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Bridge Street work continues
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Work continued last week on Bridge Street as construction workers added rocks to the area for stabilization. It has been closed since March, but the project’s completion is expected on or before Dec. 17, according to McMinnville Public Works director Frank Southard. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Progress is being made as construction continues on Bridge Street near Depot Bottom. The street was damaged during heavy rain when the culvert was swept away. It has been closed since March leaving many to wonder when the street will be reopened.

“They have got the culvert and headwall set and are putting in the rocks,” said Frank Southard director of McMinnville’s Public Works Department. “Once the rocks are in, the contractor will have to put down asphalt and guardrails.”

According to Southard, the project has been going pretty good. Contractors set the culvert and worked with a crane along with additional prep work earlier this week. The deadline for the project’s completion is Dec. 17, but Southern expects it will be done before then, as long as weather permits.

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. 

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