Market Street Bridge In Chattanooga To Undergo Quarterly Testing

Friday, February 22, 2013

TDOT bridge inspectors will perform their regular quarterly testing and inspection on the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday. Beginning at 8 a.m. the bridge will be closed to traffic as crews conduct the inspection and open the drawbridge portion of the bridge. Due to the unfortunate electrical problems encountered during the last attempted inspection, this inspection may take longer than usual.  The bridge should be reopened to traffic no later than 2 p.m.

Drivers are advised to use the Olgiati Bridge or the Veterans Bridge as alternate routes while the Market Street Bridge is closed.  Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances delay the inspection, it will be rescheduled to take place at a later date.

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.


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