Temporary Nighttime Closures Planned for MLK Boulevard in Chattanooga

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | 10:05am

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will temporarily close Martin Luther King Boulevard at U.S. 27 in downtown Chattanooga, Hamilton County, for bridge construction. The work is scheduled as follows.

  • Thursday, February 11 AND Monday, February 15, 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. EST - The eastbound lanes of MLK Boulevard and U.S. 27 ramps to/from MLK Boulevard East will be closed.
  • Tuesday, February 16 AND Wednesday, February 17, 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. EST - The westbound lanes of MLK Boulevard and U.S. 27 ramps to/from MLK Boulevard West will be closed.

The scheduled nighttime lane closures are necessary to demolish the U.S. 27 bridge over MLK Boulevard. The roadway underneath the bridge and the interchange ramps in the area will be closed to traffic during the work for the safety of the traveling public.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead and utilize alternate routes. Message boards will be in place to alert motorists to the road closures and to provide detour information. The Tennessee Highway Patrol will also be on-site to assist with traffic.

The bridge work is part of the U.S. 27 reconstruction project, which extends from I-24 to the Olgiati Bridge and includes widening the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River. The $126 million project began in December 2015 and is expected to finished by July 2019. For more information on the project, visit the TDOT website http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/US27-reconstruction-chattanooga.