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Lawnville bridge work to finish Oct. 31

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By Damon Lawrence

For weeks, crews have been doing construction work on the Lawnville Road bridge over Interstate 40 near Kingston in Roane County.
In an e-mail, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Yvette Martinez said the work is a repair project that consists of removing the asphalt layers to expose the concrete deck.
“Crews checked the deck for any needed partial or full-depth repairs,” she said.
“Crews will also replace the asphalt layers, which includes a sealer that will help pre-
vent water from reaching the concrete surface.”
Work has also been done on the overpass beams.        
“The concrete bridge beams were struck at some point by traffic traveling along the interstate, so repairs were made to the concrete bridge beams,” Martinez said.
“Crews will also apply a texture coat or paint to all exposed concrete surfaces. In addition to the bridge repairs, some work will be taking place on the adjacent ramps that are in need of repair.”
Martinez said the completion date for the project is Oct. 31. The work is well ahead of schedule, she added.
“The only work that remains is the painting/texture coating of the bridge and general cleanup around the site,” Martinez said.
The work has caused some lane closures on I-40 near the project.  
“We are anticipating that we will finish with the painting by Thursday (Aug. 26) night,” Martinez said.
According to TDOT, the state received $572.7 million in federal stimulus money for highways and bridges.
However, Martinez said the Lawnville work, which cost $256,762, is not a stimulus project.