Volume 51, Number 47

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pickett County bridge project selected for funding project to be funded through bridge bonds

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has selected
the Pickett Park Road (SR-154) Bridge over Thompson Creek
for rehabilitation under TDOT’s proposed bridge bonding program.
The proposal, which has been presented to the legislature,
will create or retain more than 15,000 jobs in Tennessee
and will rebuild or repair two-thirds of the state’s aging bridges.
TDOT has proposed issuing $350 million in general obligation
bonds to repair or replace 200, or two-thirds, of the state’s
structurally deficient system bridges. Included in the bridge
projects slated for construction under the program are:
·7 weight posted bridges
·1 bridge currently closed to traffic (Cordell Hull Bridge in
Carthage)
·17 fracture critical bridges
·29 scour critical bridges
·62 bridges that are both structurally deficient and functionally
obsolete
·11 large bridge projects costing more than $10 million each
(including 7 projects costing more than $20 million each)
By using bonds, the state is also able to make needed repairs
to bridges while material costs and interest rates are low.
The Pickett Park Road (SR-154) Bridge over Thompson
Creek is slated to be rehabilitated in Fiscal Year 2010, once the
bridge bonding proposal is approved by the General Assembly.
The legislature is currently considering the transportation
budget for approval.
For more information on Tennessee’s bridges visit
www.tn.gov/tdot/bridgeinfo/default.htm
County Commissioners meeting
Pickett Sheriff’s Department receives free patrol car
In June of last year, the Pickett County Sheriff’s Department
received information about donations from
Brentwood for police squad cars. According to David
Gossett of the Brentwood Police, after department vehicles
reach a maximum mileage quota, they are then
donated. A written request was made by Sheriff Clois
Brown explaining that Pickett County was a small
county and would benefit from another patrol car.
On April 14th, the request was granted for a 2002
Chevy Impala fully equipped with blue lights, in car
video camera and cage.
Sheriff Brown and Pickett County Executive Stephen
Bilbrey traveled to Brentwood and picked up the car.
A thank you to the Brentwood Police Department and
Mr. Gossett for donating the car to Pickett County.
Pictured at left Sheriff Brown and Mr. Gossett

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