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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:

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.