One more lane open on Hixson Pike for start of school

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Good news for those traveling on Hixson Pike, a plan is in place to help ease traffic for the first day of school — this, after a water main broke near the intersection of Hixson Pike and Lupton Drive.

Traffic had previously been reduced to two lanes.

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But now instead of just two lanes, the city has opened up a third lane in hopes of alleviating rush hour traffic.

Tuesday contracting crews prepared the road for the start of school by placing metal plates over the maintenance holes.

“During all arrivals and departures, we’ll have two lanes open going northbound, and one lane going southbound. There will be an additional officer on site during all arrivals and departures to help the school patrol officer and have both driveways flowing as smoothly as we can,” Ben Taylor of the Chattanooga Department of Transportation said.

The end is near for all those affected by the construction and lane closures.

“They’ve finished installing the pipe which is 600 feet,” Tennessee American Water’s Daphne Kirksey said. “The next step is they’re doing testing which will take all this week. It includes testing for bacteria, making sure that the pipes are clean. They’re going to flush the pipes, and they’ll also be testing for pressure.”

Kirksey said they hope to have the project and the paving done in about three weeks.

“We’ve been all aiming for the deadline of school starting,” Taylor said. “Unfortunately, the weather hit us, so we’re behind, but they know the importance of all the folks dropping off their kids, so we’re all going to work together to get them in and out.”

“We just thank everyone’s patience. Hopefully once this repair is done, that will prevent future breaks here at this spot which does have a big impact on traffic, and ask everyone to be really safe an alert as they drive through this,” Kirksey said.

The Department of Transportation will close that extra lane during non-peak hours so crews with Tennessee American Water can continue their work.

So pay close attention when driving through this area, or take an alternate route.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."