published Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Demolition of bridge at south end of Dayton Boulevard to cause delays

Part of the south end of Dayton Boulevard will be closed for several nights while workers demolish the old exit ramp bridge from U.S. Highway 27 north.

The demolition began Wednesday and will be performed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Saturday, weather permitting, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Motorists traveling toward Chattanooga from Red Bank won't be able to use the Stringer's Ridge tunnel while the work is done, a TDOT news release stated. Instead, drivers will be detoured to U.S. 27 south, then to Manufacturers Road and Cherokee Boulevard.

The tunnel will be open for drivers heading from Chattanooga into Red Bank, but traffic will be restricted to a single lane and periodic delays are expected, according to the release.

If the work is canceled because of weather, it will be rescheduled for the next available day.

TDOT is rebuilding and widening U.S. 27 from Signal Mountain Road to the Tennessee River. The $102 million project is scheduled to be completed in February 2015.

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