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State Route 1 (US 441) Broadway Viaduct

Knox County


Transportation projects are developed in four phases: Planning and Environmental, Design, Right-of-Way (ROW), and Construction. The replacement of the Broadway Viaduct is currently in the Construction phase.

Let to Contract:             5/10/2019
Contractor:                     Bell & Associates Construction
Bid Price:                         $17,356,589.84
Est. Completion Date: August 2022

Construction activities began on July 19, 2019, with the installation of traffic signs. Demolition will be completed in two phases. All work, including demolition and reconstruction, will require a long-term closure of the roadway. The Broadway Viaduct was CLOSED to all traffic on Sunday, November 3, 2019. For more information on the closure and detours, visit the Overview section of the project website.


Project Update:

Monday, July 6, 2020 - Friday, July 31, 2020:  

The contractor is continuing demolition at the south end of theproject near the railroad tracks. Because of the nearby local businesses and the existence of the railways below the existing structure, demolition of the bridge is an intricate and precise process to ensure the safety of workers and the public. The contractor will continue working on the wall that serves as an abutment between the two proposed bridges. The contractor will also continue drilled shaft operations and building the  columns for the proposed bents.  

The contractor will continue to install both underground and overhead electrical lines within the project limits, more specifically along West Depot Avenue and lighting at Oak Street. The utility work may require temporary flagging operations on the accessible sections of West Depot Avenue. These flagging operations will occur during non-commute hours (9am to 3pm).

Special Lane Closures:

The Broadway Viaduct is closed to all traffic, including but not limited to motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. As described under the Closures header, this closure is a result of demolishing the existing bridge and reconstructing the new bridge. The US 441/Broadway Viaduct closure will begin south of Magnolia Avenue and end at the Oak Avenue/Jackson Avenue intersection. Detoured routes will be signed for traffic traveling North and South on US 441.   

In addition to the Broadway Viaduct closure, sections of W. Depot Avenue will be closed to motoring and pedestrian traffic from Cooper Street to west of the AT&T Building for the remaining duration of the project. Both Cooper Street and Conrad Street will be open to all traffic during this time. While the City of Knoxville’s Jackson Avenue ramp project is on-going, Oak Avenue and Jackson Avenue from North Broadway will be open to the public.