Henley Street bridge rehabilitation will include bike lanes

Henley Street bridge rehabilitation will include bike lanes

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Bike lanes will be included in the renovation of the Henley Street bridge, Knoxville officials said Thursday.

The state Department of Transportation (TDOT) agreed to a request by the city for the lanes.

The bridge will have five travel lanes, two bike lanes and sidewalks. The state's original plan for the bridge was six lanes for traffic.

Work on the bridge begins in 2011. Crews will rebuild and widen it as part of a rehabilitation project.

The majority of residents at two public meetings about the bridge project expressed strong support for bike lanes and better pedestrian connections to downtown.  

The 80-year-old bridge will be closed for up to three years during the project. Crews will dismantle it down to the arches and then rebuild it.

If the rehabilitation wasn't green lighted, TDOT would have been forced to consider putting weight limits on the bridge, the main connector between South Knoxville and the rest of the city.

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