The project is slated for completion May 31, 2015. The contract does not impose penalties for exceeding the completion date.
In addition to the 1,400-foot-long bridge to be built about 2,000 feet downstream from the dam, the project includes a new four-lane bridge over railroad tracks on U.S. Highway 321. A third, two-lane bridge will be built alongside the existing two-lane structure over the Tellico canal. Plans call for each of those two-lane bridges to carry traffic in one direction.
Plans call for straightening U.S. Highway 321 where it makes a sharp curve toward the dam near the intersection with Elm Hill Road.
All of U.S. Highway 321 from the intersection with U.S. Highway 11 to the Tellico canal bridges will be four lanes upon completion.
The project includes dismantling the J. Carmichael Greer Bridge over the dam without impeding the functions of the dam and the lock. The bridge over the 4,190-foot-long dam was built in 1963.