TVA To Close One Lane Each Direction on Highway 153 Across Chickamauga Dam
November 8, 2010
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Traffic on the four-lane Wilkes T. Thrasher Bridge on State Highway 153 across the Chickamauga Dam will be restricted to one lane in each direction Monday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Nov. 19, for routine bridge inspection.
The northbound and southbound lanes will be merged to one lane from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST at various times. In the event of bad weather, the inspection will be rescheduled.
Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider another route. TVA Police will be assisting with the lane closures.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities and supplies up to 33,700 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.
Travis Brickey, Knoxville, (865) 632-6263
Media Relations, Knoxville (865) 632-6000