Wilbur Dam Road Bridge
Carter County, Tennessee
Located in the northeast corner of state, Carter County is known as the gateway to the Southern Highlands. Due to its mountain views and waterways, this Tennessee community has an outdoor destination for everyone. As a community that has steadily grown over the last decade, Carter County developed a need to improve their roadways and bridges to better accommodate the influx of visitors in the region.
The Wilbur Dam Road Bridge was originally constructed in 1941 as a steel truss bridge with one lane. Over time its role as a major point of crossing over the Watauga River prioritized its importance to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). In 2009, SSR was hired to provide construction engineering inspection (CEI) oversight during the construction phase of the new replacement bridge. In addition, SSR coordinated with the local water authority to build a primary water main bridge attachment.
In September of 2010, the new Wilbur Dam Road Bridge was completed at a total construction cost of $1.5 million. One unique characteristic of this project is that it was one of the first TDOT projects to be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The creation of this new bridge allowed for safer and more efficient access into the community for residents, commercial traffic, and emergency vehicles.