TDOT: Peytonsville Overpass Could Reopen By November
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said an overpass recently demolished after a fatal tanker explosion could be rebuilt by the end of November.
On August 15, a tanker truck being driven by 67-year-old Bobby Bobo struck an overpass support column and burst into flames along Interstate 65 at Peytonsville Road in Franklin.
As a result of the explosion, two existing bridges sustained heavy damage and were deemed unsafe by officials. The road's original bridge was torn down recently, while the second bridge is set to be demolished during the weekend of September 19.
Transportation officials said the work schedule depends on both weather conditions and the availability of materials needed to complete the extensive project.
Steel support beams had to be manufactured and are expected to be ready for installment by October, allowing TDOT crews to set the beams into place by the weekend of October 3.
Once the beams have been installed, TDOT said normal traffic could resume by November 27.
TDOT Officials said reconstruction on the new bridge could resume in the spring of 2015.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)