3-year highway project in Chattanooga nearing completion

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee Department of Transportation official says the three-year reconstruction of U.S. 27 in Chattanooga is nearly complete.

TDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1Aw5Hse) that the $105.6 million road project is the most expensive the agency has undertaken in southeastern region of the state.

The project turned four lanes of highway into six through lanes, with eight in the more heavily congested areas.

The project, which began in December 2011, is expected to wrap up this year.

Tony Newman is construction, engineering and inspection manager for Volkert Inc., the company overseeing the project for TDOT.

Newman says project is in its final stage, but final paving and pavement markings will have to be done when temperatures are warmer.