UPDATE: Both lanes of the bridge on I-75 South over I-24 West in Chattanooga are back open.  TDOT's spokesperson says it reopened around 2:00 a.m. EDT Monday, April 8, 2019. 

TDOT will perform minor work, such as milling and paving, later this week. This work will require short-term closures and be done during non-peak hours.


PREVIOUS STORY: TDOT crews have reopened a portion of the I-75 South overpass that was closed because a barrier beam collapsed on Monday morning.

Only one lane of the overpass is open.

TDOT says only one lane of the overpass will be open for the next 3 to 4 weeks.

The overpass was shut down around 11:30 Monday morning when a portion of the barrier fell onto the I-24 West on-ramp.

Officials say one person was injured when they drove into the barrier.

Police say the crash victim, whose name has not been released, had non life-threatening injuries.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: TDOT crews have reopened the portion of I-75 North that leads to the I-24 West on ramp, following a beam collapse on Monday morning.

All lanes of I-75 South remain closed at this time.

According to TDOT's traffic website, one lane of the I-75 South overpass will reopen by 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: TDOT crews are working to reopen the I-75/I-24 split, following a beam collapse that shut down the intersection on Monday.

TDOT crews have removed the beam that was hanging from the I-75 South overpass of I-24 West.

TDOT crews are now working to replace the beam that fell from the overpass and remove the debris from I-24 West.

TDOT officials say they hope to have I-24 West reopened by tonight or Tuesday morning. One lane of I-75 South that was affected by the collapse will remain closed for the next 3 to 4 weeks.

TDOT officials say the overpass is inspected every two years. The last inspection in 2018 showed the overpass was in good condition, according to TDOT officials.

Here is the full inspection report from TDOT:

Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

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PREVIOUS STORY: A section of the concrete barriers on Interstate 75 South overpass of Interstate 24 collapsed Monday morning onto I-24 West, closing the road.

A car then hit the rail on Interstate 24 and injured the driver. Police say the driver's injuries are not life-threatening.

Backups stretched both north and sound along I-75. The I-24 Westbound ramp to I-24 is closed.

Currently, there are few alternate routes if you're on the interstates. Surface roads around the East Ridge/Ringgold Road area, East Brainerd Road and others are flooded with traffic.

Crews were able to bring down the concrete beam that was hanging over I-24 West.

TDOT officials say they hope to have I-24 West reopened by Monday night or Tuesday morning. One lane of I-75 South that was affected by the collapse will remain closed for the next 3 to 4 weeks.

The interchange, known as the 'split' by many longtime residents, is set for a makeover that has already begun, with the contract awarded in late 2018.

TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn shared an update:

All lanes are currently blocked I-75 North to I-24 West due to a concrete railing collapse. The concrete railing fell from the I-75 South overpass. Responders have also closed the ramp from I-75 South to I-75 South. All southbound vehicles have been re-routed to I-24 West.

TDOT officials say the overpass is inspected every two years. The last inspection in 2018 showed the overpass was in good condition, according to TDOT officials.

The cause of the collapse is unknown. Officials say they are reviewing video to see if a vehicle or over-sized load may have caused it.

"If you get in this traffic you are going to be sitting here for a while," a CPD officer said during a press conference.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area.

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