Nearly eight months after the Harrods Creek Bridge was closed because of safety concerns, work has begun on widening the aging span.
The conservation group River Fields has filed two lawsuits to stop the construction work. It says the historic one-lane structure is sound despite its age and needs only minor repairs.
Mayor’s spokesperson Kerri Richardson says unless a judge orders Metro Government to stop the project, construction will continue.
“The contract specifies that the bridge will be open by the end of the year,” she says. “There are incentives built into that contract that reward the contractor if they complete the bridge ahead of time, so we are confident that we are going to have a new Harrods Creek Bridge open for traffic by the close of 2009.”
The project is expected to cost two million dollars.