Construction continues during COVID-19 pandemic in Chattanooga, but future projects a worry

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Two pieces of heavy equipment move earth at the intersection of Interstates 75 and 24 on April 6, 2020.

Most of Chattanooga's biggest building projects such as the Volkswagen expansion, the Red Wolves soccer complex and the U.S. 27 widening downtown aren't stopping amid the coronavirus.

But an industry expert said that some future projects may be hurt as the materials supply chain becomes a problem coupled with economic and financial uncertainty.

"A lot of projects are moving forward, but we totally expect the pipeline to slow down as we move forward," said Leslie Gower, the excutive director for the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee.

At Chattanooga's VW production plant, an $800 million expansion to make electric vehicles is ongoing and hasn't had disruptions, though contractors are only working outdoors at this time, said spokeswoman Amanda Plecas.

"Our contractors are following Homeland Security rules in regards to essential activities," she said.