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Interstate 24 West - Chattanooga

Interstate 24 west
Ramps from Interstate 75 (Exit 2) come together at the Spring Creek Road overpass to form the westbound beginning of Interstate 24. The freeway continues one half mile to the Exit 184 diamond interchange with Moore Road. Frontage Roads, named North and South Terrace Road, provide the movements to Moore Road at Exit 184. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Adjacent North Terrace Road comes into view at the first Interstate 24 westbound mileage sign that highlights the distances to both Nashville and Birmingham (via Interstate 59). The first of three Interstate 59 trailblazers posted in Tennessee reference the 16-mile drive westbound drivers must travel to reach the freeway southbound beginning. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Exit 184 leaves Interstate 24 westbound at the McBrien Road over crossing. Moore Road travels 3.7 miles overall between U.S. 41 & 76 (Ringgold Road) in Eastridge to Shallowford Road in east Chattanooga. Moore Road also intersects U.S. 11 (Brainard Road) near the Brainard neighborhood and the Eastgate Town Center (former Eastgate Mall) nearby. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Interstate 24 west continues next to the Exit 183A slip ramp for Belvoir Avenue and Germantown Road, north-south surface roads joining East Ridge with Chattanooga's Brainard community. Exit 183A serves Tennessee Temple University. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Westbound at the Exit 183A split-diamond interchange on Interstate 24. North Terrace Road intersects Belvoir Road first, a road joining the freeway with U.S. 41 & 76 (Ringgold Road) to the south and U.S. 11 (Brainard Road) to the north. Germantown Road also links the freeway with U.S. 41 & 76 to the south, but continues north of the U.S. 11 commercial strip to North Brainerd and Tunnel Road to Pineoak Heights. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Interstate 24 westbound reassurance shield posted between the Exit 183A off-ramp and the Germantown Road on-ramp. Trucks are restricted to the right-hand two lanes through here. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Chattanooga city limits sign posted at the Germantown Road under crossing. Interstate 24 makes a sweeping curve from Exit 183A west to Exit 181A (eastbound only). Photo taken 06/18/05.

