After one major setback in the completion date of the newest span across the Tennessee River in Marion County, yet another, hopefully smaller delay has come up in regards to the Marion Memorial Bridge replacement.
The $21.4 million dollar replacement construction project is now stalled as officials negotiate a steel erection plan for the bridge spans.
Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn says, “We are still working out our differences on the steel erection plan and there will be a delay on the project, but it is unknown as of yet how long it will be.”
Flynn said officials have not determined whether the delay could result in penalties for contractor Britton Bridge LLC., however hopes they can get our differences ironed out and get the project back on track soon.
Officials with Britton Bridge said around the middle of last month that it could take “several weeks” or more to agree on a plan and for work to resume.
Spokesman John Van Mol said Monday that Britton Bridge officials now hope to be back in operation on the site within a couple of weeks and are expecting a letter authorizing them to begin erecting the steel within the next week or 10 days based on conversations with state officials.
Van Mol said Britton Bridge officials don’t know whether the delay will cause the completion date to be changed.
The project began in 2011 with an original completion date of Aug. 31 of this year, but ran into problems early. The completion date was moved to February 2014 after crews found voids and unsuitable materials in the riverbed that weren’t adequate to support the bridge piers. Crews had to dig deeper to reach solid bedrock, officials said.
The new bridge, which will carry traffic on U.S. Highway 41 over the Tennessee River, replaces the now-closed 1929-era truss bridge alongside it that has been deemed unsound.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press