Tennessee gets $300 million to help improve its bridges

Joe Mertens

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a bridge replacement program as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Tennessee is getting more than $300 million to improve the condition of bridges and highways throughout the state.

The money will help roughly 880 bridges that are in poor condition and will preserve over 10,000 bridges that are in moderate condition in the state.

Some of the bridges that were rated in poor condition include the Interstate 40 overpass of North 17th Street and the West Baxter Avenue bridge over I-275 located in Knoxville.

There's also the I-75 bridge that goes across the Tennessee River and the I-40 bridge over the Clinch River.

Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack had this to say, "This record amount of funding, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will allow states and tribal governments to fix the bridges most in need of repair. It will also modernize bridges to withstand the effects of climate change and to make them safer for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians."

"Every state has bridges in poor condition and in need of repair, including bridges with weight restrictions that may force lengthy detours for travelers, school buses, first responders or trucks carrying freight," Pollack went on to say.

According to an article by wate.com, the project will become the single largest bridge investment since the construction of the interstate highway system.

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