Tennessee Department of Transportation used an innovative approach when it rebuilt a portion of the collapsed State Route 7, which saved TDOT money and allowed drivers to regain access to this critical route much faster than originally thought.
State Route 7 in rural Maury County collapsed in May 2010 after a three-day rain storm. In order to save time and money, TDOT officials decided to build a bridge across the area instead of refilling the area to build over it. The $9.5 million project was completed in November 2011. TDOT Commissioner John Schroer called the project the “most extensive repair project initiated by TDOT after the May 2010 floods” during the ribbon cutting ceremony.