UPDATE: Months after sinkhole formed, all lanes of traffic restored on Highway 111

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UPDATE (Mar. 21):

All lanes of traffic have finally been restored, nearly six months after a sinkhole formed on Highway 111.

In September, a 42" pipe collapsed near a southbound truck runaway ramp near Soddy-Daisy.

On Thursday, a TDOT spokesperson told us a contractor will have intermittent lane closures during non-peak hours on the southbound side to address punch list items.

They estimate the project will be completed in April.

UPDATE (Feb. 4):

Construction is underway to get this area addressed, according to a TDOT spokesperson.

A contractor is working on repairing the area and replacing the collapsed 42” pipe that caused the sinkhole.

The estimated project completion date is April 30, 2019.

The roadway will continue to be down to one lane while the project is underway.

UPDATE (Oct. 16):

TDOT says repairs are still in the works weeks after a sinkhole opened up near a truck runaway ramp on Highway 111.

One lane of traffic is still closed on 111.

A TDOT spokesperson says they've found an issue with a drainage system under the road, and that they will need to hire a contractor to fix it.

TDOT has not released a date for when the road will be repaired.

Depend on us to keep you posted as we learn more.

UPDATE (Sept. 27):

TDOT says plans to repair a sinkhole on Highway 111 can't begin until weather improves and rain stops.

A sinkhole formed Wednesday night near a truck runaway ramp on the highway's southbound side near Soddy-Daisy. It then collapsed that night. Currently, the right lane and shoulder are closed.

TDOT says if weather permits, crews will install a barrier rail and begin excavating the sinkhole Friday morning. They expect to keep one lane of traffic open during repairs.

They will then fill the area with new material and the road will be repaved.

TDOT isn't certain how long the repair will take.

Depend on us to keep you posted as we learn more.


A sinkhole that formed on Highway 111 South during Wednesday's heavy rains will be an issue for drivers at least through Friday.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) identified the sinkhole Wednesday around noon, and it collapsed late Wednesday night.

The THP says the right southbound lane is closed, near the bottom of the mountain going into Soddy-Daisy, and that will be the case until crews can make repairs. For that to happen, though, the rain needs to let up, and our StormTrack 9 team says that won't be until Friday.

We have a crew on the scene giving live updates on Good Morning Chattanooga.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

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