New Frontage Roads, Multiple Walls, Wider Footprint To Be Hallmarks Of $80 Million Reworked Freeway Through Downtown Chattanooga

Friday, November 08, 2013

New frontage roads, multiple walls, and a wider footprint separating downtown Chattanooga from the old Cameron Hill section will be hallmarks of a major reworking of the downtown freeway to straighten it and add traffic lanes.


Work is set to start on the $80 million project soon after work is completed on the $108 million redo of the hilly section between the Olgiati Bridge and Signal Mountain Boulevard in early 2015.


One new frontage road will parallel the freeway on the Cameron Hill side going from Fourth Street, over Sixth Street, past the MLK intersection and then onto the southbound lanes of U.S. 27.


Another new frontage road on the downtown side will go from the MLK Boulevard exit over Sixth Street, and on to Fourth Street and then to an access point on the northbound lane of the freeway near AT&T Field.


It will be a different way to access the freeway for those coming from downtown heading east. There will no longer be a southbound on ramp at Fourth Street. The new access will be to go under the freeway at Fourth Street, then go left on the new frontage road, over Sixth Street, through the MLK intersection, and then merge on the freeway's southbound lanes.  


Traffic coming from downtown will also be able to access U.S. 27 south by way of Seventh Street to Chestnut Street, then left on Sixth Street to the frontage road, TDOT officials said.

Going from the current four to six travel lanes to six to eight travel lanes and straightening out the curve near the Olgiati Bridge will take another chunk out of Cameron Hill. There will be a wall 60 feet high by the new frontage road at the foot of the hill at the Blue Cross Blue Shield complex.  

The project will feature 25 other walls.

Right-of-way acquisition is currently underway on the project, and agents are currently appraising and acquiring the properties necessary to construct the project. It is estimated that they will complete this by next spring 2014 

Current estimates are that there are 22 tracts of land affected with two business relocations required. 

The 1.4-mile project has been included in the TDOT 2014-16 Multimodal Program to receive funding for construction in Fiscal Year 2015. 

Also, a new lane in each direction will be added on the Olgiati Bridge. In anticipation of this work, the necessary bridge supports are already in place.



 


 


 


Family Makes Treasure Trove Of Early Chattanooga Photographs Available For Book; Stokes Collection Has Been Passed Down To Descendants

A treasure trove of Chattanooga photographs that have been passed down in the Stokes family for generations has now been assembled in an upcoming book. Chattanooga Around The Turn Of The Century: The Remarkable Stokes Collection will be published by Chattanoogan.com. Pre-orders are now being taken for the book, which includes over 700 photos on large-size pages. Publisher ... (click for more)

TBI Seeking Helping Identifying Woman Found Dead At Foster Falls 7 Years Ago

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help in identifying an older woman found deceased seven years ago at the entrance to Foster Falls State Park in Marion County. Efforts to determine who she was since her body was found in February 2007 have not yet led to her identity, so agents hope someone seeing her description may recognize her. ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He Can Never Go Home

When Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sparked top-ranked Florida State to a 56-41 comeback over N.C. State last Saturday, you would have thought the world had forgotten and virtually excused his vulgar rant from the week before. His inexcusable mid-week antics kept him sidelined during the Clemson game and brought down the nation’s scorn but less than a week later he was ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Earns Senior-Night Soccer Victory

Honoring the team’s nine seniors was a focus of Tuesday night’s girls’ soccer match at Notre Dame, but it wasn’t the top priority for the Lady Irish. They knew that a win over visiting Signal Mountain would secure a first-place finish in District 7-AA, and their mission was to earn it. Notre Dame did just that, making Emma Higgins’ early goal stand for a ... (click for more)

UTC Men's Hoops: Brooks Savage, Alex Wharton Promoted

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball program is promoting two staffers, pending University approval, coach Will Wade announced Tuesday. Brooks Savage and Alex Wharton are moving into new roles in the wake of assistant coach Turner Battle leaving to take a similar position at UAB. Savage takes Battle’s place as a full-time assistant after ... (click for more)