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Loudon County Project Bid Letting Postponed
 
Redesign necessary to comply with Coast Guard regulations
 
 
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced that the bid letting for a future construction project on State Route 73 in Loudon County has been postponed.
 
The project was originally scheduled to be included in the October letting.
 

The letting has been postponed so that the main channel structure can be redesigned to accommodate recent changes to the Coast Guard navigational channel requirements for this site.

 

This project will widen State Route 73 to four lanes and is more than 1½ miles in length. A new bridge will be constructed over the Tennessee River downstream from the Fort Loudoun Dam. The existing bridge on top of the dam will be removed.

 

Also, a new bridge will be constructed over the Fort Loudoun/Tellico Canal, parallel to the existing State Route 73 bridge over the canal.

 

For more information on TDOT construction project activity visit the TDOT SmartWay website at . Travelers can also follow us on Twitter at for statewide travel information or for traffic information in the Knoxville area. Motorists are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly. Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle. TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for their destination.

 

For more information: Contact Region 1 Community Relations Officer Mark Nagi at (865) 594-0161, or at Mark.Nagi@tn.gov.

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08-11-2011