As of early this morning, the new bridge connecting South Clinton and Clinton spanning the Clinch River is open to traffic. The bridge began carrying vehicles both north and southbound at around 6 am today. In addition, the lane closure on Clinch Avenue headed north just before the work zone has been lifted, so now there are two lanes of travel in both directions.
Northbound traffic has three options once crossing the bridge, with traffic lights at the intersection with Seivers Boulevard controlling a dedicated left-turn lane toward Oak Ridge, a middle lane that carries you straight in to downtown Clinton on Main Street, and a right-hand turn lane headed toward Norris.
The project to replace the original Lewallen Bridge, which was built in 1940, began in September of 2018. The next part of the project will be the demolition of the existing bridge and the repair and improvement of Riverside Drive near the bridge construction site.