State Route 1 (US 441) Broadway Viaduct

Knox County

Timeline

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 31, 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 Updates:

November 28, 2022

The bridge was completely opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic on October 31, 2022.  All project work has been completed. Currently waiting on project acceptance from utilities and Norfolk Southern Railroad.  

September 26, 2022

The bridge was opened to vehicular traffic on August 31, 2022. The bridge remains closed to pedestrians. The contractor is continuing to work on installing the bridge lighting. Sidewalk and curb and gutter at the North end of the project is being installed.   

August 31, 2022

The Broadway Viaduct is now open to vehicular traffic. Bicycle lanes and sidewalks remain closed as work continues on this project.

August 25, 2022

The contractor is working on installing the bridge lighting. Bridge fencing is currently being installed. Curb and gutter and sidewalk at the North end of the project is being installed.  Paving activities will follow curb and gutter completion.  

July 28, 2022

The contractor has installed bridge lighting. The contractor began filling the North Intersection to match proposed elevation. Curb and gutter is being installed. Paving activities will follow curb and gutter completion.

July 1, 2022

The contractor completed construction of the parapet across the whole bridge. The contractor began filling the Northern intersection to match proposed elevation. The pedestrian handrail at the Southeastern Glass Building was installed.  

May 31, 2022

The contractor completed construction of the parapet wall on Wall 2 and began construction of the parapet rail on Wall 1. The contractor completed work on the storm system at the North end of the project and installed the deck drain tie-in at the South end of the project. The contractor constructed the retaining wall along the intersection of Depot Ave and Broadway. The contractor also pulverized the asphalt at the North intersection to prepare the area for fill.

April 27, 2022

The contractor installed rebar, formed, and poured concrete for the parapet wall on the West side of Bridge 1 and began construction of the parapet rail on Wall 2. The contractor continued working on the storm system on the North end of the project. The water subcontractor completed the installation of the new waterline at the intersection of North Broadway and Depot Avenue. The electrical subcontractor completed the installation of the hanger system underneath the bridge and installed a manhole on the North end of the Project.

April 4, 2022

The contractor installed rebar, formed, and poured concrete for the parapet wall on the West side of Bridge 1 and began construction of the parapet rail on Wall 2. The contractor continued working on the storm system on the North end of the project. The water subcontractor completed the installation of the new waterline at the intersection of North Broadway and Depot Avenue. The electrical subcontractor completed the installation of the hanger system underneath the bridge and installed a manhole on the North end of the Project.

March 1, 2022

The contractor formed, installed rebar, and poured 77 feet of sidewalk on the East side of Bridge 2. The contractor began installing rebar, forming, and pouring concrete for the parapet wall on the North end of Bridge 1. The contractor continued working on the storm system on the North end of the project. The contractor made repairs to the retaining wall on the South end of Bridge 1 at Oak Avenue.  

January 25, 2022

The contractor formed, installed rebar, and poured both grade beams on Wall 2. The contractor installed rebar and poured concrete for the pavement on Wall 2. The contractor resumed working on the storm system on the North end of the project. The contractor completed the parapet wall on Bridge 2.  

December 22, 2021

The contractor performed dry runs and poured concrete for Pour Sequences 10, 11, 12, and 13 on the Bridge 1 deck. The contractor installed the expansion device on the North end of Bridge 1. The contractor completed jackhammering, excavating, and backfilling the remnants of various bents from the original bridge. The contractor completed backfilling Wall 2 and patching the penetrations. The contractor continued placing forms for the parapet rail and poured the first 150 feet.  

November 29, 2021

The contractor performed dry runs and poured concrete for Pour Sequences 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 on the Bridge 1 deck. The contractor continued to jackhammer, excavate, and backfill the remnants of various bents from the original bridge. The contractor began backfilling Wall 2 and continued patching the penetrations. The contractor began placing forms for the parapet rail.

October 22, 2021

The contractor finished placing rebar on the Bridge 1 deck.  The contractor poured concrete for Pour Sequences 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the Bridge 1 deck. The contractor continued to jack-hammer, excavate, and backfill the remnants of various bents from the original bridge. The water/drainage subcontractor continued installing stormwater Structures 9, 10, and 11 and in-stalled pipe between each structure. The water/drainage subcontractor installed a thrust block and water valves for a new water line on Cooper Street and West Depot.

September 22, 2021

The contractor continued placing rebar on the Bridge 1 deck and finished installing deck drains on both bridges. The drainage subcontractor began trenching and installing  stormwater Structures 9, 10, and 11.  The coring and cutting subcontractor continued removing the remnants of various bents on the original bridge. The contractor finished pouring the final 7 feet of the Bridge 2 deck and has begun preparing for the Bridge 1 deck pours.

