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Transportation Project Updates

Lake Resort Drive

After reports of unusual roadway settlement and separation, CDOT closed one lane of Lake Resort Dr. from the roundabout at Hwy. 153 to Lake Resort Terrace on 23 February 2019. The rain events which caused damage to Lake Resort Drive and others throughout our community and state were declared a Federal Disaster, which means Chattanooga could be eligible for federal assistance in the repair of these areas. In May 2020, CDOT installed a temporary deep patch patch using local funding to the site of the slide area on Lake Resort Drive and was able to fully reopen the road, restoring two-way traffic between Lake Resort Terrace and Northshore Drive. This temporary deep patch remains stable, but is not considered a permanent solution to the unstable slope on which the roadway is located.

In anticipation that the City would receive federal funding for the permanent repair, CDOT contracted with the firm KSWA to begin the necessary environmental review work in September 2020. The environmental document is expected to be complete in January 2021.

In November 2020, the City received approval to pursue a permanent repair through the Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program (FHWA-ER). This permanent repair will be to construct a bridge at the location of the land movement. Through the TDOT Local Programs Process, the City is contracting with the engineering firm Alfred Benesch & Company to design the structure and roadway approaches for this project.

Construction for the bridge is expected to begin in Fall 2021


Shepherd Road

The Chattanooga Department of Transportation has completed the upgrades to Shepherd Road from Airport Connector Road to Shaw Avenue. These upgrades include traffic calming narrowed lanes, bicycle lanes, curb and gutters, pedestrian ways and sidewalks, and landscape improvements. The new roadway now consists of (2) 10’ travel lanes in each direction with a 10’ two-way center turn lane.

This project on Shepherd Road improves the existing connection to the Chattanooga Airport and creates a high quality public space asset to the surrounding community.

Construction was completed in September 2020 and the trees will be planted in the fall of 2020 due to weather requirements.

W 26th Street

The Chattanooga Department of Transportation will be upgrading W 26th Street, from Market Street to Broad Street, to fulfill the recommendations of the community supported South Broad Redevelopment Plan.

The upgrades along W 26th Street will include an 11' shared-use sidewalk along the northern section of the street and a 6’ wide sidewalk along the southern section, ornamental pedestrian lights, street trees, and other enhancements for pedestrian safety. It also consists of the installation of underground utilities, which is currently underway. Currently work is continuing on this project and we anticipate the utility relocation to be completed by the end of March. Construction of the planned upgrades will then commence in April.

Through this project W 26th St will become a high quality public space improving the connection of Howard School to one of Chattanooga’s most beloved public spaces, the Riverpark. Construction is expected to take approximately 6 months, weather permitting. 


Development Resource Center
1250 Market Street, Suite 3030 (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Office Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: (423) 643-5950

Request new or report problems with existing traffic control devices by calling 311, (423) 643-6311, or by visiting CHA311.com.

Brian May