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Elizabethton City Council approves two bridge projects

John Thompson • May 9, 2019 at 10:06 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Two bridge projects, each valued at nearly $1 million, were unanimously passed by the Elizabethton City Council on Thursday evening.

One of the projects is to make repairs to the venerable Covered Bridge in downtown Elizabethton. It was built in 1882 for $3,000. The 154-foot long bridge spans Doe River. The bridge sustained damage in a wind storm in 2017. The storm caused a noticeable lean in the east entrance to the bridge.

The second bridge project is a replacement of the bridge over Gap Creek on Southside Road.

The council was told that the city’s insurance denied the claim on the wind damage. A request to reconsider will be sent.

The cost of the Covered Bridge repair will be around $925,000 and will be funded through the Transportation Alternative Program Grant. Under the terms of the grant, the city will provide 20 percent of the cost as a matching fund. That means the federal government would provide $740,000 and the city would provide $185,000.

The cost of the Southside replacement bridge would be funded by the IMPROVE Act of 2017 and the High Priority Bridge Replacement Program. Under the terms of the program, TDOT will pay for 100 percent of the costs of the project.

Some history was made following the City Council meeting. The group reconvened as the beer board and granted an on-premise beer permit to Boyd Sports so that beer may be sold at Joe O’Brien Field. This season will be the first time beer has been sold at the home of the Elizabethton Twins.

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