Construction crews Monday night will close the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard West ramp to U.S. Highway 27 North, creating a detour that will remain in place until later this year, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
TDOT officials said Friday that crews for the U.S. 27 reconstruction project in downtown Chattanooga will close the existing on ramp from West King Boulevard to U.S. 27 North, and once this closure is in place, drivers leaving downtown Chattanooga on West King Boulevard to travel north on U.S. 27 will be required to detour by making a left turn onto a new loop ramp, officials said.
This detour will be in place until the new ramp from West King to U.S. 27 North is completed later this year. In addition to the detour route using the loop ramp, drivers can use the ramp from West 4th Street to access U.S. 27 North.
This work is weather dependent and unforeseen circumstances could postpone it. If that happens, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible, officials said.
Using a desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live-streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers also can dial 511 from any land line or cell phone for travel information, or follow the state agency on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel or Chattanooga area alerts at www.twitter.com/Chattanooga511 or any of TDOT's other Twitter pages.
TDOT reminds drivers to use all motorist information tools wisely and "Know Before You Go!" by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.