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Special Events & Street Closures

Chattanooga Street Closure Map

Click here to open a full screen, zoom-able map with a legend showing all current closures.  You can zoom and pan to find more detailed information about each closure.

 IRONMAN Chattanooga is Sunday September 28, 2014!

Chattanooga DOT welcomes IRONMAN this weekend. 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 beginning Sunday at 4:30 am and running until 12:30 am Monday. There will also be extra shuttles running the route. Bike Chattanooga staff will be at bike share stations to assist folks renting a bike.

Public activities start Saturday morning at with a kid's race at 9 and the IRONMAN Expo area will be open on the Chattanooga Green from 10-5.

The Tennessee River will be closed to pleasure crafts between Ross's Landing and the Chickamauga Dam from midnight Saturday 27 until noon on Sunday September 28. This includes the Rivermont Park and Tennessee Riverpark boat ramps.

Ironman starts early Sunday morning with the swim portion at 7:15 and athletes will be transitioning to the bike race from about 8 until 10 am. Traffic will be stopped from crossing the cyclists' lane when they are present between 8 and 6pm on W 20th Street, Market Street, and Alton Park Blvd. Runners will be on the Riverwalk, Amnicola Hwy, the Veterans Bridge, Barton Avenue, Hixson Pike, and Riverview Road between 3pm and midnight.

The resources below will allow spectators to make the most of this unprecedented opportunity for Chattanooga.

Spectator Guide

Traffic Guide


Contact the Chattanooga DOT with any questions at 423-643-5950


Special events, block parties and other street closures

The City of Chattanooga requires anyone desiring to temporarily close a city street(s) or portion(s) thereof to submit a permit application to the City Transportaion Department with a $100 non-refundable application fee, a minimum of 90 days before the planned closure (only exception is for block parties outside the central business district with less than 50 participants, for which minimum is 30 days and fee is $25).  Block parties, parades, runs, walks, festivals, or any other events which take place on a city street would require this permit.  Each year there is a steady increase in the number of requests for special event street closures. As a result, we occasionally have problems with conflicting or overlapping dates or sites. The ordinance has provisions which limit the number of events to no more than three in one day and events are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.  Printing of brochures or committing to a specific date should not be done until after the permit has been approved. 

Special Event permit application may be downloaded or obtained from the Transportation Department in Suite 3030 of the Development Resource Center at 1250 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN, 37402 or by calling (423) 643-5950.  If electricity will be used at the event, then follow these instructions to coordinate with the Electrical Inspection Office.

An event can need several permits. The Transportation Department has put together this chart with contact information and links to forms that could be needed in addition to the street closure permit: EventProcess.pdf


Transforming public places

Chattanooga's Transportation Department is accepting applications to transform public rights-of-way such as sidewalks, on-street parking spaces, travel lanes, and full street widths into active, inviting streets.  Pedestrian-centered projects expand public spaces, calm traffic, and increase safety for people who walk, bike, and take transit. They also encourage walking and bicycling, build a sense of community, and increase foot traffic for local businesses.  Organizations and business owners can use this form for a Transportation Department review of enhancement projects in the City right-of-way.  Applicants will need to identify an appropriate site, show neighborhood support for the project, raise funds required for materials and installation, and provide long-term management, maintenance, and operations of the project.  Transportation Department staff will work with the applicant to create a plan that can be presented to City Council for final approval.

Possible projects to bring your community to life:

Bicycle Corrals - repurposing an on-street parking space with bicycle racks—enough space for 10 bicycles to lock up in place of one car.



Parklets - small spaces that expand the sidewalk into parking spaces or travel lanes to provide amenities and green space.


Pedestrian Plaza - creates accessible pedestrian zone in a commercial area by closing a street to most automobile traffic. Emergency vehicles have access at all times and delivery vehicles are restricted.



Resources to empower citizens in reclaiming their public space.

NACTO Urban Street Design Guide: http://nacto.org/usdg/

Reclaiming Public Space: http://issuu.com/civicdesigncenter/docs/ncdc_reclaimingpublicspace/1





























Development Resource Center
1250 Market Street, Suite 3030 (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Office Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: (423) 643-5950

Request new or report problems with existing traffic control devices by calling 311 (or (423) 425-6311 ) to access the City of Chattanooga's one-stop call center.

Brian May