published Friday, May 13th, 2011

Chattanooga: Delays expected on I-24 this weekend

Lanes of Interstate 24 will be closed in both directions over the weekend for resurfacing and repair and state transportation officials are urging locals to use surface streets to avoid congestion.

Three bridges are under repair — the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge at mile marker 181.34; the Dodds Avenue bridge at mile marker 181.43 and the Westside Drive bridge at mile marker 181.53.

One or two lanes will be closed in both directions from 7 p.m. today through 6 a.m. Monday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation said in a news release.

Local drivers are strongly encouraged to use Brainerd Road and either Bailey Avenue/MLK Blvd. or McCallie Avenue to travel downtown, the release stated.

The work is part of a $5.3 million major resurfacing and repair project on I-24 from the Missionary Ridge Cut near South Crest Road at mile marker 183 to west of Chattanooga Creek near Moccasin Bend at mile marker 177.

The work is expected to be complete by Aug. 31.

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