Motorists traveling on U.S. 411/ U.S. 441/ State Route 35 (West Main Street) in Sevierville over the west prong of the Little Pigeon River should be alert for lane closures and changed traffic conditions. Crews began shifting traffic this morning as phase one work is underway.
Traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction, with a center turn lane, and shifted to the southbound side of the bridge as crews will begin setting portable concrete barrier rails and begin repairs to the northbound section of the bridge. Traffic will remain in this configuration through the completion of phase one.
A signed detour for traffic with wide loads over 11 feet has been established using Old Knoxville Highway.
During phase two, traffic will be shifted to the northbound side of the bridge as crews perform repairs to the southbound side.
This $1,110,899 bridge repair project is estimated to be completed in the fall of 2011.
Motorists should be alert for changed conditions and use extreme caution traveling through this area.
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