Chattanooga Motorcar Festival Traffic Impact

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Chattanooga Division of Transportation welcomes the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival the week of Oct. 11-18.  It recommends that spectators and visitors park in the lots and garages surrounding downtown and utilize the Free Electric Shuttle and Bike Chattanooga bike share system.  Details regarding Festival operated shuttles, a full schedule of events, activities, tickets, and other useful information can be found at the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival website.

Public activities start Thursday evening with a Welcome Party and end Sunday night with the Awards Ceremony.  A general schedule of events can be found here.

There are four locations within downtown Chattanooga that will see street closures and restrictions in the following week: The West Village, Riverfront Parkway at The Bend development (former Alstom site), and Carter Street adjacent to the Chattanooga Convention Center and the Tennessee Riverwalk.

Riverfront Parkway / W 19th Street
Riverfront Parkway between West Martin Luther King Boulevard and West 19th Street will have the following traffic restrictions:

Beginning Monday at 10 a.m.
The west side of Riverfront Parkway will be closed. Bi-directional traffic will be maintained using the east side lanes only.  Access to all businesses between West MLK and West 19th Street will be maintained. 

Beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 17, at 11:30 p.m.
Riverfront Parkway will be reduced to one lane, one-way traffic northbound only. All vehicles entering or exiting businesses between West MLK Boulevard and West Main Street must turn northbound. Access to businesses will be maintained with detours via Boynton Drive and West Main Street. All southbound through traffic on Riverfront Parkway will be detoured via West MLK Boulevard, Broad Street, and West 20th Street. 

Chattanooga Police Department will have uniformed officers directing traffic at Riverfront Parkway and West MLK Boulevard, West Main Street, and West 19th Street during this time. Please follow any instructions they may give. 

Use caution as a high number of pedestrians is expected in this area.

The Chattanooga Motorcar Festival has contacted all businesses affected by altered traffic patterns on Riverfront Parkway/West 19th Street with special accommodations being made for those on the west side within the racecourse. 

Tennessee Riverwalk
Beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 17, at 11:30 p.m.
The Tennessee Riverwalk will be closed between Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead and West 19th Street.  Riverwalk patrons will be detoured from Blue Goose Hallow, across Riverfront Parkway at West MLK Boulevard to the east sidewalk.  The detour will continue southbound until crossing back over Riverfront Parkway at West 19th Street. The temporary detour due to the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will continue to follow the long-term detour set up as a result of TDOT's I-24 / Broad Street construction project.

The West Village
The following locations will be closed Tuesday at 9 a.m. until Sunday, Oct. 17, at midnight:
Chestnut Street between West 8th Street and West MLK Boulevard; Access will still be maintained for parking garages facing Chestnut Street.
West 8th Street between Pine Street and Broad Street.

The following locations will be closed Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. until Sunday, Oct. 17, at midnight:
Pine Street between West 7th Street and West MLK Boulevard; Access will still be maintained to parking garages.
Chestnut Street closure will extend to West MLK Boulevard, restricting access to the parking located within the closure.

Carter Street
The following location will be closed Tuesday at 9 a.m. until Sunday, Oct. 17, at midnight:
Carter Street northbound will be closed between West 11th Street and West 13th Street, however, access will be maintained in both directions for the Marriott / Convention Center Parking Garage on the north side of the closure. Traffic exiting West 12th Street can only access Carter Street southbound.  Detours will be posted for all northbound traffic via West 13th Street and Broad Street.

View CDOT's map of events and road closures for full details of these activities and other projects underway in public space. 


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