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Hwy. 67 bridge construction finally nearing completion

After enduring a year of lane closures and lengthy red light waits, the many motorists traveling into Mountain City via State Highway 67 are finally seeing some signs indicating the end of the state’s bridge rehabilitation project near the intersection of Highway 67 and Highway 421, a major thoroughfare in Johnson County.
“We are in the final stages of the project,” explained Grant Summers, Vice President, Summers-Taylor, Inc. of Elizabethton during a telephone interview last week. “The temporary construction lights should be down by Friday.”
This is very good news to the frustrated commuters who have faced daily delays and bottle-necked traffic for a staggering twelve months while the bridge was being repaired.
According to Mark Nagi, the Community Relations Officer with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) the project is indeed nearing completion.
“Contractually” the project’s proposed completion date is on or before October 31, 2011. “TDOT and the contractor’s management are sensitive to the necessary, temporary inconvenience of the public traffic navigating this project work zone,” said Nagi.
The project, which was let in August 2010, and awarded to Summers-Taylor costs approximately $660,000 with 80 percent being federally funded. The remaining 20 percent is to be paid by the State of Tennessee.
“We appreciate the patience and understanding of all concerned parties involved regarding the temporary, necessary inconvenience associated with this project’s construction” said Nagi. “We definitely look forward to the project’s completion in the very near future, having the public inconvenience alleviated and opening a new bridge and roadway section in the Town of Mountain City!”