August 13, 2021

The prime contractor finished constructing and leveling the overhang jacks for Bridges 1 and 2. The prime contractor poured the deck for Bridge 2.  The contractor has begun installing edge forms, placing rebar, and installing deck drains for Bridge 1. The coring and cutting subcontractor began removing the remnants of various bents on the original bridge. The contractor continued finishing the concrete for various bents on Bridges 1 and 2.

July 20, 2021

The contractor finished tying the reinforcing steel for the Bridge 2 deck and plans to pour concrete next month The contractor finished installing metal deck pans on Bridge 1. The contractor began constructing and leveling the overhang jacks for Bridges 1 and 2. The contractor finished installing the electrical conduit and poured the diaphragms on Bridge 2.

June 5, 2021

The contractor began installing metal deck panels on Bridge 1 and will complete installation by the end of the month. The contractor has completed erecting precast box beams on Bridge 2. The contractor completed drilling piles for the Bridge 2, Abutment 2, and began tying its reinforcing steel. The contractor began work on the Bridge 2 diaphragms and erected overhang jacks on the bridge.

May 5, 2021

All caps for both Bridge 1 and Bridge 2 have been poured. The contractor has completed all predrilled piles on Bridge 1, Abutment 1. The north, south, and west sections of Wall 2 have been poured. The contractor began setting forms on the west portion. The contractor has erected beams across Span 1 and Span 2 of Bridge 2. The contractor has begun erecting beams from Wall 2 towards the railroad on Bridge 1. The contractor has continued demolition activities towards the south end of the existing bridge.

March 11, 2021

All caps for both Bridge 1 and Bridge 2 have been poured. The contractor has completed all predrilled piles on Bridge 1, Abutment 1. The north and south sections of Wall 2 have been poured. The contractor began setting forms on the west portion. The crash walls for Bridge 1, Bent 1 and Bridge 2, Bent 1 have been poured. The contractor completed driving piles for Wall 1 footer. The Jackson Avenue ramps have been opened to traffic. The contractor continued demolition activities between Bent 1 and Abutment 1.  

February 9, 2021

All caps for both Bridge 1 and Bridge 2 have been poured.  The contractor has completed all predrilled piles on Bridge 1, Abutment 1. The contractor poured the north side of Wall 2 and began setting forms for the south section of Wall 2. The contractor began drilling piles for Wall 1 footer. The west wall hit maximum designed depth without refusal due to ROW limitations and has had an amended design sent to TDOT Structures for review. The Jackson Avenue ramps have been opened to traffic. The contractor began demolition actviities between Bent 1 and Abutment 1.

December 7, 2020

To date, the contractor has completed all drilled shaft operations. The contractor has completed pours for the caps for Bridge 1, Bent 3 and Bent 4 in addition to Bridge 2, Bent 1 and Bent 2. The contractor began constructing the form work for the Bridge 1, Bent 2 cap and erecting steel for columns C and D on Bridge 1, Bent 1. The contractor has completed all predrilled piles on Bridge 1, Abutment 1.Contract SP108B restricts demolition activities on existing Abutment 1 and Bent 1 to after August 31, 2020 or opening of Jackson Avenue ramps to traffic.

November 10, 2020

To date, the contractor has completed all drilled shaft operations. The contractor has completed pours for the caps for Bridge 1, Bent 3 and Bent 4 in addition to Bridge 2, Bent 2. The contractor has continued constructing the form work for the Bridge 1, Bent 4 cap as well as the Bridge 1, Bent 2 columns. The contractor has continued drilling at Bridge 1, Abutment 1 and has completed No. 8. Contract SP108B restricts demolition activities on existing Abutment 1 and Bent 1 to after August 31, 2020 or the opening of Jackson Avenue ramps to traffic.

October 7, 2020

To date, the contrator has completed all drilled shaft operations. The contractor has completed pours for the caps at Bridge 1, Bent 3, Bridge 2 and Bent 2. The contractor has continued constructing the form work for the Bridge 1 Bent 4 cap, as well as the Bridge 1 Bent 2 columns. The contractor has begun drilling the shaft for Pile 1 at Bridge 1, Abutment 1.  

September 10, 2020

The contrator has continued demolition progressing from North to South and has removed all but three spans from the existing structure.  To date, the contrator has completed all drill shaft operations, except for Bridge 1, Bent 1, Shaft A. 

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.