Bridge work to slow traffic on I-24 in Chattanooga

Bridge work to slow traffic on I-24 in Chattanooga

May 16th, 2012 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Jennifer Flynn of TDOT

Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

Westbound traffic on Interstate 24 will slow down starting Friday as state work crews repair bridge decking at the Browns Ferry and Cummings Highway/U.S. 41 exits.

Jennifer Flynn, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, said work will begin at 1 a.m. Friday and last until Wednesday.

Workers will keep two open traffic lanes during most of the day, she said. Westbound traffic will be split into two 11-foot lanes at the site of the bridges, allowing the deck repairs to take place in the middle, Flynn said.

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane Friday through Tuesday starting at 10 p.m. A second lane will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday and at 6 a.m. Sunday through Tuesday.

Drivers are asked to take extra care in the narrowed lanes. Wide loads will have to detour.

Flynn said the bridge work is part of a large resurfacing project on from the Lookout Valley/Tiftonia area to the Georgia state line. The estimated completion date for the $4.1 million project is July 31.

That includes bridge deck repairs. The contractor for this $4.1 million project is Talley Construction Company, Inc. from Rossville, Georgia, and the estimated completion date for the project is July 31, 2012.