CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –The Tennessee Department of Transportation has launched a major bridge rehabilitation project on the State Route 56 bridge over the Caney Fork River in Dekalb County. The bridge, commonly referred to as the “Hurricane Bridge,” was constructed in 1954 and is located 5.7 miles south of Smithville. The structure will undergo a full rehabilitation, including truss strengthening, steel repair, painting, and bridge deck removal and replacement.
The contractor for the $26.9 million project is OCCI, Inc. from Fulton, Missouri. Crews are currently installing construction signs and will begin mobilizing equipment next week. Traffic will be maintained on the bridge during the project, and the current weight posting of 10 tons for two-axle vehicles and 18 tons for vehicles with three or more axles will remain in effect. The project is slated for completion by October 31, 2013.
This project is funded through TDOT’s Better Bridges Program. Through the Better Bridges Program TDOT will replace, repair or rehabilitate 200 state owned structurally deficient bridges in Tennessee by 2013.
For travel information visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway
or call 5‑1‑1. You can also receive traffic alerts via TDOT’s multiple Twitter feeds, including statewide traffic tweets @TN511
or Chattanooga area alerts @Chattanooga511
. As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go!
by checking travel conditions before leaving for their destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.
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For more information contact:
Jennifer A. Flynn
TDOT Region Two Community Relations Officer