published Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Highway 27 through Chattanooga to be widened in $80 million project

The intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and Martin Luther King Boulevard is to be revamped by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
The intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and Martin Luther King Boulevard is to be revamped by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Photo by Jake Daniels.

The stretch of Highway 27 that cuts through Chattanooga will be widened and updated in an $80-million dollar project, Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer announced today.

The renovation will add two lanes to the Olgiati Bridge and rework the highway’s current tight corners and short off-ramps. Construction will start in 2015 and is expected to finish in 2017.

Some city officials had previously objected to TDOT’s plan for the 1.5-mile stretch, and the new plan reflects compromise on both sides, said Wes Hughen, TDOT Region 2 director of project development.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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