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TDOT: Work to begin on new Fort Loudoun Dam bridge
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TDOT: Work to begin on new Fort Loudoun Dam bridge

Drivers in Lenoir City should notice bridge construction this week.

The heavily used two-lane bridge over Fort Loudoun Dam on Highway 321 will be demolished.  Before that happens, a new four-lane bridge must be built nearby.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation originally predicted crews would begin building the new structure in early 2011.  The project has been put off until this week.

The project must be completed by May 31, 2015.

Charles Blalock and Sons of Sevierville won the construction contract.  The company said trees for the new alignment could be removed before week's end.  Then, workers will take to the water.

"We hope to be in the water in a month.  But, it could be months before any substructure is visible [above water]," Blalock explained.

Major lane shifts should not occur until early 2015, near the end of the project.

Overall, the project costs $70,000,000.  Most of the money is funded by Tennessee's "Better Bridge Program".

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