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Bridge Street work to begin soon
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Dec. 17 is the deadline for box culvert replacement on Bridge Street. It has been closed since March, prompting community speculation that it may remain closed permanently. McMinnville Public Works interim director Frank Southard, pictured, said those rumors are not true. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Work to replace a box culvert on Bridge Street is slated to begin in September. 

“They are waiting on the box culvert right now,” said Frank Southard, interim director of McMinnville’s Public Works Department. “The contractor said they would begin working in the area and getting the area ready. The box culvert is supposed to be ready sometime next month. When that comes in, they will start work. By the contract, they have until Dec. 17 to complete the work.”

The street has been closed since March when heavy flooding washed the culvert away. At that time, it was estimated repair would be complete in April. 

However, Warren County was among several communities in Tennessee approved for disaster relief. McMinnville Public Works Department has been working with TEMA and FEMA in an effort to fund a portion of the $162,000 project. 

Alderman Mike Neal requested the update during Tuesday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting to dispel rumors the city plans on closing the street permanently, a rumor he heard from residents of the street. 

The city of McMinnville hired James C. Hailey & Company to oversee the project.