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CSX Railroad Corp. has given the Anderson County government options on how to address the issues that have kept a railroad-owned bridge on a county road closed since July.
The bridge on Johnson Gap Road—which is the shortest route between Clinton and the Dutch Valley community—has been closed since July 13, when Tennessee Department of Transportation inspectors determined that the wooden bridge supports were no longer safe.
CSX has offered to rebuild the old wooden bridge with a five-ton weight limit at its own expense or allow the county to replace it with a concrete structure. County officials estimate that a concrete bridge would likely cost the county around $450,000.
The closure has increased travel time for not only residents, but also for emergency responders, a situation that county leaders have called unacceptable.
The proposals will be discussed by the Anderson County Highway Committee on Monday and will likely be discussed again later this month by the full County Commission.
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