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County officials proud of new bridge
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Local officials braved a cold, rainy afternoon Tuesday for the dedication of the recently completed Swan Mill Road Bridge just off Vervilla Road.Road Superintendent Levie Glenn says the bridge was one of the goals of his father, former Road Superintendent Harold Glenn, and both men are proud to see the nearly $1 million project done.“Planning started on this sometime in 2010,” said Levie. “It’s a state aid bridge with a 75-25 matching grant, 75 percent from the state and 25 from the county.”Levie said the Highway Department gets state aid money each year, and was able to save and consolidate the funds for 2010 and 2011 and apply those to the 25 percent matching funds needed from the county.The contractor was Highways Inc. from Cookeville and the engineer was Kyle Hazel of Professional Engineering from Sparta.Levie says the bridge should avoid flooding in all but the heaviest rain accumulations.“I’m glad to see the people out at that end of the county get the bridge,” Levie said. “It’s a good throughway from the area over to Highway 55.