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Surgoinsville officials hope next bridge closure won’t exceed two to three weeks

October 14th, 2013 9:39 pm by Jeff Bobo

Surgoinsville officials hope next bridge closure won’t exceed two to three weeks

SURGOINSVILLE — The Longs Bend Road bridges over the Holston River in Surgoinsville could be closed for two to three weeks, or closed for eight to 10 weeks, depending on which option the builder chooses in the final stages of construction.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Simpson Construction, which is building the new Surgoinsville bridge, will meet on site to discuss those two options.

Surgoinsville leaders said Monday they definitely prefer the option that leaves the bridge closed for only two to three weeks.

Mayor Johnny Greer told his board during Monday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting that they should attend that meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m., to make their feelings known.

The new Surgoinsville bridge was scheduled for completion in May 2014, but barring the unforeseen it appears to be several months ahead of schedule.

The final steps of connecting Longs Bend Road at both ends of the new bridge will cause both the old bridge and the new bridge to be closed for weeks.

Read more in the Tuesday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.


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