Blount County Highway Superintendent Bill Dunlap and State Sen. Doug Overbey officially reopened Chota bridge recently.
Dunlap said the project took about three months. The total cost of the project was $279,000 and Blount County’s share was $60,000. The State Aid Bridge Replacement Program is an 80/20 match with the county picking up the 20 percent match, he said.
“Chota Bridge was in need of extensive repairs. It was structurally sound but the width was narrow. We chose to rehabilitate it rather than build a new structure,” Dunlap said. “We did realign and widen the deck and put in new wing walls that kick water away from the bridge footings.”
State Sen. Doug Overbey said the grant program is a great example of a state and local partnership. “It’s really stretching taxpayers dollars on both sides, and it allows local government to pick their priorities for what needs to be replaced, or in this case, rehabilitated,” he said. “Even in these tough economic times, we need to keep the state aid bridge and road programs in tact for the benefit of local governments and local taxpayers.”