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Small Branch bridge nearing completion
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Lisa Hobbs photo The replacement bridge over Small Branch on Old Shelbyville Road is nearing completion. It will replace the one pictured, which was once considered the worst bridge in Warren County.

New bridge construction over Small Branch and Collins River are continuing, and one is nearing completion.

Warren County Road Superintendent Levie Glenn said motorists could soon enjoy crossing the new bridge over Small Branch on Shelbyville Road.

“The bridge is coming along really good on Old Shelbyville Road,” said Glenn. “They will be ready before too long to put the binder down. They’ve really done a good job.”

The bridge will be much wider than the old one. It is 28 feet wide from the inside rails, as opposed to 18 feet, 9 inches from the inside rails.
Rogers Group was awarded the bid in October 2017 for $724,919. Construction started in early November. Per the contract, it has 180 work days – making completion the end of April or the beginning of May.

An update was given during a county Highway and Bridge Committee meeting.

While the county project is running smoothly, the same cannot be said for the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s project on Hennessee Bridge Road over Collins River.

“That’s a mess out there at Hennessee Bridge,” said Commissioner Randy England. “I mean it’s a mess. The road beside it… it would be hard for a car to go through there.”

Glenn stated, “Someone called the other day and said they busted a tire and knocked their car out of line. I told them they need to call TDOT about it. It doesn’t seem like things have gone right in that project. At least that’s the way it seems.”

According to an update report by TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn, the bridge is currently reduced to one lane to allow the contractor to construct the new bridge.

“While the bridge is down to one lane, traffic will be maintained and controlled by a temporary signal for the safety of the traveling public,” said Flynn. “Motorists should expect periodic delays and use caution in the work zone.”

Estimated project completion is October 2018, but an extension has been requested.

“The contractor has requested a time extension for the project,” said Flynn. “The request is under consideration, and the department has asked the contractor to provide additional information and documentation before a decision is made relating to a possible time extension.”