Crews To Perform Traffic Shift On U.S. 27 South In Chattanooga Thursday Night

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Weather permitting, on Thursday evening, TDOT contract crews will implement lane closures on U.S. 27 South in Chattanooga between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. to shift the southbound lanes to a new alignment.  The new alignment will be in effect on Friday morning, resulting in traffic traveling south on U.S. 27 being routed onto the newly-constructed southbound lanes from Signal Mountain Boulevard to the closed Whitehall Road slip ramp. U.S. 27 South traffic will merge into the existing center lane, and the right lane will become an “exit only” lane. Traffic entering from Signal Mountain Boulevard onto U.S. 27 South will also be routed onto the new southbound lanes. 

Because of the new traffic alignment, motorists are strongly encouraged to remain alert and follow directional signs when approaching the construction zone. The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be on duty several mornings to assist with traffic control and speed enforcement as drivers get accustomed to the new traffic pattern.  Overhead signs and message boards will also be used to inform drivers of the new traffic pattern. 

This traffic configuration will remain in effect until the remaining southbound retaining walls and the ramps to Manufacturers Road are completed, which is scheduled to take place by early June 2013.  This phase of construction is part of the large project underway to reconstruct U.S. 27 from the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River to Signal Mountain Boulevard (SR-8/U.S. 127).  The contractor for the $104 million project is Wright Brothers Construction Co., Inc. of Charleston, TN.  The estimated completion date for the entire project is December 21, 2014.

Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent this traffic shift from occurring as scheduled, it will be rescheduled to take place as soon as possible.

For travel information visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 5-1-1.  You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511 or Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511

Android and iPhone users can download TDOT’s SmartWay Mobile App to assist them in navigating Tennessee highways.  The app provides up-to-the-minute customized traffic information and enables the user to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras, messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs, and information on construction related lane closures and incidents on interstates and state routes.  The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android. 

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.


Tennessee State Trooper Arrests Clarksville Man On Drug Charges In Marion County

A Tennessee state trooper initiated a traffic stop on Tuesday that resulted in the drug arrest of a Clarksville man in Marion County. Trooper George Stephens stopped a 2009 Nissan Sentra after observing the vehicle was following too closely on Interstate 24 westbound near the 153 mile marker at approximately 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Upon initial contact, the trooper noticed ... (click for more)

Crime Stoppers: Robbery At Subway On Rossville Boulevard

Crime Stoppers and the Chattanooga Police Department are seeking information on a robbery from a business that occurred on Jan. 14, at 3416 Rossville Blvd. at the Subway. A store employee stated that a black male entered the business and ordered food. Upon receiving his food, the suspect went to the bathroom and out of sight. Another customer ordered food and once they left, ... (click for more)

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed

Shelley Andrews was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most effective laborers in our community.  Her work with the Friends of Moccasin Bend was exemplary.  She listened, she learned and she led with dignity and class. Her brave battle with ovarian cancer was a testament to her positive spirit and commitment to her work on behalf of the people of this region. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He’s Exempt From Drunk

I love the old story about a popular Senator who, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, was asked late one evening, “Sir, what if we get bombed?” to which came the quick reply, “I’d be absolutely delighted … I can get one of my aides to drive us home afterwards.” You think of stuff like that when word comes from Kentucky that state legislator Brandon Smith was caught driving erratically ... (click for more)

Libby Peigen Named Soddy-Daisy Volleyball Coach

Libby Peigen, daughter of Ooltewah coach Elaine Peigen, has been named head volleyball coach at Soddy-Daisy, replacing Lorri Johnson. Peigen had been head middle school and assistant varsity coach at East Hamilton before taking over the Lady Trojans' program. She played volleyball at Ooltewah and Lee University. The announcement of Peigen's hiring was originally posted ... (click for more)

UTC Softball Team Prepares for 2015 Season

It’s nine days to the season opener – Plainsman Invite (Auburn, Ala.) – and the UTC Indoor Softball Facility at Warner Park was alive with the sounds of batting and infield practice Wednesday afternoon as the 20 Lady Moc players plus coaches were on hand for 2015 Media Day. Located in their familiar spot as pre-season Southern Conference favorites, UTC returns a strong ... (click for more)