Smokies' bridge took 10 years to get started

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) - A new $1.4 million bridge across Little River in Townsend in the Smoky Mountains foothills took eight months to build and 10 years to get started.

Highway officials said the federal highway appropriation for the bridge was received in 1999, and it took until December 2008 to get it under contract. Work started Jan. 29 and should be done in August.

According to The Daily Times of Maryville, part of the delay was in deciding placement of the bridge, which replaces a current one-lane, concrete structure. The first potential location was upstream from the existing structure.

The current bridge, which was built around 1910, will be converted into a covered bridge for pedestrians.

Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.thedailytimes.com

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