Road closure announced for repair on Falling Water Bridge

Posted By | November 25, 2019 10:27 am

The Falling Water Bridge, on Roberts-Matthews Highway (South Jefferson Avenue) will be temporarily closed beginning Dec. 2, 2019 until the completion of the upgrade project, which is projected to be May 29, 2020.

By Rachel Auberger

Another bridge in White County is getting an overhaul: this time the bridge over Falling Water River at the White County and Putnam County line will be undergoing a six-month reconstruction process.

The Roberts-Matthews Highway (South Jefferson Avenue) bridge will be temporarily closed beginning Dec. 2, 2019 until the completion of the project, which is projected to be May 29, 2020. According to the White County Highway Department, the closure is necessary so that construction crews can repair the current bridge structure.

A February 2018 report showed that the bridge, originally built in 1935, had a poor overall condition rating. The superstructure condition, substructure condition, and deck condition were all given a rating of 4 out of a possible 9. The sufficiency rating of the bridge was a 36.9 (out of 100).

The $1.4-million project, funded under a contract with the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, will be completed by Summers-Taylor Inc.,  of Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Roberts-Matthew Highway will be closed north of Lancaster Road, on the White County side, and the Putnam County side (South Jefferson Avenue) will be closed south of Lovelady Road. Highway 111 will be marked as a detour route around the construction area. Motorists are encouraged to use caution in this area while the work is taking place and to pay close attention to construction and detour signage.

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