A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) --- It didn't look like it was going to collapse under me.
The cobblestones may have been loose but it didn't feel unsafe.
Actually it was quite pleasant.
The ramp onto Gay Street from Jackson Avenue has been around since 1919. A piece of Knoxville history.
But out of a possible 100 points for sufficiency it got a 2.
Sufficiency rating is a complicated formula that looks at the structure of the bridge and its surface. It also looks at the intersection it sits on and how often its used.
A 2 isn't the number you'd like to see. And it isn't alone its one of hundreds on a TDOT list of deficient bridges.
Deficient doesn't mean unsafe, the ramp is still open, but it is an important word now more than ever.
President Barack Obama wants to aggressively fix some 70,000 deficient bridges across the country and he's willing to spend $50 billion to do it.
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