It's going to take a lot longer to fix the W road than first thought.
Signal mountain residents who use that twisting road will need to add a few minutes to their schedule if they're headed to Chattanooga.
Road closed signs are not unusual for perhaps the county's most undependable roadway.
The W road is tricky is wet or snowy weather, and the gates go up on both ends when a tree falls over the roadway.
But this time it's a little more troublesome than that---10 to 12 weeks.
TODD LEAMON, ADMINISTRATOR, HAMILTON COUNTY PUBlIC WORKS "Last week we did a repair..we filled some cracks and overlay..that was Wednesday. By Saturday morning, it had horizonally separated a couple of inches."
What that means, according to Leamon is a major engineering design and repair job.
TODD LEAMON "We were initially thinking around 500-thousand..the cost I have now is about 7-hundred and 76 thousand." "There's two things we're going to do..one is we're going to add some soil anchors to the base of the slope...we're also going to do some roadbed stabilization."
When we stopped check out the closed gates in Walden, several motorists came by and had to look for another way off the mountain. Some were just getting the word.
MICHAEL SPEHAR, SIGNAL MOUNTAIN "Three months." "Its going to add 15-20 minutes in commute going up and down. Traffic down there by Wal-Mart is bad enough already..as it is."
RUTH FJELD doesn't use the W road that much, but her son does.
RUTH FJELD, SIGNAL MOUNTAIN "I expect he'll use Roberts Mill some of the time...as lot of the locals do."
But closing the W road is always an inconvenience, even when its in bad need of repair.
TODD LEAMON "It was expanded to its present width in 1927 ...So its obviously a very unique road ..But a very old road."
Part of the W road belongs to Walden, and a quarter mile at the bottom is in the Chattanooga city limits, but the repair work is all being done on the Hamilton county section.