published Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Market Street Bridge to close for check

The Market Street Bridge is opened during the Tennessee Department of Transportation's quarterly testing in this file photo.
The Market Street Bridge is opened during the Tennessee Department of Transportation's quarterly testing in this file photo.
Photo by C. B. Schmelter.

The Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga will be closed to through traffic on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. as transportation workers conduct quarterly testing of the largest drawbridge of its type east of the Mississippi River.

Bad weather or unforeseen circumstances could lead to a rescheduling of the testing, Tennessee Department of Transportation officials said.

The 2,000-foot steel and concrete span, officially known as the Chief John Ross Bridge, opened across the Tennessee River in 1917.

The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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