TDOT to report on Henley Bridge project delay

TDOT to report on Henley Bridge project delay

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee Department of Transportation officials have scheduled a briefing Monday to update the public on the progress of the Henley Bridge construction project.

TDOT Commissioner John Schroer and other TDOT officials will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. to present findings of an investigation into deteriorating bridge supports.

Officials have previously said new concerns have been discovered over the condition of a center pillar supporting the bridge and roadway.

TDOT said the supports would have to be replaced, rather than repaired as initially planned.

State Rep. Joe Armstrong told 6 News that TDOT officials told him the pillar was, "much more deteriorated than they first thought."

Henley Bridge was closed in January 2011 and the project was initially expected to be finished by June 30 of this year. Officials have said the deadline will need to be delayed.

Britton Bridge, LLC. of Mt. Juliet was awarded a contract to tear down and rebuild the bridge in downtown Knoxville in October 2010.

Britton Bridge submitted the lowest of three bids for the project at $24,696,969.

The company was later cited and fined by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration for two separate deaths of construction workers at the site. 

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