St. Elmo Avenue in Chattanooga getting repairs

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A 1.7-mile stretch of St. Elmo Avenue soon will start receiving repairs that residents say are needed badly.

"The road is in really bad shape," said Paige Wichman, president of the Community Association of Historic St. Elmo.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin repairs and repaving of the road starting at the end of July or beginning of August, said Jennifer Osborne, TDOT spokeswoman.

She said the fixes and paving will be from the Georgia state line to Ochs Highway. She did not have an estimated cost of the project. The fixes will be handled by TDOT's maintenance department, so it will not be contracted out, she said.

Most of the problems with the road have come from several utility cuts throughout the years for sewer and water lines, she said.