NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) said today he is very pleased that the state’s new Comprehensive Multimodal Program includes funding for seven bridges in Senate District 15. Bailey made the announcement after receiving confirmation on Friday that the projects are on the list of bridges that the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has slated for repair or replacement over the next three years.
The projects include the West Avenue Bridge over the Obed River on US-70N (SR-24), the Sparta Hwy. Bridge over the Obed River on US-70- (SR-1), and the Wightman Road Bridge over Duncan Creek in Cumberland County; the Ray Hixson Road Bridge in Bledsoe County; the Cox Hollow Road Bridge over Wartrace Creek in Jackson County; the Rickman Road Bridge over Carr Creek in Overton County; and the Bridge over Falling River in White County.
“This is tremendous news,” said Senator Bailey, who Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee. “It’s about safety first. Our bridges must be safe to protect the public.”
The bridge list includes 70 of the 526 local government-owned bridges identified in the IMPROVE Act. Of the one of 70 identified, 8 were closed, 46 were weigh posted for less than 10 tons, and 28 have condition of concern during flooding. In addition, 74 of the 163 State Route bridges identified as priorities will be rehabilitated or replaced over the next three years.
The new law, which takes effect July 1, provides TDOT with the means to deliver needed projects with no cost to local governments.
“A safe and reliable transportation network is not only important for the safe travel of our citizens, but is essential in bringing new economic development to our cities and counties. We will continue to push for projects that make needed improvements to our local roads,” Bailey concluded.