Pat Summitt helps get word out about Henley Bridge closure

Pat Summitt helps get word out about Henley Bridge closure

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Lady Vols head basketball coach Pat Summitt is helping get the word out about the upcoming Henley Bridge closure in downtown Knoxville.

Public service announcements featuring Summitt kicked off on radio and television this weekend. Newspaper ads are also running.

It's part of the Tennessee Department of Transportation's effort to ensure the public is informed about the closure, which is expected to affect more than 38,000 motorists a day.

The Henley Bridge closes at 12:01 a.m. on January 3. TDOT says the closure will last for approximately 24 to 30 months, for a rehabilitation project.

Work is underway to prepare for the closure. Crews will begin this week pouring new sidewalks and working to widen the on and off ramps on James White Parkway and Sevierville Pike. Utility work on the southbound ramp will also begin.

Motorists will also notice the installation of poles for temporary traffic signals at James White Parkway and Sevierville Pike. 

Drivers should watch for temporary lane closures on both ramps and on the inside lanes of Sevierville Pike while crews continue to modify the detour route.

The Henley Bridge Community Center and project office, located at 220 East Blount Avenue, is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number is 865-577-6988.

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