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TDOT Project to Close South Crest Road Bridge in Chattanooga for Several Months

Monday, November 10, 2014 | 04:50am

Traffic Advisory

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Beginning Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close the South Crest Road Bridge over I-24 and East Main Street in Chattanooga as a major repair project gets underway.

The contractor for the $1.6 million bridge repair project is Mid-State Construction Company, Inc. of Livingston, Tennessee.  The project completion date is on or before August 31, 2015. 

During the project, the entire bridge deck, parapets, and bridge joints will be removed and replaced. Because of the structural configuration of the bridge, there is no way to perform this work with traffic on the bridge. 

The section of East Main Street beneath the South Crest Road Bridge will also be closed while the contractor removes and replaces the bridge deck on the portion of the bridge directly overhead. This precaution is necessary to ensure the safety of the motoring public and pedestrians. This portion of the project is scheduled to be completed by next spring, at which time East Main Street will be reopened to traffic.

Detours will be posted for the duration of the project.

Additionally, there will be times during the project when work will require temporary lane closures on I-24 beneath the South Crest Road Bridge.  These interstate lane closures will only be allowed at nighttime on Sundays through Thursdays between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

For travel information visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5‑1‑1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511

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

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