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Bicycle Implementation Plan


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The Chattanooga Department of Transportation welcomes the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Saturday and Sunday, September 9 & 10. We recommend that spectators and visitors park in the lots and garages surrounding downtown and utilize the Free Electric Shuttle and Bike Chattanooga bike share system. The Electric Shuttle will have extended hours for IRONMAN on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 5:00 am. There will also be extra shuttles running the route. Bike Chattanooga Ambassadors will be at bike share stations to assist folks renting a bike.

Public activities start at 6pm on Wednesday, September 6 with the “Made in Tennessee” celebration, a free concert with a headlining performance by Singer/Songwriter Carly Pearce and local opening act, Strung Like A Horse. The “Made in Tennessee” celebration will take place in front of the TN Aquarium. As part of the event, Aquarium Way will be closed between Market St. and Broad St. beginning at 1pm. Starting at 4pm, northbound Broad St. will be closed between Aquarium Way and 3rd St. In addition, 3rd St. between Market St. and Broad St. will be closed off for the event. The roads will reopen at 11pm that evening.

The IRONMAN Expo area will be open on the Chattanooga Green from 9:00 am -5:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

On Thursday, September 7, there will be a “Late For The Train“ 5K Fun Run starting at 9am. Participants will start and finish on Riverfront Parkway at the official IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship finish line. Later that day, at 4pm, there will be a Parade of Nations, a great opportunity to see the over 90 countries that will be represented in the World Championship 70.3. This is a rolling closure, with the Chattanooga Police Department leading athletes and supporters from Aquarium Plaza to the Riverfront by way of Chestnut St.

On Friday, September 8, the IRONKID's 1/2 Mile and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held at 9am on Riverfront Parkway.

Setup & Event Closure details:

Riverside Drive/Riverfront Parkway between Aquarium Way and Molly Lane, Chestnut Street between Aquarium Way and Riverfront Parkway, and the southbound Veterans Bridge ramp to Riverside Drive will be closed from 9:00 am Monday, September 4 until 5:00 am on Monday, September 11 for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship setup and race.

The Tennessee River will be closed to pleasure crafts between Ross's Landing and River Mile 469 (behind the Boathouse Restaurant) from 5:00 am until 10:30 am on Saturday and Sunday. This includes the Tennessee Riverpark boat ramps.

Ironman starts early both Saturday and Sunday mornings, with the swim portion at 6:50am and athletes will be transitioning to the bike race from about 7:30 am until 9:30am. Traffic will be stopped from crossing the cyclists' lane when they are present between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm on Riverfront Parkway, West 20th Street, Broad Street, Market Street, and Alton Park Boulevard. Runners will be on the Riverwalk, Amnicola Highway, the Veterans Bridge and Barton Avenue between 9:30am and 4:30pm.

Spectators are encouraged to make the most of this unprecedented opportunity for Chattanooga. Links to the Ironman Spectator Guide, Travel Tips, and maps of the routes can be found on CDOT's special events page.

The right eastbound lane of Riverfront Parkway between Molly Lane and Market Street, full closure of Market Street between West 20th Street and West 40th Street, West 40th Street between Alton Park Blvd and Tennessee Avenue, and the I-24 on ramp and South bound off ramp at Market Street will be closed and all streets crossing this route will be controlled by CPD officers. Ochs Highway, Sanders Rd., Guild Trail and Everett St. will be closed from 7:00 am to 11:00 am both days. The intersections of St Elmo Avenue and Virginia Avenue at West 45th Street and West 42nd Street will be 4-way Stops from 5:00 am until 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday for the bike portion. Cyclists will also be on Tennessee Avenue and St Elmo Avenue to the state line, riding with traffic.

The right eastbound lane of Frazier Avenue between Forest Avenue and the Veterans Bridge, the right northbound lane of Barton Avenue between Frazier avenue and Baker Street, the right northbound bike lane of the Veterans Bridge between East 3rd Street and Barton Avenue, the right westbound lane of Amnicola Highway between Old Curtain Pole Road and Lindsay Street, Riverside Drive between Lindsay Street and Molly Lane, the Battery Place off ramp from Riverside Drive, Aquarium Way between Riverside Drive and Walnut Street will be closed and all streets crossing this route will be controlled by CPD officers to give right-of-way to the runners from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday for the run portion.

MAP OF ALL IRONMAN 70.3 ROUTES AND ROAD CLOSURES

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The Chattanooga Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Songbirds Foundation have teamed up to offer the Block & Roll Neighborhood Block Party Grant Program, which will bring neighbors together by providing the tools and resources necessary to activate public spaces in communities throughout Chattanooga. A total of twenty-five applications were received for the grant program, and six neighborhoods were awarded funds to host their own block party.

The winning Neighborhood Associations from the 2017 Block & Roll Program are Shepherd Community Council, Menlo Park, Lupton City, Boyce Station, Eastdale and Churchville.

Reed Caldwell, the Executive Director of the Songbirds Foundation states, “We would like to extend our congratulations to all the winning neighborhoods. We are extremely excited to be a part of this program and are looking forward to seeing what each community does for their block party."

