multi-million dollar bridge set to be built over the
Tennessee River below Fort Loudoun Dam is edging closer to
becoming a reality.
Loudon County Mayor Doyle Arp said Tennessee Department of
Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely is expected to be
in the county Friday to discuss the project.
The funding for the bridge was placed in the state's bridge
bonding program, and Nicely is expected to discuss the
timetable for the project during his visit.
State Representative Jimmy Matlock said the total project
includes three bridges - one over the Tennessee River, one
over the Tellico Channel and a third over the railroad
tracks just south of the intersection at Broadway. "They're
going to put it out for bid in December," Arp said.
Currently a two-lane bridge sits on top of Fort Loudoun Dam.
The new bridges, combined with other widening projects along
the corridor, will create four lanes of traffic through
Loudon County on the popular route between Oak Ridge and
Arp said he has heard various figures on the total cost of
the bridge, up to $80 million.
State Representatives Dennis Ferguson and Matlock and State
Senator Randy McNally are also expected to be at the
announcement. "It's way beyond anything that's ever happened
before," Matlock said of the progress now being made. "I
really think we're going to see some action after all this