Contractor to Perform Traffic Shift on U.S. 27 North in Chatt. on 7/28/17
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 28, 2017
Contractor to Perform Traffic Shift on U.S. 27 North in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – As part of the U.S. 27 widening project from I-24/U.S. 27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, the contractor will be performing a traffic shift tonight on U.S. 27 North, weather permitting.
On Friday, July 28, 2017 at 7PM through Saturday, July 29, 2017 at noon, the contractor will be shifting traffic on U.S. 27 North to the recently-constructed lanes along the east (right) side of the highway. The area of the shift will be from I-24 to MLK Blvd. During this complicated traffic shift, there will be some temporary ramp closures, and detours will be posted. As a final traffic adjustment, the new loop ramp from eastbound MLK Blvd. to U.S. 27 North will be opened, and the current left turn to the northbound ramp will be closed.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the traffic shift. Motorists who must travel on U.S. 27 North during this time period should be alert to changing conditions.
When the new work week begins on Monday morning, traffic on eastbound MLK Blvd. must get in the right lane and use the new loop ramp to access U.S. 27 North. They will have the same yield situation that the southbound MLK Blvd. and 4th St. ramps currently have. The U.S. 27 North on/off ramps to/from 4th St. will not be affected by this change. On the mainline of U.S. 27 North, traffic will transition from the new lanes back to the existing lanes immediately north of the MLK Blvd. overpass.
If the weather is adverse, the traffic shift will be moved from Friday-Saturday to Saturday-Sunday.
Please remember that the speed limit on U.S. 27 in the construction zone is 45 MPH.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer A. Flynn
TDOT Region Two Community Relations Officer