Contractor to Implement Traffic Modification on US 27 Project in Chattanooga

Friday, August 18, 2017 | 11:19am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – As part of the Tennessee Department of Transportation's US 27 widening project, from the I-24/US 27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, the  contractor will implement a traffic modification on Friday for US 27 North and South, weather permitting.

Recently, as part of Phase 2 of the project, traffic on US 27 was shifted to the outside in both directions to allow the contractor access to the middle portion of US 27 for the next construction phase.  As a result of traffic shifting to the outside, the ramps at MLK Boulevard in both directions and the 4th Street ramp on US 27 South were shortened, requiring traffic to yield when entering US 27.  Since this traffic pattern has been in place, the number of traffic incidents in the work zone has increased.  Therefore, beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 18, 2017, yield signs will be changed to stop signs at the following locations.

  • 4th Street ramp onto US 27 South
  • Westbound MLK Boulevard ramp onto US 27 South
  • Eastbound MLK Boulevard ramp onto US 27 South
  • Eastbound MLK Boulevard ramp onto US 27 North

One ramp at a time will be closed as this work takes place.  As soon as the stop signs and pavement markings are installed, all traffic will be required to stop at these locations.  Drivers are encouraged to obey the signage and pay close attention to changing conditions in the work zone.  After this change is implemented, there will be increased law enforcement presence within the project limits.  Please note that the speed limit on US 27 in the construction zone is 45 MPH.

Drivers who wish to avoid this area altogether can access a map with suggested alternate routes on the project website at and on the City of Chattanooga’s website at

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For more information contact:
Jennifer A. Flynn
TDOT Region Two Community Relations Officer
Office 423-510-1164