Rebuilt Middle Tenn. bridge on I-65 could be open by November

Rebuilt Middle Tenn. bridge on I-65 could be open by November

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It's been more than a year since a railroad bridge in rural Anderson County was declared unsafe and closed by the state. It's taken the railroad that long to come up with a plan to fix the bridge. It's been more than a year since a railroad bridge in rural Anderson County was declared unsafe and closed by the state. It's taken the railroad that long to come up with a plan to fix the bridge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee transportation officials say a Middle Tennessee bridge demolished after a fatal tanker explosion is expected to be rebuilt by November.

The Tennessean reports that construction crews expect bridge beams for the Interstate 65 overpass will be ready to be set by early October.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says the bridge would then be set to reopen by Nov. 27 if weather cooperates and correct materials are available.

Two bridges in Franklin were damaged beyond repair when a tanker carrying gasoline slammed into one of the bridges and exploded. The driver died from the wreck.

The road's original bridge was torn down recently, while the second bridge is set to be torn down the weekend of Sept. 15. TDOT says construction on the second bridge will begin sometime in 2015.

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