October 2018

Project to turn Highway 27 into parking lot almost complete

After years of construction work and millions of dollars, officials announced that the project to turn the downtown Chattanooga section of U.S. Route 27 into a parking lot is almost complete.

“Many people have complained about the lack of parking downtown, so this is a win-win situation,” said Kelly Sothton, a representative for the project.

“Previously, we had a massive construction project to move the traffic bottleneck from the Signal Mountain Road exit up to the Olgiati Bridge,” said Sothton. “In a brilliant move, we retained the congestion but just moved it to a different place.”

“However, traffic was still moving, although slowly,” said Sothton. “We told ourselves, ‘We can do better than this. We can make traffic come to a complete stop.'”