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CONTRACTOR STARTS EARLY WORK, MATERIALS DELIVERIES AT I-75/I-24 'SPLIT' - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

Gallery: Contractor starts early work, materials deliveries at I-75/I-24 'Split' +4 more photos More Info SPLIT' FAST FACTS A study by the Road Safety Audit Review program in 2006 found: * The crash ratio at 5.75 at the Interstate 75/Interstate 24 interchange far exceeded the minimum threshold of 3.5 * Truck rollovers are common both northbound and southbound on I-75 * There are a high number of rear-end and sideswipe crashes on northbound I-75 due to short merging distances between exit 1 and the Split * Welcome Center on-ramps and off-ramps also contribute to crashes Source: Interstate Access Request Interstate 75 at Interstate 24, TDOT June 2012 Orange barrels are piling up at "the Split" as preliminary work begins on a $132.5 million project to rebuild the Interstate 75/Interstate 24 interchange at the Tennessee-Georgia state line. As summer shifts into high gear, motorists will see equipment and construction materials like dirt and gravel arriving at the site. An estimated 124,000 vehicles a day travel the Split, which is known for its daily backups, outdated merge lanes and frequent crashes. "The project is just starting," Jennifer Flynn, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, said in an email. "Heavy construction will ...

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