The J.M. Walters bridge is a cantilever truss span that carries US25E over the French Broad River and Douglas Lake in Jefferson and Cocke counties. Though the bridge is a beautiful example of historic bridge construction, it's narrow deck prompted DOT officials to design a replacement bridge to handle the traffic of the busy highway. In April 2013, the Tennessee Department of Transportation awarded a $12.8 million contract to Charles Blalock and Sons to construct a new bulb-tee beam bridge to replace the cantilever truss span.
Progress Report 2/16/15
Because Douglas Lake is a dam controlled reservoir, crews have worked over the winter months during low pool levels to complete the few remaining pier seals and foundations in the French Broad River. The final seal pour is scheduled for later this week. Once the final seals and foundations are complete, crews will then pour stems to support the bridge beams.
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