I-24 on-ramp closed for bridge repairs
TDOT’s Twitter shared more context to the bridge damage and repair.
They state that the bridge was hit in February of this year. So, it was scheduled for a three-month precautionary inspection.
Inspectors found there was stress on the bridge due to the hit.
Their tweet reads, “The bridge was hit back in February of this year & as a result, was put on a precautionary bridge inspection schedule (3 month intervals). This is a common practice. While the original damage wasn’t severe in nature, we wanted to monitor the situation closely.”
It continued, “Upon our first precautionary inspection (5/16) we discovered stress on the bridge over time since the hit had caused additional damage. This is a good example of our bridge inspection & repair process working how it should. Our main priority is the safety of the motoring public.”
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation has closed the on-ramp of I-24 West from Rossville Boulevard.
TDOT says this is for bridge repairs over US-27 (Rossville Boulevard) in Hamilton County.
After inspecting the bridge, crews found that an outer steel bridge beam was damaged.
Officials say the ramp will be closed for several weeks while they make repairs.
TDOT will place detour signs, which will direct drivers to I-24 West via 4th Avenue.
All lanes on the I-24 bridge are safe and remain open.
However, they ask drivers to be cautious while going through this area.
We will update you as more information becomes available.