The Tennessee Department of Transportation reopened the State Route 153 ramp at Access Road/Lake Resort Drive to traffic at 3 p.m. on Friday.
The ramp had been partially closed since Jan. 6, because of pavement failure, and totally closed since Jan. 27, after an emergency repair contract for $455,346.25 was awarded to Highways, Inc.
During the ramp closure, the contractor excavated and rebuilt the entire slope and roadway and addressed drainage issues. Once the work was completed, TDOT Operations crews paved the newly repaired portion of the ramp and installed pavement markings and guardrail. Later this spring after the weather warms up and crews are able to obtain hot mix asphalt, the entire ramp will be repaved.
For travel information visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 511. 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.