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Market Street Bridge
By 1911, load limits and costly repairs of the Walnut Street Bridge led officials to begin planning for a new bridge. Many officials and residents of Chattanooga wanted a Market Street Bridge because so much of the traffic crossing the river was destined for Market Street, the commercial center of downtown. But officials also wanted a concrete bridge because maintenance would be easier. Construction began in 1914, and the Bridge opened in 1917.