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Shallowford Road to get wider; new Wilcox tunnel "inevitable"

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Not too long from now, Chattanooga commuters could be traveling on a Shallowford Road that's three to five lanes all the way between Jenkins Road and Wilcox Boulevard.

And the next step in widening a major east-west connector in Chattanooga would be a new Wilcox Boulevard tunnel that would carry three lanes of traffic from Shallowford Road to Amnicola Highway.

"It's inevitable," Mayor Ron Littlefield said this week.

The state is currently widening Shallowford Road in two places: from Jenkins Road to Gunbarrel Road, and Airport Road to Moore Road -- that project includes a wider bridge across South Chickamauga Creek.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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