KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Work is already underway on a major road construction project but drivers on Broadway near downtown Knoxville will really start seeing the impact in early November.

An electronic sign now alerts drivers the Broadway Viaduct bridge will close on Monday, Nov. 4, though a TDOT spokesperson said that they will begin the process of closing the bridge on Nov. 3. The viaduct sits between West Jackson and West Depot Avenues on Broadway, spanning the Norfolk Southern rail yard north of downtown.

The $17.4 million dollar project to replace the bridge was announced back in 2016.

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The bridge was built in the 1920's. TDOT said that 10,000 drivers use it every day. 

“We know that it's going to be a huge inconvenience to people who use this bridge. It is a vital connection between North and South Knoxville, but once the work is done it will be a safer and more efficient bridge,” said TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi.

The project is supposed to be completed in August 2022.