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Concrete Repair Will Require Weekend Lane Closures on I-24 East in Hamilton County

Major Traffic Impact Expected
Thursday, October 04, 2018 | 01:19pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will close lanes along Interstate 24 East this weekend, between mile markers 182.4 and 182.8, to replace a section of damaged and deteriorating concrete in the far right lane, west of Exit 183 (Germantown Road/Belvoir Avenue).

The work will take place beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT Friday, October 5, and ending before 6:00 a.m. EDT Monday, October 8, 2018. This work will consist of sawing and removing damaged concrete slabs and re-pouring new concrete, which will need several hours to harden enough to handle traffic. During the time that the crews remove the damaged concrete and the time when the new concrete is being poured, the right and middle lanes (lane #2 and lane #3) will be closed to traffic, leaving only the left lane open. Once the concrete slabs are poured on Saturday afternoon, the middle lane will be reopened, allowing traffic in two lanes. The right lane will remain closed to traffic as the concrete sets. As soon as the concrete hardens enough to pass strength tests, the right lane will also be reopened to traffic.

While this work takes place, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and a truck-mounted attenuator with a message board will be on site to assist with traffic control and information. Drivers are encouraged to avoid this area during the repair work. Those who must travel I-24 East during this repair work should expect long delays. Drivers are urged to obey the signage and pay close attention to changing conditions in the work zone.

This concrete repair work is being done as part of a statewide on-call concrete repair contract. This work is weather dependent. Should weather or unforeseen circumstances postpone this work, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible.

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