What has been done so far?
2000 - An inspection report determined the existing
bridge has a curb-to-curb width of 18 feet that is insufficient
according to current design standards. Bridge replacement funds were
authorized for engineering and environmental studies.
2003 - An Advance Planning Report (APR) for the replacement was prepared that proposed a new bridge with a curb-to-curb width of 44 feet to be stage constructed alongside the existing bridge that would be removed as part of the project.
2004 - During TDOT's coordination with local officials, the local officials requested the investigation of long range transportation solutions for Dandridge.
2005 - A Traffic Study was conducted to evaluate the
impacts throughout Dandridge of future traffic demands. Three alternative bridge alignments were
studied as part of
the traffic study. Local officials expressed a preference for the Spring Street
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) immediately expressed concern that the Spring Street alternative would divide the historic district, damage its historic
integrity, and isolate contributing historic structures from inclusion in the district.
2007 - Because the Traffic Study produced alternatives that were not
the original APR, a Transportation Planning Report (TPR) was prepared to provide
planning level cost estimates of all the bridge replacement alternatives. These were shown at the public meeting in April of 2007.
October 2008 - Public Meeting to review and comment on alternatives.
November 2008 – An inspection revealed the need for repairs to the bridge. Posted load limit was reduced.
Spring 2010 – Bridge closure for repairs.
Summer 2011 – Held Section 106 Public Meeting
What is left to do before a bridge can be built?
Winter 2013/14 – Prepare and submit final Environmental Assessment document for FHWA review.
Early 2014 - Receive approval of final environmental document.
If the replacement bridge is adjacent to the existing bridge, can we start construction now? No. The environmental documentation process must be completed before any money is spent regardless of which alternative is chosen.