New Highway 109 Bridge Set To Open Saturday
GALLATIN, Tenn. – State and local officials were on hand Friday morning to celebrate the new Highway 109 bridge over the Cumberland River in Sumner and Wilson Counties.
Two lanes of the bridge will open to motorists at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Officials said approximately 16,500 vehicles travel the bridge each day, but that number is expected to reach nearly 30,000 by 2035.
On Friday, Tennessee Department of Commissioner John Schroer joined state and local officials to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the bridge.
"This is a very exciting project for TDOT, one that has been years in the making," Commissioner Schroer said. "TDOT is pleased to be able to offer more travel lanes, as well as sidewalks and a beautiful structure to this community. This bridge will serve the growing needs of Wilson and Sumner Counties for decades to come."
Officials said it is vital to both Sumner and Wilson Counties – serving as a "Gateway Bridge" for motorists heading north to Gallatin and Sumner County and those heading south into Lebanon and Wilson County.
Work began on the $29.5-million project in early 2011 to replace the early 1950's style truss bridge, which was showing signs of aging and listed as structurally deficient.
The new bridge is wider and consists of four lanes,, a center median and eight-foot shoulders and sidewalks. The wider structure will make it safer for traffic.
The design also includes decorative columns and a 16-foot high monument with the Sumner County and Gallatin seal on the northern side and the Wilson County seal on the southern side of the structure.
It also widened SR 109 for about a mile and also included the replacement of a concrete box culvert located along the route north of the river with a two span bridge.
Officials said work will continue on the bridge over the next several months with demolition of the old bridge set to happen after all lanes open.