Henley Bridge construction continues on schedule

Henley Bridge construction continues on schedule

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Crews continue to work from both ends, making their way toward the middle of the bridge. Crews continue to work from both ends, making their way toward the middle of the bridge.
Local and state officials got a closer look at the progress during a tour Tuesday. Local and state officials got a closer look at the progress during a tour Tuesday.

By BO WILLIAMS
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - One year and nine months into the project, sections of the Henley Street Bridge are beginning to take shape.

Local and state officials got a closer look at the progress during a tour Tuesday.

Crews continue to work from both ends, making their way toward the middle of the bridge.

The project is still eight and a half months away from the completion deadline, but TDOT officials have said everything is going well.

"We are close to where we think we should be," said Project Supervisor Kristin Qualls. "The contractor has submitted revised, updated schedules showing that he can still meet the completion date of June 30, 2013. So we are definitely anticipating that date."

Officials said it may be just a few months before the actual bridge decking is laid, but there is still work to be done before that stage of the project.

"Each span is actually a different phase where we are rebuilding columns or working on our spindle column bases," said Qualls. "We're doing some overhang work, which is a big extension, which will enable us to have a sidewalk on the bridge."

"This was a complicated project in trying to maintain some of the aesthetic qualities of it and kind of dismantle it part way and build it back up another way," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. "It's very difficult and our structural crew is involved and we have a great crew here and I think it is going well."

TDOT officials hope to have some of the decking down and in place by the end of 2012.

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