Americans will take 700 million trips based on economic indicators and state re-openings. That number is down nearly 15% compared to last July through September and is the first decline in summer travel since 2009.

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TDOT Projects Move Forward During COVID-19

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite altered work procedures designed to increase safety, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is pushing ahead on construction projects across the state. Reduced traffic over the past several weeks has also allowed TDOT crews to perform additional maintenance to interstates and state highways and make solid progress on projects in general across the state. 

In Nashville, the I-440 Reconstruction Project is in its final phase of work, with paving anticipated to be complete earlier than the project’s July 26th completion date. In Jackson, a project to widen Interstate 40 continues with traffic now driving on newly constructed lanes and all bridge demolition now complete. In Chattanooga, work is progressing well on the I-75/I-24 Interchange Modification Project. All Phase 1 traffic shifts have been completed and the entire project is slated for completion in summer 2021. In Knox and Blount Counties, three projects underway to improve Alcoa Highway are progressing well with traffic being shifted into newly constructed lanes and retaining wall construction nearing completion.

Since late March, TDOT crews have been able to take advantage of dramatically reduced traffic volumes on interstates across the state. Workers have been performing additional pothole patching and small paving projects to repair pavement impacted by winter weather. Under normal conditions, these operations are limited due to the severe traffic congestion they can cause during daytime hours. 

Traffic volumes are beginning to increase to more normal levels. While TDOT does anticipate a reduction in state gas tax revenues for several months due to the reduced fuel usage, the department is only expecting modest delays in construction projects due to this reduction. Most project design activities have transitioned well to a work from home environment; however, COVID-19 has slowed the process to purchase property, with many real estate transactions being handled through mail rather than in-person. Projects that require a high number of real estate acquisitions and even modest relocations of homes and businesses will likely require additional time. Right now, TDOT is projecting only a few months delay on a handful of projects.

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Upcoming Road Closures And Updates 6/24

Wauhatchie Pike Reopened
Wauhatchie Pike at the Norfolk Southern / CSX grade crossing is now reopened for traffic.

Broad Street 
Broad Street between 11th Street and 12th Street will be closed beginning Friday, June 26thfrom 5:45PM until Sunday, June 28th at 9PM for TVA Building window replacement. Detours will be posted. 

Martin Luther King Blvd
Martin Luther King Blvd between Lindsey Street and Houston Street will be closed beginning Friday, June 26thfrom 9AM until Saturday, June 27th at 6PM for an art installation by RISE Chattanooga. Detours will be posted. 

Station Street
Station Street will be closed Fridays beginning at 4 PM through Sundays at 10 PM to allow for outdoor dining by area restaurants.  CDOT is working to help businesses comply with social distancing requirements by providing the extra room in our public space.  

Reggie White Boulevard
Reggie White Boulevard will be closed Sundays from 6AM until 6PM for the Chattanooga Essentials Market to enhance social distancing measures.  CDOT is working to help businesses comply with social distancing requirements by providing the extra room in our public space. 

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Upcoming Road Closures And Construction Projects 6/21-26

Ongoing Repaving Projects

This following location will see occasional lane closures while undergoing repaving for the week of Sunday, June 21st through Friday, June 26th:

  • McCallie Avenue between Central Avenue and Georgia Avenue. Work will take place between 7PM until 6AM each night.

Expect minor delays as two-way traffic is maintained by flagging.  

Bailey Avenue Bridge 
Beginning Monday, June 22nd through August 2020, Bailey Avenue Bridge between Central Avenue and Holtzclaw Avenue will see daily lane closures. Two-way traffic will be maintained while bridge maintenance is being performed.

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TDOT: Avoid Hwy 27 Downtown This Saturday 6-20

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – On Friday, June 19, 2020, contract crews working on the U.S. 27 reconstruction project in downtown Chattanooga will shift U.S. 27 North traffic onto a new alignment between I-24 and the Olgiati Bridge. The traffic shift operation will begin at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday evening and be completed by 7:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 20, 2020

As the traffic shift progresses, there will be temporary lane and ramp closures along U.S. 27 North as crews tie in the ramps to the new alignment. Detours will be posted during the temporary ramp closures. 

Motorists are advised to avoid U.S. 27 North through downtown Chattanooga during this work. If they must use U.S. 27 North, motorists should exercise caution when traveling through the construction zone and pay close attention to all posted signs.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will assist with this traffic shift.

Once Saturday’s traffic shift is completed, drivers will be traveling in the final alignment of U.S. 27 North in newly constructed lanes adjacent to the median.Traffic on U.S. 27 South was shifted into its final alignment in late April, and it will not be affected during this operation.

