I-24 Crash Causes South Side Gridlock
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — This morning, an eighteen wheeler crossed the median into oncoming traffic on I-24.
The accident only resulted in minor injury for those directly involved, but it stalled traffic on the south side of Chattanooga, between 9:00 and noon.
On an average day, the drive down Broad Street from downtown to West Thirty-Third Street takes about five minutes. This morning, it took about thirty.
“Man, I’ve experienced all kinds of traffic — coming down thirty third, coming down around Calvin Donaldson, St. Elmo — I’ve circumvented everything just trying to get this way, and I just live right here, just trying to get home. It took me about thirty minutes to get home,” said one driver.
The problem was exacerbated by trucks that were too tall to be rerouted through the tunnel in Alton Park.
“My truck won’t fit through the tunnel, so I’m routed around this way. I think the light is ill-timed, and the traffic won’t let me go, so I’m kind of aggravated at this point,” said another.
The traffic cleared up around lunchtime, but some drivers expressed concern that this was not a one-off inconvenience.
“It’s pretty awful. The infrastructure of this area is really overworked with the amount of traffic there is. The people get off the freeway, and it just backs up over here, and it’s just going to get worse, unfortunately, with all the houses and all the development that’s going on down here,” said a man on Broad Street.