A bridge replacement project on Chestnut Street in Nashville was completed more than two months early, the Tennessee Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.
A portion of Chestnut Street, which has been closed since the project began in August 2009, is now open to traffic.
The $2 million project, which was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, replaced the bridge that crosses over the CSX Railroad. The 80-year-old bridge was classified in “Poor” condition and was on the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. The bridge’s sufficiency rating was 37.6 out of 100.
“The Recovery Act allowed us to replace this aging bridge and create a safer roadway in a busy section of the city,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “We appreciate the contractor’s efforts to finish early and minimize the impacts to those who live and work in the area.”
The project, which was not scheduled to be complete until June 30, 2010, also included the realignment of the Chestnut and Hagan Street intersection and major upgrades to Nashville’s storm sewer system. The use of Recovery Act funds saved the city of Nashville nearly $400,000 in matching bridge replacement dollars.
“This project allowed us to make critical improvements to Nashville’s infrastructure, and increase safety in this growing community,” said Metro Public Works Director Billy Lynch. “I’m pleased TDOT could make this investment in our city.”
Final detail construction and clean-up activities will continue on the project for a short period of time. That work will be conducted during off-peak travel hours and should have minimal traffic impacts.