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"The Walnut": A Beloved Public Place

The Walnut Street Bridge is one of Chattanooga’s most beloved public places. Built in 1890, the bridge has stood the test of time, a symbol and connection to some of Chattanooga’s most proud and more troublesome times. Once the bridge was closed to cars in the late 1970s, it remained closed and forgotten for nearly a decade until a group of private citizens raised over $10 million for its renovation and reopening as a lateral park that connected Chattanooga’s south and northside.

Today, we have an important project underway to restore the bridge back to its former glory and secure its place as a historic landmark in our City.

After nearly 20 years without significant maintenance, the City has undertaken a $14 million renovation of the Walnut Street Bridge to stabilize the pillars, repair decking and paint, and refurbish the lighting design with one of Chattanooga’s largest public art projects to date. To complete the project, the bridge will need to be closed for different periods of time, but the City will make sure that ample notice is given to the community. If you frequent the bridge, please make sure to text the word "walnut" to 313131 to stay up to date about closures and construction updates.