Construction work has started on the replacement of the Honorable William Everette Lewallen Bridge over the Clinch River in downtown Clinton. Here are photos of the work, which could last three years, on Tuesday.
In August, WYSH Radio in Clinton reported that the contract to replace the bridge on Highway 25W/State Route 9 (Clinton Highway/Clinch Avenue) was awarded on August 17 to Charles Blalock and Sons Incorporated of Sevierville. Their bid for the replacement of the bridge, known to locals as the “green bridge,” came in at $27,735,269.72, WYSH said.
The bridge connects downtown Clinton to south Clinton.
The aging bridge was due for replacement, according to the state of Tennessee, and while it is still considered safe, the replacement will address looming concerns regarding the structure due to its age. The due date for completion of the project as stipulated by the request for proposals is on or before August 31, 2021, WYSH reported this summer.
The work was scheduled to start in September. While the new bridge is being constructed, the current bridge will remain open, according to officials.
In September, Blalock notified the City of Clinton that Riverside Drive was to be closed between South Charles G. Seivers Boulevard (State Route 61) and Meadowbrook Street, beginning September 18.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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