TDOT: 3 Henley Bridge piers must be rebuilt

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it will rebuild three piers supporting the Henley Bridge rather than try to repair the severely deteriorated concrete pillars.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( reports officials aren't sure yet how much more time and money it will add to the $24.7 million project that has closed the span for two years. Originally, the bridge had a completion date set for June 30.

TDOT bridge division director Wayne Seger says officials should have "a very honed estimate" by mid-January.

Seger said damage to the three piers was more extensive than originally thought.

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