Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews have completed and opened the new permanent two-lane free-flow ramp from U.S. 27 North to Signal Mountain Road. The ramp was opened to traffic late Tuesday night, and crews put finishing touches on it Wednesday. Beginning this afternoon, drivers traveling from downtown to Signal Mountain during rush hour should have a much smoother commute.
This phase of the project was supposed to be done on March 31, but TDOT and the contractor recognized the need to speed up the ramp work because of the inconvenience experienced by Signal Mountain residents who were having to temporarily share part of the ramp with traffic traveling to Dayton Boulevard.
To expedite the ramp construction, the contractor used special concrete and worked diligently to shorten the length of time for this phase. The signal-controlled ramp that was shared by all traffic at the beginning of this phase is now a one-lane left-turn only ramp that will be used exclusively by those traveling from U.S. 27 North toward Dayton Boulevard. via Signal Mountain Road.
Meanwhile, traffic traveling from U.S. 27 North toward Signal Mountain on Signal Mountain Road will be able to use the new two-lane free-flow ramp, which should greatly improve traffic flow in the area.