The bridges over the South Fork Holston River on Fort Henry Drive will temporarily close on Wednesday, March 13 for an inspection by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

The concrete arch bridge, which is the older bridge on the left as drivers come from Colonial Heights, will close at 9 a.m. During this time, two-lane traffic will pass over the steel bridge. Inspection on the concrete bring will take approximately three hours. Once completed, the concrete bridge will reopen to traffic. TDOT will inspect the steel bridge next, and it will be limited to one lane of traffic.

The city advises all residents to drive with added caution along Fort Henry Drive during this time. Find alternate routes if possible to prevent and avoid heavy traffic.

Once TDOT completes inspection on the Fort Henry Drive bridges, they will inspect the bridges on John B. Dennis Highway near Eastman and on Wilcox Drive near the wastewater treatment plant. There will be no road closures for these inspections.

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