The city of Ringgold has announced it will close down a portion of Chapman Road off U.S. Highway 41 as part of a storm water maintenance project.

The Chapman Road entrance between the Sonic and Spencer B's BBQ restaurants will begin its closure on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and could last a couple of months.

For years, that portion of Chapman Road has flooded during heavy rainfall, causing residents in the Callaway Farms neighborhood

to have to find an alternate route going to and from home.

The flooding has also at times created water issues along the portion of U.S. Highway 41 in front of Chapman Road.

City officials have been working with Catoosa County for some time on a joint project to remedy the issue by raising the road to alleviate some of the creek water that builds up under Chapman Road.

The council awarded the $920,919 bid for the project in November to Rossville-based Talley Construction, with funding contributions from both the Georgia Department of Transportation, and Catoosa County.

The bid includes paving and striping on U.S. 41, the addition of three concrete box culverts to Chapman Road, and the raising of the road.

"The closure is due to the installation of a storm water structure, and the raising of the road by two feet," City Manager Dan Wright said. "This will help during flash flooding events."

Residents will still be able to access the Chapman Road area through the north entrance, which exists a little further down U.S. 41 across from Bailey's BBQ.

According to Talley Construction's project manager, Tony Wardlaw, the work is expected to run through March.

"We will begin the detour February 14, and it will last approximately 45 days," Wardlaw said.

A6 – THE CATOOSA COUNTY NEWSWednesday, February 8, 2017