KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The state Department of Transportation is sharing details about its plans for major work on a stretch of Broadway by downtown Knoxville.
The project focuses on the Broadway Viaduct between W. Depot Avenue and Jackson Avenue. It carries the road over a set of railroad tracks.
Built in the early 1920s, the viaduct is expected to get a makeover, possibly in 2013.
TDOT's plan is to raise the bridge and extend it further down Broadway, giving two businesses no choice but to move. They are Pumps of Tennessee and Graning Paint Company. TDOT plans to demolish both businesses.
"Not only weird, but very much frightening," said Graning Paint Company owner Ken Adams. "We've been here so very long."
The paint store has been a fixture in the 300 block of Broadway for 47 years.
Adams says he hopes to move his business somewhere close by.
Pumps of Tennessee is already in the process of relocating to Willow Avenue. "They gave us a fair value for our property. They gave us a fair value for moving so we were happy with it," said co-owner Dennis Dalton.
TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi says the main reason for the renovation is simply because the bridge needs work.
He also says a railroad company asked for the bridge to be raised in case double decker passenger trains need to pass through in the future.
"Construction is going to take place. It's stage construction that will allow the bridge to remain open while this work is going on," Nagi explained.
However, expect delays once that construction begins. "The bridge will go down to one lane in each direction as the construction occurs," Nagi said.
Although Adams was upset with TDOT's takeover initially, he says now he's come to terms with it. "Things change and you have to change with them," he said. "I understand progress has to happen. We believe we will find the proper place and everything will be fine."
TDOT says it will release more details on the bridge renovation this fall.