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New bridge dedicated in Claiborne County

From WATE -


A much-needed bridge repair in Claiborne County in Egan is finally making for a safe place to drive for residents who have dealt with being stranded by the previous structure.

The Claiborne County Roads Department unveiled the completion of the Nine Tile Bridge. It was rebuilt thanks to the infrastructure bill by former Governor Bill Haslam. The bridge needed upgrades due to flooding over several years leaving people stranded on several occasions.

Claiborne County Roads Superintendent Ronnie Pittman said: “Move the water off of the region here and it raised the elevation here a few feet too so that is going to move the water out,” “It shouldn’t have any problems with the water moving and backing up and causing the overflow and people should be able to traverse through the hollow here."

Pittman went on to say runoff from mining in the area affected how the water would drain which is why flooding over the bridge had previously been so rampant.

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