published Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Britton Bridge allowed to restart work after review

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Transportation said work on highway projects by Britton Bridge and Mountain States can resume today after a two-week suspension for a safety review.

TDOT suspended the projects after a worker was killed on the Henley Street Bridge project May 24. Solin Estrada Jimenez, was standing on a construction barge under the bridge when he was hit in the head and killed by a piece of concrete that came loose from a support beam, according to newspaper archives.

TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said in a news release today that the office is committed to worker safety.

“We feel confident that our safety staff has conducted a comprehensive review of the procedures in place and that construction work can safely resume at these sites,” Schroer said.

In Southeast Tennessee, that includes work on the $21.5 million project to replace the U.S. Highway 41 bridge across the Tennessee River in Marion County, TDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said Wednesday.

A comprehensive investigation of the Henley Street bridge project by the Tennessee OSHA continues.

TDOT is still determining whether Britton Bridge, LLC and Mountain States will be allowed to bid on future construction projects.

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