A second Interstate 24 westbound shield posted after the Exit 183A on-ramp. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Seminole Drive and Crest Road pass over the freeway at different heights along the curved portion of Interstate 24 in east Chattanooga. Both U.S. 11 (McCallie Avenue) and U.S. 41 & 76 (Ringgold Road) travel in tunnels through Missionary Ridge while Interstate 24 utilizes a combination of grade level and viaduct roadway. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Interstate 24 curves back to the west toward Fourth Avenue (Exit 181). Travelers are warned of the sharp curve between the Old Ringgold Road overpass and the U.S. 41 & 76 (Westside Drive) on-ramp. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Lookout Mountain (2,392 feet) comes into view on the Interstate 24 westbound curve near the Westside Drive underpass. Photo taken 06/18/05.
The U.S. 41 & 76 (Westside Drive) on-ramp forms an exit-only lane to Exit 181 (Fourth Avenue) on Interstate 24 west. U.S. 41 north & 76 west turn onto Dodds Avenue north from Westside Drive at 23rd Street. 23rd Street stems west along Interstate 24 to 4th Avenue and Kelley Street at the Oak Grove community. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Westbound Interstate 24 at the Exit 181 diamond interchange. Intersecting the six-lane freeway below is the north-south 4th Avenue. The surface boulevard transitions into Kelley Street to U.S. 41 & 76 (Main Street) north of the freeway. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Rossville Boulevard interacts with Interstate 24 at a three-quarter cloverleaf interchange (Exit 180A/B). U.S. 27 northbound enters Interstate 24 westbound at the interchange as Tennessee 8 begins and travels into downtown via Rossville Boulevard west. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Exit 180A quickly departs Interstate 24 west to Tennessee 8 (Rossville Boulevard) north. Rossville Boulevard parallels Interstate 24 northwest to 23rd Street and Central Avenue; Central Avenue leads northward to the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Tennessee 8 otherwise continues 1.25 miles to its merge with U.S. 41 & 76 (Main Street). Photo taken 06/18/05.
Interstate 24 westbound at the Exit 180B cloverleaf ramp for U.S. 27 (Rossville Boulevard) southbound. The US highway travels a short distance to the Georgia state line, serving the communities of Rossville, Lakeview, and Beverly Hills on the Peach State side of the border. U.S. 27 continues south from there to Chickamauga Battlefield. Photo taken 08/23/03.
Before Interstate 24 & U.S. 27 can grow accustomed to one another, the two part ways after a one mile overlap. The 0.75 mile guide sign of Exit 179 is displayed for the U.S. 27 northbound departure and associated Market and 21st Street (U.S. 11-41-64) off-ramps. Interests to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Historic Site are advised to take Exit 178, interests to the Tennessee Aquarium should use U.S. 27 north to 4th Street. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Interstate 24 & U.S. 27 expand to four westbound lanes in anticipation of the Exit 178 partition. The US highway departs via a collector/distributor roadway one mile ahead of the actual U.S. 27 north-south freeway (Interstate 124). The parallel roadway interacts with a pair of partial cloverleaf interchanges. These junctions serve Market Street and the U.S. 11-41-64 overlap of Broad Street (via 21st Street). Photo taken 06/18/05.
The Interstate 24 westbound split with U.S. 27 northbound (Interstate 124). Interstate 124, an off again on again signed Interstate, constitutes the southern most 1.97 miles of the U.S. 27 downtown area freeway. The designation was once fully signed but has since been relegated to hidden or secret status. The Interstate portion of highway includes the Exit 178 stack interchange and freeway northward to the Tennessee River. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Entering the Exit 178 c/d roadway of U.S. 27 & Interstate 124 northbound at the Market Street northbound off-ramp (Tennessee Secondary 58). Tennessee SSR 58 travels northward into the central business district of Chattanooga. Photo taken 06/18/05.
U.S. 27 & Interstate 124 northbound c/d roadway at the Market Street southbound ramp and 21st Street ramp to U.S. 11-41-64 (Broad Street). The ramp forks into two branches: a cloverleaf ramp for traffic to Tennessee SSR 58 south and a slip ramp onto 21st Street west. The 21st Street connection allows motorists to reach Broad Street in three blocks. From there U.S. 11-41-64 travel southward along the Cummings Highway to Lookout Mountain. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Interstate 24 hugs the Tennessee River as it skirts the north reaches of Lookout Mountain. U.S. 11-41-64-72 (Cummings Highway) and a Norfolk Southern Railroad line also share space between the mountain and waterway. Photos taken 06/18/05.
Continuing west, Interstate 24 enters the Tiftonia community of west Chattanooga and meets Browns Ferry Road (Exit 175). Photo taken 06/18/05.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 24 with Browns Ferry Road at Tiftonia. The exit provides connections with U.S. 11-41-64-72 (Cummings Highway) and Lookout Mountain to the south. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Exit 175 leaves Interstate 24 westbound for Browns Ferry Road. Browns Ferry Road leads northward from the freeway to Andrea Heights and Valley Village along the west side of the Tennessee River. Photo taken 06/18/05.
U.S. 41-64-72 cross paths with Interstate 24 at the Exit 174 diamond interchange on the western outskirts of Chattanooga. The four-way overlap of U.S. 11-41-64-72 follow Broad Street south from downtown Chattanooga to Cummings Highway west around Lookout Mountain. U.S. 11 splits from the remaining trio east of Exit 174 along Birmingham Highway. Photo taken 06/18/05.
U.S. 41 south & U.S. 64-72 west continue along Cummings Highway west from Interstate 24, Exit 174 to Cummings Gap and the Marion County line. From there, the three follow the Tennessee River to Haletown. Photo taken 06/18/05.
Only six more miles to junction Interstate 59 in north Georgia from Interstate 24 west of U.S. 11-41-64-72 outside of Chattanooga. While the US highways circumvent Racoon and Aetna Mountains to the north, Interstate 24 travels around the hills to the south, briefly skimming north Georgia in the process. Photos taken 06/18/05.
Dual mileage sign for the Interstate 24 westbound control city of Nashville and Interstate 59 southbound to Birmingham. Growing Murfreesboro lies 91 miles west from Interstate 24's entrance into Georgia. Photo taken 06/18/05.
U.S. 11 (Birmingham Highway) parts ways with U.S. 41-64-72 west of Chattanooga for Wildwood, Georgia east of Interstate 24. Georgia 299 provides a connection to the parallel US highway at Exit 169. Georgia uses Tennessee mileposts for the interchange numbers of its two Interstate 24 exits. Photo taken 06/18/05.


Photo Credits:
    2003-08-23 by AARoads and Justin Cozart. 2005-06-18 by AARoads.

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