Neighborhood Block Party Grant funds will be used to cover the costs associated with

throwing a block party, including all applicable permit fees, the cost of barricades and signs required for closing a neighborhood street, and activities or entertainment for the event. In addition, through a partnership with Outdoor Chattanooga, CDOT will help facilitate additional programming as available such as archery, bike riding or kayak lessons.

The Block & Roll Neighborhood Block Party Grant is made possible thanks to funding by the Songbirds Foundation.

If you have any questions about the Neighborhood Block Party Program, please email Jonathan Susman at jsusman@chattanooga.gov or call 423-643-6156.

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Thirty American flags fly throughout the year on Chattanooga's Veterans Bridge. Since January 2003, the money to purchase each of those flags has been provided by an anonymous donor. At a rate of approximately 70 flags per year (they must be replaced periodically due to wear and tear caused by environmental conditions), over the course of the ten years, this person donated 700 flags.

In early 2014, the City was told that this citizen would no longer able to continue providing the funds for the flags. We are very grateful for his/her incredibly thoughtful and generous donation over these past 10 years.

Recently a Chattanooga businessman, Scott McKenzie, contacted Transportation to ask if he could donate a flag in honor of his father, a retired Coast Guard Captain. He explained that 10 years ago, on the occasion of his father's 90th birthday, he had donated the money to pay for one in his father's honor, and then he created a certificate, with his father's name, that proclaimed a flag on the Veterans Bridge flew in his honor. Mr. McKenzie says that of all of his father's numerous certificates and awards which cover the walls in his house, he is the most proud of that certificate for the flag on the bridge.

To mark Cpt R.T.Allen McKenzie's 100th birthday, his son Scott once again requested that he be able to provide another flag and certificate for him. Out of this gesture a new program immerged: The Veterans Bridge Flag Initiative.

Any individual who wishes to honor a service man or woman by donating the cost of a flag on the bridge may now do so. Each flag is $75 and will fly on a numbered pole on the bridge from Armed Forces Day in May until Veterans Day in November. Another 30 flags will then be raised on Veterans Day and fly until Armed Forces Day. Each honoree will be given a personalized proclamation, signed by Mayor Andy Berke, recognizing their service and listing the pole number from which their flag flies.

The five poles in the center of the west side of the bridge will fly flags permanently in memory of the five servicemen who perished in the July 2015 tragedy.

 

How to Apply

For many years, flags have been flown proudly on Chattanooga's Veterans Bridge in honor of the men and women who served in our nation's armed forces. In response to numerous requests from the citizens of Chattanooga, the City has created a program through which individuals may honor veterans by purchasing flags in their names. A $75 donation will provide a flag which will fly on the Veterans Bridge and a mayoral proclamation recognizing the honoree's dedicated service.

  • Each pole will have an assigned, unique number so that donors, friends, and family members will be able to identify which flag has been donated on behalf of the honoree.
  • One Mayoral proclamation per flag will be created. The proclamation may honor an individual, family or organization.
  • The flag will fly for 6 months or until such time as weather damage requires its replacement, whichever comes first.
  • Checks or money orders for $75 per flag payable to the City of Chattanooga mailed to Chattanooga Department of Transportation, Flag Initiative, 1250 Market St, Suite 3030, Chattanooga, TN 37402.
  • Once removed, the flag can be provided to the donor, if desired, or will be donated to the Boy Scouts of America. Flags must be picked up within 30 days from the VBFI Coordinator (Caroline C Johnson) at CDOT Traffic Operations Division, 1010 East 11th Street, Chattanooga TN 37403
  • Due to the limited number of poles, flags will be displayed on a first come, first served basis. Because of the strong response we have received for donations this year, it may be up to a year or possibly longer before the flag you donated is raised on the bridge. In all cases we will send you a notice and, if requested, the proclamation when the flag is raised.

 

Click Here for the Application

Example Proclamation Here

 

Below are two alternative routes to avoid the construction on Broad St. for the drainage system improvements taking place June 2nd until August 31st. 

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Detour map for Lookout Mtn. traffic heading into downtown Chattanooga from Scenic Hwy.

To avoid congestion on Broad St., motorists traveling to downtown Chattanooga should travel down Scenic Hwy. and turn left on Old Wauhatchie Pike to travel west on Cummings Hwy. to Browns Ferry Rd. From there, motorists can access 24 E towards Chattanooga.

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Detour map for Lookout Mtn. traffic heading into downtown Chattanooga from St. Elmo and Ochs Hwy.

To avoid congestion in the St. Elmo area, motorists traveling to downtown Chattanooga should travel down Ochs Hwy., turn right on Tennessee Ave., left on W. 40th St., left on Alton Park Blvd. which then turns into northbound Market St.

Motorists coming north on St. Elmo Ave. should turn right on W. 42nd St. and continue on to Tennessee Ave. From there, motorists should turn right on W. 40th St. and left on Alton Park Blvd. to access Market St. and downtown.

Motorists traveling north on Tennessee Ave. should continue on until turning right on W. 40th St. and left on Alton Park Blvd. to access Market St. and downtown.

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Passenger Rail Study

October 22nd Public Meeting Slides

 
 
View the three alternatives from January's Meeting

Alternative 1 - -Maximize Existing INfrastructure

Alternative 2 - Economic Development

Alternative 3 - Mobility

 

Photo by Phillip Stevens & Matt Lea