Knoxville bridge reopening before Thanksgiving

POSTED: 7:20 AM Aug 27 2013   UPDATED: 3:58 PM Aug 27 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

A main Knoxville bridge will reopen several months ahead of schedule, in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it didn't expect to reopen the bridge until late February after adding repairs to the bridge's concrete piers to the project.

The bridge connects downtown Knoxville to south Knoxville across the Tennessee River by way of U.S. 441.

The completed bridge will have new features, including wider sidewalks for pedestrians and bike lanes in each direction.

TDOT says traffic will continue to be restricted to one lane in each direction while workers finish staining and lighting and complete a gas line that runs the length of the bridge.

The project, which began in January 2011, is expected to be completely finished by June 3.