City announces money for new Wilcox Boulevard Bridge
Current 70 year old bridge cannot support emergency vehicles or heavy transportation
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Chattanooga officials say they have landed one of the largest transportation investments in the city’s history.
The Federal Government will send $25 million from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure program to replace the aging Wilcox Boulevard Bridge over the railyards.
The 70 year old bridge can no longer support emergency or large transportation vehicles.
It only supports passenger vehicles.
The precautionary move means slower response times for East Chattanooga and cutting companies off from Amincola Highway’s heavy transportation hubs.
But the new bridge will support CARTA buses, emergency vehicles, more volume of traffic and even multimodal freight for future transportation needs.
And is will also include a new pedestrian and bike pathway to connect East Chattanooga to the Riverwalk.
” When completed, the new bridge will expand equitable access to jobs, parks, trails, and essential services for some of the city’s most historically disadvantaged communities, while increasing safe access to one of the region’s most important logistical assets — Norfolk Southern’s DeButts Railyard.
During the construction, two lanes of traffic will remain open and rail traffic in DeButts Yard will not be impacted.
But they will not begin taking bids for the new bridge until 2025.
“On behalf of the City of Chattanooga, I sincerely thank President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for this historic investment into our city, which will uplift our transportation industry and ensure a more connected, healthy, and equitable future for our residents,” said Mayor Tim Kelly.