Northbound traffic travels on Interstate 75 approaching the I-24 split. A public hearing this week will examine plans to rebuild the I-75 / I-24 interchange to add lanes and improve safety. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- It's an old story for some Chattanooga commuters: Sitting in stalled traffic, late for work or dinner, while tow trucks haul mangled wrecks off the pavement at the Interstate 75/24 split.
Someday -- maybe not too long from now -- that could change.
State transportation planners this week will unveil ideas for a massive rebuilding of the 75/24 split that aims to make the river of cars and trucks flow better and more safely.
That's welcome news to Sgt. Gary Martin in the Chattanooga Police Department's traffic division. He's one of the guys who get called when a southbound truck on I-75 falls off the two-lane concrete bridge or a northbound trucker dumps his rig in the sharp right-angle turn just past the Tennessee Welcome Center.