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NASHVILLE, TN, August 2, 2007 — Local State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Johnson City) said today Tennessee and other states around the nation will be looking carefully for the reports from Minnesota regarding causes of the collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis.  Hill, who has served on the House Transportation Committee and The Public Safety and Rural Roads Subcommittee, said bridge repair projects are very important to the safety of motorists due to the need to correct any structural or functional deficiencies caused by age or other reasons, vehicular collision damage, and other concrete or steel deterioration of the bridges.

 “As a member of the Transportation Committee in the House of Representatives, I am committed to continuing to see that Tennessee has safe bridges.  The tragedy in Minnesota is a stark reminder that we must be diligent to make sure our bridges are in good repair or replaced at a time when safety comes into question.  Public safety should be our first concern.”

There are approximately 19,433 bridges in the state, which fall into two categories.  The first category is on-system bridges, which are those operated and maintained by the state.  There are 8,072 of bridges in this category which are found on the Interstate System, the National Highways System and State Route System.  The other category is the 11,361 off-system bridges that are maintained and operated by local governments. 

Hill said the Tennessee Department of Transportations last report included repair of several Washington County bridges including:

 

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION / Project Status Report / 7/5/2007

BRIDGE OVER MUDDY CREEK, LM 16.60

Length – 0.1 (Bridge Replacement)

The right-of-way and/or utility process is underway.

 

WATAUGA ROAD, BRIDGE OVER BRUSH CREEK, LM 4.99 IN JOHNSON CITY

Length – 0.1 (Bridge Replacement)

The right-of-way and/or utility process is underway.

 

BOB DAVIS ROAD, BRIDGE OVER CSX R/R, LM 0.01

Length – 0.1 (Bridge Replacement)

The engineering is underway

 

FLOURVILLE ROAD, BRIDGE OVER BOONES CREEK, LM 0.16 IN JOHNSON CITY

Length – 0.0 (Bridge Replacement)

The engineering is underway

 

FLOURVILLE ROAD, BRIDGE OVER BOONES CREEK, LM 0.41 IN JOHNSON CITY

Length – 0.0 (Bridge Replacement)

The engineering is underway

 

BOONE STATION ROAD, BRIDGE OVER CSX R/R, LM 0.43 (BRIDGE REPLACEMENT) LENGTH –

0.141

CONTRACT NO.: CNF041

LET TO CONTRACT: 3/16/2007

CONTRACTOR: SUMMERS-TAYLOR, INC.

BID PRICE: $1,068,811.10EST. COMPLETION DATE: JULY, 2008

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY HARWOOD ROAD , BRIDGE OVER CSX R/R, LM 0.32 (BRIDGE            REPLACEMENT) LENGTH – 0.115

CONTRACT NO.: CNE295

LET TO CONTRACT: 10/27/2006

CONTRACTOR: SUMMERS-TAYLOR, INC.

BID PRICE: $709,443.15

EST. COMPLETION DATE: DECEMBER, 2007

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY SR-353

BRIDGE OVER LITTLE LIMESTONE CREEK, LM 8.65 (BRIDGE REPLACEMENT) LENGTH – 0.046

CONTRACT NO.: CNE190

LET TO CONTRACT: 4/28/2006

CONTRACTOR: LYONS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC.

BID PRICE: $354,988.95

EST. COMPLETION DATE: JULY, 2007

Project time extension under consideration

 

“My heart goes out to the folks in Minnesota who are victims of this tragedy,” added.  “If there is one positive that could come out of it — it is that Tennessee and other states must continue to be especially diligent in our bridge safety program as this is a tremendous safety issue that demands our full attention.”

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