On June 19, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration has approved the Categorical Exclusion (CE) for this project, completing the process in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The primary purpose and need for this project, which was initiated by TDOT, is to replace the State Route 92 Bridge over the French Broad River. The State Route 92 Bridge is critical in the connection between the communities south of the French Broad River and Dandridge, as well as Interstate 40. Without the Bridge, residents of communities south of the French Broad River would drive an additional 15 to 20 miles to access the next closest bridge.
The Point Resort marina and TVA public access also generate a significant amount of heavy vehicle traffic that relies on the State Route 92 Bridge for a connection across the River. Narrow lane widths on the existing through truss bridge create uncomfortable passing conditions for these large vehicles. Additionally, school busses, which cross the bridge on a daily basis, frequently report damaged mirrors.
Additional goals of this project include:
Proposed Typical Section of Replacement Bridge:
This project is currently in the Right-Of-Way Acquisition phase.
SR-92 Dandridge Bridge Replacement Location Map