Heavy Rains Cause problems at Bridge Construction site in Clinton

Saturday’s heavy rains created problems on the north end of the Lewallen Bridge replacement project. The city of Clinton’s TDOT project liaison Lynn Murphy says that the problems created by the rain are at the northernmost tip of the project, where the abutment #1 excavations are taking place. Murphy says that the resulting erosion issues have forced TDOT to close both northbound lanes of Clinch Avenue just before the intersection with South Seivers Boulevard. Northbound traffic was shifted over, and there is currently just one lane open in each direction across the length of the bridge.

The work has also forced TDOT and its contractor to close one of the left turn lanes from westbound Seivers onto Clinch as well as one of the southbound lanes of South Main Street approaching Clinch.

Crews began the emergency repairs on Sunday and once the traffic pattern gets back to normal. In the meantime, pay close attention to the signs announcing the lane closures approaching the construction area, slow down, and be sure to give workers plenty of space.

The TDOT contractor for the Lewallen Bridge replacement project, Blalock Construction, is currently working on repairs and will continue working around the clock until the road is stabilized. Motorists should drive slowly and use caution when traveling through this work zone. Expect traffic back-ups and delays during peak hours for the next several days.
We will issue an update on Wednesday November 27th at 9:00 a.m.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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