KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is one step closer to finalizing a contract for the reconstruction of the Henley Bridge. TDOT received bids from three prequalified contractors and the apparent low bidder is Britton Bridge, LLC with a bid of $24,696,969.47. The contract will not be formally awarded until a review of all bids has been completed.
Meanwhile, a website has been created to find out more about the project and the detours. You can get more details at www.tn.gov/henley
The Henley Bridge Community Center grand opening will be on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 220 East Blount Avenue.
TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely will formally open the center that has been established as a place for community members, business owners and motorists to get information about the project and to learn more about the detours around the bridge closure.
“We know the importance of preserving this historic bridge while also communicating with the traveling public about the process, detours and what they can expect during the closure,” TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely said. "We will attempt to maximize pre-closure information to enable motorists to map out detours ahead of time."
A series of meetings have been arranged to inform residents, emergency workers, hospital workers, law enforcement, students and business owners. In 2010, TDOT has presented information about the project in 7 community hosted meetings. The next community informational meeting will be hosted by the City of Knoxville on September 28, 2010 in the large assembly room in the City County Building in downtown Knoxville. Future meetings are planned at area hospitals, the University of Tennessee and other community venues.
For more information contact:
TDOT Region 1 Community Relations Officer