TDOT: Henley Street Bridge opening sooner than expected

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Henley Street Bridge will reopen months ahead of schedule, TDOT announced on Monday. The bridge, which has been closed since January 2011, is expected to open again by Thanksgiving.

Originally, TDOT expected the repairs to be completed by June 2013, but it was forced to move the projected date into February 2014 after they discovered the bridge's concrete piers had deteriorated more than expected.

“Work has progressed rapidly over the past several months, and we are so pleased to be able to reopen this bridge to traffic before the busy holiday season,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.

“We realize the hardship this closure has placed on residents, business owners, and travelers. We appreciate the public’s patience as we move towards the total completion of this important rehabilitation.”

Even after it reopens, bridge traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction, while crews complete staining, decorative and street lighting, and a gas line that runs the length of the bridge.

TDOT says it expects the entire project to be wrapped up by June 3, 2014.

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