TDOT begins concrete repair on I-24 this weekend

As if your commute into and out of Chattanooga from the valley isn’t headache enough most days, the next phase of TDOT’s I-75/24 expansion project will begin this weekend with more road work that will likely snarl traffic for the next 16 weekends, officials say.

The agency has announced that starting this Friday, July 28th, and for the next 16 consecutive weekends (excluding holidays), their crews will be reducing traffic flow on sections of I-24 in the downtown Chattanooga area to perform needed concrete repairs to the roadway, including diamond grinding to smooth the road’s surface along with other related work.

The areas affected by these repairs will be between mile markers 179.1 and 178.4, or the area east of Market Street to the interchange with US-27 (Corridor J) at the “Downtown Split.”

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Officials with TDOT say that lane closures will take place only in one direction of I-24 at a time and the roads will be striped to assist motorists with navigation during the construction.

This week construction will begin on Friday evening at 9:00 PM EDT and last until no later than 6:00 AM EDT on Monday morning, July 31. This will affect I-24 West from the US-27 North on-ramp (Exit 178) to the I-24 West on-ramp from US-27 South, where traffic will be reduced to one lane. The Williams Street on-ramp to I-24 West will also be closed. Traffic will access I-24 Westbound from the US-27 South on-ramp.

Officials say the schedule is set and work should be completed on-time, but could be delayed at times due to weather.

TDOT says that while they do intend to keep one lane of traffic in the work area open at all times, however they warn that “significant delays” are expected and advise motorists to plan for alternate routes.

Information from WRCB-TV