No Road Construction Delays For Memorial Day Travelers

NASHVILLE – Motorists won’t be delayed by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 22 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.

“Suspending construction-related lane closures during the Memorial Day weekend will lessen congestion and delays on Tennessee’s major highways,” said Commissioner Clay Bright. “We want to do our part to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend and keep traffic flowing as smoothly and efficiently as possible.”

Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects. Drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

“We’re asking motorists to drive safely this Memorial Day weekend,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long said. “Though traffic has lessened, we continue to see speeding and distracted driving crashes. State Troopers will work to enforce traffic laws to reduce crashes and traffic fatalities across the state.”

As a result of COVID-19’s impact on travel, AAA advises that for the first time in 20 years, they will not issue a Memorial Day travel forecast this year.

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Support For Local Restaurants And Retail Businesses

CDOT seeks to support restaurants and retail businesses through a recovery pilot program, SPROUTS, that will allow businesses to expand their footprints into the public right-of-way while waiving associated permit fees. Through SPROUTS, businesses can apply for a Temporary Loading Zone, for pick-up and delivery services, a Curb Lane Pedestrian Zone, to create wider sidewalks to provide pedestrians with room to access and lineup for services at a safe distance from other people, and finally an Outdoor Expansion Zone, that will temporarily allow businesses to expand their outdoor capacity to safely serve patrons while complying with the Governor’s executive orders as well as the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. Get further details at Chattanooga.gov.

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Be Aware Of More Lane Closures This Week 5-18

Ongoing Repaving Projects

This following locations will see occasional lane closures while undergoing repaving for the week of Monday, May 18th through Friday, May 22nd:

  • Central Avenue between E 38th Street and Lee Avenue.
  • W 31st Street between Broad Street and St. Elmo Avenue  
  • Dwight Avenue between Oak Street and the McCallie Avenue off-ramp.
  • Derby Circle between E 3rd Street and E 4th Street.
  • W 41st Street between Tennessee Avenue and Ochs Highway

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

W 26th Street 

Beginning Monday, May 18th, W 26th Street between Market Street and Broad Street will be closed while extensive streetscaping, sidewalk renewal, and road resurfacing takes place. Closure is expected to last until early Fall.  Access will be kept for all businesses and residents. Detours will be posted. 

W 10th Street

On Tuesday, May 19th, W 10th Street between Broad Street and Carter Street will be closed from 7:30AM until 5PM for a crane installation and lift. Detours will be posted.

River Street

On Tuesday, May 19th, River Street between Rennessaince Park and the Coolidge Park Canoe Launch will be closed from 8AM until 3PM for a crane installation and lift. 

Intersection of Georgia Avenue and E 10th Street

Beginning Tuesday, May 19th through Friday, May 22nd, the intersection of Georgia Avenue and E 10th Street will be closed from 8:30AM until 4PMdaily. Detours will be posted.

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New Traffic Pattern For Greenwood Drive

Greenwood Drive – New Traffic Pattern

Greenwood Drive between McCallie Ave and E. 3rd Street begins a new traffic pattern this week.  Lane markings will now reflect a travel lane in each direction, bike lanes, and a center turn lane. Please use caution as other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians familiarize themselves with the new traffic pattern.

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Crane Installation To Close Streets Wednesday 5-12

Broad Street between 11th Street and 12th Street

On Wednesday, May 13th, Broad Street between 11th Street and 12th Street will be closed from 8AM until 7PM for a crane installation and lift. Detours will be posted via Market Street.

W 14th Street between Cowart Street and Williams Street

On Wednesday, May 13th, W 14th Street between Cowart Street and Williams Street will be closed from 7AM until 3:30PM for a crane installation and lift.

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Gas Prices Remain Low

With businesses slowly reopening across the Tennessee Valley, are you putting miles on your car again? Well, most people are and with that, the average price of a gallon of gas should help a bit. Today’s (5-11) average in Chattanooga is $1.71 / gallon which is higher than the statewide average of $1.60 but lower than the national average, which sits at $1.86 / gallon. If it makes you feel any better, the average price per gallon a year ago was significantly higher at $2.48. No. I didn’t think you’d feel better.

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Multiple Lane Closures Starting Monday 5-11

Ongoing Repaving Projects

This following locations will see occasional lane closures while undergoing repaving for the week of Monday, May 11th through Friday, May 15th:

  • Isbill Road between Kelley’s Ferry Road and Elder Mountain Road.  
  • Glenwood Drive between McCallie Avenue and E 3rd Street. 
  • Dwight Avenue between Oak Street and the McCallie Avenue off-ramp.
  • Derby Circle between E 3rd Street and E 4th Street.

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

Broad Street between 11th Street and 12th Street

On Wednesday, May 13th, Broad Street between 11th Street and 12th Street will be closed from 8AM until 7PM for a crane installation and lift. Detours will be posted via Market Street.

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TDOT Says Avoid 27 South This Saturday 5-2-20

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – On Saturday, May 2, 2020, contract crews working on the U.S. 27 reconstruction project in downtown Chattanooga will shift U.S. 27 South traffic onto a new alignment between the Olgiati Bridge and I-24. The traffic shift operation will begin at 7:00 a.m. EDT and be completed by or before 7:00 p.m. EDT. Crews will begin the traffic shift at the Olgiati Bridge and work toward I-24.

As the traffic shift progresses, there will be temporary lane and ramp closures along U.S. 27 South 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 South through downtown Chattanooga on Saturday. If they must travel on U.S. 27 South, motorists should exercise caution when traveling through the construction zone and pay close attention to all posted signs.

Once Saturday’s traffic shift is completed, drivers will be traveling in the final alignment of U.S. 27 South in newly constructed lanes. Traffic on U.S. 27 North will be shifted into its final alignment at a later date.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live-streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any landline or cell phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel or Chattanooga area alerts at www.twitter.com/Chattanooga511 or any of TDOT’s other Twitter pages. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and “Know Before You Go!” by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

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SLOW DOWN Mario Andretti!

Caltrans has announced a joint effort with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to urge drivers in the state to slow down, given a recent 87 percent increase in citations for speeding in excess of 100 mph that coincides with decreased traffic volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From March 19 when the state’s stay-at-home order began to April 19, the CHP reports issuing 2,493 citations statewide for speeding more than 100 mph, as compared to 1,335 during the same period last year. This increase in citations occurred as Caltrans has measured an average decline in traffic volume on state roads of approximately 35 percent as compared to this time last year.

“Excessive speed and unsafe driving threaten everyone using our highway system,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “Viewing less congested roads as an invitation to drive dangerously jeopardizes the safety of construction and maintenance crews who are working to maintain reliable access to our highways when people need it most.”

“It is alarming to see the number of citations officers are writing for excessive speeds on California roadways,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “Higher speeds can lead to much more serious injuries and significantly increase the chance of death should a crash occur. Keep yourself and those on the road around you safe. Slow down and drive at a safe, legal speed.”

California’s “Move Over” law continues to be in effect and requires all drivers to move over a lane or, if unable to do so safely, slow down when they see amber flashing lights on Caltrans vehicles, law enforcement and emergency vehicles, and tow trucks.

“Fewer cars on the road doesn’t give drivers the green light to travel over the speed limit,” OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. “Driving at a safe speed when you must go out is one way to keep you and your family safe during this pandemic.”

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