Bridge Replacement Project Makes Way for Chattanooga "Split" Widening

May 5, 2020

BELL is currently serving as the construction manager for the Belvoir Avenue bridge over I-24 and the Germantown Road overpass on I-24 in Chattanooga, TN. This $32.9 million Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) bridge replacement project is happening in coordination with the $132.6 million project at the I-75 / I-24 interchange, which is commonly referred to as the "Split."

It is estimated that more than 100,000 vehicles travel through the Split each day, which causes a lot of traffic back-ups and vehicular crashes. According to the American Transportation Research Institute's rankings of the 100 worst freight bottleneck intersections, the Split is the 32nd worse in the nation. BELL's bridge replacement project has to be completed before I-24 can be widened because the existing structures do not currently have enough capacity.

Despite recent bad weather and the COVID-19 pandemic, crews are continuing to work with increased safety measures. The pile driving activities, originally planned for overnight hours, has been moved to daytime hours due to the extreme noise caused. TDOT has allowed us to change this portion of the project in order to avoid the disruption of sleep for our neighbors in the area.

The projected completion date for these TDOT projects is spring of 2021. 

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Photo Credit: Tim Barber, Chattanooga Times Free Press