The Tennessee Department of Transportation will have a bid letting Friday, February 10 for repairs to the Veterans Memorial Bridge on South College Street over Highway 70.
The bid is expected to be awarded to a contractor by mid-March. The completion time on the project is on or before September 30.
The bridge has been closed since Monday, June 27, 2016 when a DeKalb County Landfill truck, driven by 54 year old Roger Chapman, hit the underside of the bridge as it was traveling east on Broad Street. Although the truck carried no dumpster at the time, the lift was up. Chapman received minor injuries and was cited by Smithville Police for speeding.
A TDOT inspection after the crash revealed “heavy collision damage” to the bridge and it will remain closed to traffic until repairs are made.
“The bridge repair project is scheduled for the February 10, 2017 bid letting, meaning it won’t be awarded to a contractor until approximately mid-March,” Jennifer Flynn, TDOT Community Relations Officer recently told WJLE.
“Bridge repair plans have been completed by our Office of Bridge Repair (part of TDOT’s Division of Structures in Nashville). The Bridge Repair Office is responsible for the design and plans preparation of bridge repair projects on state-maintained bridges. Repair projects are let to contract through the normal bid process and administered by the HQ Construction Office. During the construction phase, the Bridge Repair Section assists regional construction personnel in construction inspection and in solving any problems that may arise,” added Flynn.
The scope of the work to be done to the bridge includes repairing damage to beams E&F in span 3 due to collision damage; injecting epoxy into cracks in the deck, sidewalk, and beams in span 3; installing steel channels on beam E in span 3; and performing partial depth repair to the sidewalk in span 3. No existing utility lines are to be affected during the repairs.
Other TDOT project bid lettings Friday, February 10 affecting DeKalb County include the following:
*The resurfacing (microsurfacing) on U.S. 70 (S.R. 26) from east of S.R. 96 (L.M. 6.10) to the Dowelltown City limits (L.M. 10.88). Project Length - 4.780 miles. Completion Time - On or before 9/30/2017
*The resurfacing (microsurfacing) on S.R. 96 from the Wilson County line (L.M. 0.00) to Center Hill Dam (L.M. 12.66). Project Length - 12.660 miles. Completion Time - On or before 9/30/2017
*The miscellaneous safety improvements on U.S. 70 (S.R. 26) from west of the DeKalb County Line (L.M. 20.16) in Wilson County to near S.R. 96 (L.M. 6.10) in DeKalb County. Project Length - 6.260 miles. Completion Time - On or before 6/30/2017 (DEKALB AND WILSON COUNTIES)
*The mowing on various State Routes. (CLAY, DEKALB, JACKSON, OVERTON, PUTNAM, SMITH, AND WHITE COUNTIES)
*The random on-call pavement marking on various Interstate and State Routes. (BLEDSOE, BRADLEY, CANNON, CLAY, COFFEE, CUMBERLAND, DEKALB, FENTRESS, FRANKLIN, GRUNDY, HAMILTON, JACKSON, MARION, MCMINN, MEIGS, OVERTON, POLK, PUTNAM, RHEA, SEQUATCHIE, VAN BUREN, WARREN, AND WHITE COUNTIES)
*The retracing of pavement markings with spray thermoplastic on various Interstate and State Routes. (BLEDSOE, BRADLEY, CANNON, CLAY, COFFEE, CUMBERLAND, DEKALB, FENTRESS, GRUNDY, HAMILTON, JACKSON, MARION, MCMINN, MEIGS, OVERTON, PICKETT, POLK, PUTNAM, RHEA, SCOTT, SEQUATCHIE, VAN BUREN, AND WHITE COUNTIES)
*The relensing of snowplowable pavement markers on various Interstate and State Routes. (CLAY, CUMBERLAND, DEKALB, FENTRESS, JACKSON, OVERTON, PICKETT, PUTNAM, AND WHITE COUNTIES)