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

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

April 16th, 2013 by Shelly Bradbury in Local - Breaking News

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/Times Free Press.

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.