Henley Bridge back open

(WBIR - Downtown Knoxville) After being closed for almost three years, the Tennessee Department of Transportation reopened the delay-plagued Henley Bridge just after midnight on Thursday morning.

For now, only one lane is open in each direction, and bike lanes won't be open until the final completion date which is June 3, 2014.

Hundreds of cars drove over the newly opened bridge Thursday morning on their way into downtown Knoxville. WBIR 10News was there throughout the morning and didn't see any traffic issues.

TDOT said the bridge is structurally ready for traffic and that remaining work will mostly be aesthetics.

TDOT also announced the estimated cost of the project remains unchanged at $31 million..

The Henley Bridge closed back in January 2011. Within the first year, two workers were killed working on the project, causing construction to temporarily shut down. Later, TDOT announced crews would need to replace three of the large concrete pier columns, pushing the completion date into 2014.


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