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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Ongoing Repaving Projects Result In Lane Closures

Ongoing Repaving Projects

This following locations will see occasional lane closures while undergoing repaving for the week of Monday, June 8th through Friday, June 12th (weather permitting):

  • Alexander Dr – Between Nurick Dr and Haywood Ave
  • Lockwood Cir – Between Sleepy Hollow Rd and Lockwood Cir
  • Lockwood Dr – Between Ozark Rd and Lockwood Ter
  • McCahill Rd – Between Browntown Road’s two intersections with McCahill Rd
  • Nurick Dr – Between Folts Cir and Ozark Cir
  • Social Cir – Between Ozark Rd and Haywood Ave 
  • Lake Resort Drive – Deep repair and paving – Between Hwy 153 and Northshore Dr
  • Lawson St – Between Van Buren St and Hixson Pk

Expect minor delays as two-way traffic is maintained by flagging. 

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Road Work Creates More Closures This Week

This following locations will see occasional lane closures while undergoing repaving for the week of Monday, June 8th through Friday, June 12th(weather permitting):

  • Alexander Dr – Between Nurick Dr and Haywood Ave
  • Lockwood Cir – Between Sleepy Hollow Rd and Lockwood Cir
  • Lockwood Dr – Between Ozark Rd and Lockwood Ter
  • McCahill Rd – Between Browntown Road’s two intersections with McCahill Rd
  • Nurick Dr – Between Folts Cir and Ozark Cir
  • Social Cir – Between Ozark Rd and Haywood Ave 
  • Lake Resort Drive – Deep repair and paving – Between Hwy 153 and Northshore Dr
  • Lawson St – Between Van Buren St and Hixson Pk

Expect minor delays as two-way traffic is maintained by flagging.  

Walnut Street Bridge

The Walnut Street Bridge will be closed Wednesday, June 10th until Friday, June 12th from 8AM until 4:30PM daily for tree cutting.  Market Street or Veterans Bridge are recommended detours during this time.

Station Street


Station Street will be closed Fridays from 5PM until Sundays at 4PM to allow for outdoor dining by area restaurants.  CDOT is working to help businesses comply with social distancing requirements by providing the extra room in our public space.  

Reggie White Boulevard

Reggie White Boulevard will be closed Sundaysjws from 6AM until 6PM for the Chattanooga Essentials Market to enhance social distancing measures.  CDOT is working to help businesses comply with social distancing requirements by providing the extra room in our public space

Wauhatchie Pike

Beginning Tuesday, June 16th through Friday, June 19th, the 500 block of Wauhatchie Pike will be closed at the Norfolk Southern / CSX crossing due to railroad construction. Detours utilizing Birmingham Highway will be posted.

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Road Closures Starting Tuesday 5-26

Ongoing Repaving Projects

This following locations will see occasional lane closures while undergoing repaving for the week of Tuesday, May 26th through Friday, May 29th:

  • Central Avenue between E 38th Street and Lee Avenue.
  • W 31st Street between Broad Street and St. Elmo Avenue  
  • W 41st Street between Tennessee Avenue and Ochs Highway

Expect minor delays as two-way traffic is maintained by flagging.  

Douglas Street 

On Tuesday, May 26th, Douglas Street between E 8th Street to MLK Boulevard will be closed from 7AM until 5PM for a crane installation and lift. Detours will be posted.

4th Street Ramp to HWY 27 Northbound

The 4th Street ramp accessing HWY 27 northbound will be closed Tuesday, May 26th from 9AM until 3PM for shoulder paving. Detours will be posted directing traffic to W Martin Luther King Boulevard entrance to HWY 27 northbound. 

Williams Street

On Thursday, May 28th, Williams Street between W 20th Street and W 19th Street will be closed from 8AM until 4PM for water service installation. Detours will be posted. Georgia Avenue

On Thursday, May 28th, Georgia Avenue between Market Street and E 10th Street will be closed half a day for repaving. Detours will be posted. 

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Nighttime Road Work On Germantown Road

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –As part of the bridge replacement project on I-24 over Germantown Road in Chattanooga, TDOT contract crews will begin nighttime pile driving operations for bridge foundations on Germantown Road near I-24 starting on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Because pile driving operations will require Germantown Road to be reduced to one lane in each direction, the work will be done at night between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. EDT when traffic volume is less.

Nighttime pile driving operations will continue on a regular basis until the end of June, although there will be times where testing, preparation and weather interrupts the activity. Depending on how the pile driving operations progress, intermittent nighttime pile driving operations could be possible at this location until the beginning of August.

Pile driving, in this case, will involve the use of specialized machinery to hammer steel or concrete supports into the ground to form the foundation for the future bridges on this project. Driving piles is typically the loudest operation on a construction project with a repetitive steel-on-steel impact, so residents near the work zone will likely experience noise and disturbance while the piles are driven. 

This work is being done as part of a project to replace bridges over and on I-24 near mile marker 183 in Chattanooga, including the bridge on Belvoir Avenue over I-24 and the bridges on I-24 over Germantown Road.

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