COMMON CORE TOWN HALL MEETINGHOME INVASION SUSPECT SKETCHISRAEL FLIGHTS SUSPENDEDBATHROOM SPY CAM
WTVC NewsChannel 9 :: News - Top Stories - Thrasher Bridge Closed to Traffic Through Monday
Updated:
Saturday, June 21 2014, 12:27 PM EDT
Thrasher Bridge Closed to Traffic Through Monday
Updated Story

It might be a frustrating weekend for those who take Thrasher Bridge on Highway 153. All weekend, drivers will have to take alternative routes because the bridge is closed.

Many drivers use Thrasher Bridge as their main route traveling to and from Hixson. Friday, many drivers told us they sat in traffic for more than half an hour just to make it home.
 
Chris Lockey is one frustrated commuter. He lives in Hixson and usually takes Thrasher Bridge on his drive home.

"I was supposed to pick my daughter up at 6:00 at the daycare, it's not going to happen, I was supposed to drop my bike off and get my car, it's not going to happen," said Lockey.

The Thrasher Bridge over the Chickamauga Dam will be closed until Monday morning at 6am while TVA crews work to repair several aging expansion joints.

The work is done every 15-years to maintain the bridge.  Ethan Bruce says he's not happy about taking alternative routes this weekend.

"You can't really get to where we're going really quickly, we're having to go around a lot of stuff," said Bruce.

This weekend, you'll have to use Amnicola Highway and DuPont Parkway to cross the river.

Many drivers told us the traffic delays are causing a headache, but at least the construction to the bridge is being done over the weekend and not during the week when traffic would be worse.

"Fortunately I don't have to get out this weekend so I'm going to stay up in the north end of the county," said driver Jack Richeson.

Meanwhile, many restaurant and store owners on Highway 153 in Hixson say the detours will make for a slow weekend for their business.

"Typically on Thursday and Friday nights we're a little bit busier, and since it's [the bridge] been closed, it's really impacted us, business has slowed down," said Dane Ratliff from Penn State East Coast Subs.

The repairs to the bridge will cost about $500,000. 

By Jerry Askin

__________________________________________________________________________
Repairs to roadway expansion joints on the Thrasher Bridge over the Tennessee Valley Authority's Chickamauga Dam will require a complete closure to traffic from June 19-23.

The closure will be from approximately 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 19, until approximately 6 a.m. EDT on Monday, June 23, subject to suitable weather.

TVA worked with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a repair plan that provided the greatest degree of safety for motorists and repair workers while minimizing repair times. The schedule also will avoid holiday weekends or major area events, such as the Riverbend Festival.

Southbound motorists traveling on Tennessee Highway 153 will be diverted onto Dupont Parkway and northbound traffic onto Amnicola Highway. All vehicles will cross the river on the C.B. Robinson Bridge. The total detour is less than 1.5 miles (pictured above).

Signs and placards will direct local access to Lakeshore Drive for both north- and southbound traffic:

  • Northbound traffic on Highway 153 will follow the detour, exit Dupont Parkway at North Access Road, turn right off the exit ramp and follow north access to Lakeshore Drive.
  • Southbound traffic on Highway 153 will drive past Dupont Parkway and exit at Lakeshore Drive before the dam, as usual.
Multiple expansion joints on the north end of the bridge have degraded over time and need to be replaced. Additional concrete work also will be done to ensure the continued safe operation of the bridge for years to come.Thrasher Bridge Closed to Traffic Through Monday

Advertise with us!

Related Stories

  • TN/GA Regional News
  • National News
  • International News

NewsChannel9 Top Stories

Child Removed from Home with Meth Lab

Spy Camera Found in Chattanooga Business Bathroom

Report: Tennessee Children's Well-Being Improving

EPB Releases Findings of Street Light Audit

Citing Security Concerns, U.S. Airline Companies Scrap All Israel Flights

Catoosa Police Publish Home Invasion Suspect Sketch

Neighbors Throw Rocks on Man's Window to Tell Him Apartment is on Fire

Federal Appeals Court Deals Health Care Law Major Blow

GA Voters Head to the Polls in Primary Runoff

Mysterious White Flags Replace American Flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Our Tuesday Facebook Friend of the Day

Prince George Turns 1!

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Tuesday

Third Congressional District Candidates Speak At UTC Forum

Man Sought for Stealing from Children's Miracle Network

Calvin Digs Deeper Into Common Core

Bradley Co. Detectives Need Help Finding Church Thieves

Christan Taylor - A Beacon of Friendship

Busy Intersection Under Investigation After Accident

UPDATE: Biker Community Reacts to Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Chattanooga Coca-Cola Community Expands

Obama Gives Protection to Gay, Transgender Workers

Is Russia Concealing Evidence in Ukraine Plane Shootdown?

Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Chattanooga

Sideroads: Mayfield Farm

Man Adopts a Fine Feathered Friend

Our Monday Facebook Friend of the Day

Middle East Crisis

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Monday

Conserving Water in Chattanooga

Mothers Demanding Stop To Gang-Related Violence

Legendary Actor James Garner Dies

McMinn Sheriff Warns of Scam

Disabled Sports Despite Rain

Chattanooga Woman Using Birthday To Promote Kindness

Restaurants Take Measures To Avoid Over-Serving Customers

Cleveland Crash Survivor Shares His Story

Lawyer Weighs in on Police Order to Destroy Video

McMinn County Murder Suspects in Court

House Fire Training Ends For New Recruits

Obama Protestors Hang Signs at Hamilton Place Overpass

LaFayette Culinary Center Makes Quick Work of Lunch

David's Picks for the Weekend

Kickball Craze Hits Chattanooga

TN Family Invents "Handlebar Helmet"

What We Know, And Don't Know, One Day after Crash of Malaysian Plane

Fire Department Trainees Gather for Customary 'Fiery Photo'

Early Voting Underway in Tennessee, Ending in Georgia

President's Special Address on Plane Shoot-down and Gaza Conflict

FedEx Intends to Fight Drug Shipment Allegations

Campaign Finance Complaint Filed Against Weston Wamp

'Shocking' Jail Problems in Grundy County

Growing Wildfire Empties Washington Town

M17 Shootdown - Calling for an International Investigation

Our Friday Facebook Friend of the Day

Amazing Precision - They Did Try This at Home

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Friday

Snakes Galore - No Rule Against 200 Serpents in House

Rookie Firefighters Staring Down the Beast

Memorial Services Honor The Life Of Cleveland Judge Bill Moss

Settlement Reached for Past Due Liquor Taxes in Hamilton County

Israel & Gaza "Cheat Sheet:" How the Conflict Got to This Point

3 Arrested in McMinn County Murder

2 Women from Athens, Temporarily 'Lost at Sea'

U.S. Officials Believe Malaysian Flight Was Shot Down

Former NTSB Chairman Jim Hall's Take on Malaysian Plane Crash in Ukraine

Israel Launches Ground Offensive into Gaza Strip

Neighbors React to Catoosa County Home Invasion

Chattanooga Fire Department Cadets to Burn Down House Friday

Camp Teaches 7-Year-Olds To Code

VW Plans Welcome Center in Downtown Chattanooga

Dog Hailed as Hero for Alerting Deaf Boy to Fire

2nd Person Dies Following Tuesday's Wreck on Hwy 153

Bank Robbers, Hostage Killed in Hail of Gunfire, Caught on Tape

Couple Calls 911 on Crazed Cat

Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Rises, Still Down from 2013

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Thursday

Our Thursday Facebook Friend of the Day

Hollywood Minute: Beatles Movie, Garth's Comeback and Jillian Bails

International Deaf Tennis in Scenic City

Truck Fire Shuts Down I-75N

Vandals Strike Collegedale Academy

Animal Shelter Accidentally Kills Dalton Dog

Man Ducks Down in Seat to Survive Crash

OOPS! Lizard Takes Live Bathroom Break on This N That

Victim of Machete Attack over Dog Poop Speaks Out

Former Grundy Sheriff's Captain Indicted

Two Men Convicted of Travelling to Murray County to Have Sex with a Minor

GA Hires 100 New Child Protective Workers

Track 29 Challenges Chattanooga's Noise Ordinance

Collegedale Mural Given Go-Ahead

Chattanooga Firefighters Training to Fight Fires with a Real House

Garden Thieves to Garden Volunteers

Chief Fred Fletcher: "There's No Price Tag on Saving Lives"

Man Sets Fire to House While Trying to Kill Spider

70-year-old Man Charged After 100 Marijuana Plants Found

Investigators Seek Witnesses to Deadly Tuesday Crash on Hwy. 153

Comcast Apologizes for 'Unacceptable' Customer Service Call

Victim Identified in Deadly Crash in Bradley County Tuesday

Monkey Biz at the Movies - Chimps Attend Planet of the Apes

Advertise with us!

Newsmax Headlines

Sponsored content

Business News

Federal appeals court deals blow to health law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's a big decision concerning the big business of health care.

Consumer Info

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News

"SONS OF ANARCHY" GUEST STARS FOR FINAL SEASON

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Malcolm-Jamal Warner won't be anything like a Cosby kid in his next role.

Get This

FRANKIE'S BIKINIS

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Nineteen-year-old Francesca Aiello (ah-YEHL'-oh) is making waves with her bikinis.

Science/Tech News

IN THE NEWS: U.S. EMBASSY APOLOGIZES FOR STAFFER TWEET

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Whoops!


 

Tonight on WTVC NewsChannel 9

7:00 Wheel of Fortune

7:30 Jeopardy

8:00 Extreme Weight Lose

10:00 Celebrity Wife Swap

11:00 NewsChannel 9

11:35 Jimmy Kimmel Live

Complete Schedule »


Road Trippin
No Text Zone
Pay It Forward
Storm Track 9 Radar
Storm Track 9 Weather App