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Bridge work to close part of I-81 near Greeneville

November 11th, 2009 12:00 am by Brian Bishop, Johnson City Press

GREENEVILLE — Another major interstate closure is getting ready to impact traffic in our region for the next two weekends.

Tennessee Department of Transportation contractors were doing routine bridge maintenance on the northbound and southbound bridges over U.S. Highway 11E at Exit 23 along Interstate 81 when they found cracks in the bridges main support beams which will require maintenance to keep the bridges in optimal working condition.

“At 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, we’ll be closing I-81 Northbound at Exit 23 until 10 a.m. on Sunday, so about 12 hours there,” TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges said. “Then, the following weekend, on November 21, it will be closed from 10 p.m. until 10 a.m. the next day. Certainly we would like to have it done before then but by doing it overnight in this fashion, it will have the least impact on traffic.

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press site.

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