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Bridge set to be replaced
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Warren County Highway Department is planning a bridge replacement project on Northcutts Cove Road.

An old bridge on Northcutts Cove Road is slated for replacement. 

“We held a bid opening and had eight bidders,” said Road Superintendent Levie Glenn. “My engineer calculated all the numbers and is recommending Summers-Taylor out of Cleveland, Tenn. That bid was $699,620. My engineer has worked with him before and they do good work.”

That information was presented to members of the county Financial Management Committee. 

Glenn says the bridge is over Hayes Creek, estimated to be 70 years old, will be replaced with one that’s larger and more convenient for residents in the area. 

“This is a complete bridge replacement. The existing bridge is narrow and still has the old banister rails,” said Glenn. “The new bridge will be wider, with a 28-foot inside driving surface. The new bridge will be located in the same place as the old one, but it will be longer so the approach will change a little bit. There are a lot of farms and nurseries in the area. They have waited a long time for this.”

Cost for the project is being paid out of state aid monies. 

Summers-Taylor will provide an alternate route to keep traffic flowing. 

“In the contract is a detour around the construction site,” said Glenn. “Traffic flow will continue. We’ve spoken to the contractor and they are ready to get started. We are hoping to have a pre-construction meeting next month. After that, they will be able to start work.”

Glenn would like to extend a thank you.

“All the property owners out there were easy to get along with, which made the process go quicker as far as obtaining right of way for the new bridge. I’d like to thank them for their cooperation. This bridge is well-deserved. They’ve waited a long time and they’re excited to finally have a new bridge.”

Financial Management Committee members unanimously approved the bid. Final approval will be that of the full Warren County Commission.