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Two years after being damaged, a Kingsport bridge is getting repaired

Matthew Lane • Apr 13, 2019 at 8:30 AM

KINGSPORT — A bridge over Reedy Creek on Highway 11-W — one that’s been reduced by one lane for more than two years — is scheduled to be repaired beginning Monday.

The heavily traveled bridge is located near Arcadia Road and the Crown Colony neighborhood. It’s been a subject of discussion for residents of the area for well over two years, with folks asking when is it ever going to get repaired?

That day has finally come.

According to Mark Nagi with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, workers are expected to begin taking the asphalt off the bridge and demolish the damaged areas on Monday. A barrier rail will be moved back to the center of the travel lanes, and a wide load restriction will be in place, with a detour using Interstate 81 South to Interstate 26 West, back to Highway 11-W.

SOURCE OF THE DAMAGE

The bridge was damaged when a vehicle struck it on April 9, 2017. Nagi said the railing was damaged for a significant length, along with the curb fascia and the overhang of the deck, which separated the cantilever.

TDOT’s Regional Bridge Repair Office assessed the damage and was unable to handle the repairs in house, Nagi said. This meant the repairs had to go through TDOT’s structures division in Nashville.

“A bridge repair plan had to be designed to address the damage to the cantilever,” Nagi said. “In addition, this bridge is over a creek; therefore, environmental permits had to be prepared, requested and obtained before the project could be let to construction.”

The contract was let in February with Summers-Taylors being selected to perform the work. The $155,000 project is scheduled to wrap up by June 30.

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