COCKE COUNTY, Tenn. – The Wolf Creek Bridge rehabilitation project in Cocke County, Tenn., was featured in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) magazine, Civil Engineering. As a subconsultant to AECOM, Summit Design and Engineering Services provided construction engineering and inspection services on this notable project for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).
America’s oldest national engineering society, ASCE’s Civil Engineering reaches over 140,000 civil engineers worldwide, according to its website. Thomas Brian Hall, PE (AECOM) and John Scott Hastings (TDOT) co-authored the featured project article, “Preserving a Landmark.”
Mr. Hall, AECOM project manager based in the global engineering and construction firm’s Nashville office, and Mr. Hastings, civil engineering manager in TDOT’s structures division also based in Nashville, wrote about the life of the project.
Running through the Cherokee National Forest, Wolf Creek Bridge allows Route 9 and US 25 and 70 to cross the French Broad River and the Norfolk Southern Railroad. Originally constructed in 1926, this bridge provides an alternate route between Tennessee and North Carolina when Interstate 40 is closed due to rockslides. Adjacent to a bear reserve managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the project location was an environmentally significant site. Initially planned to be demolished, the project team rehabilitated Wolf Creek Bridge because TDOT and nearby communities wanted to “preserve the landmark.”
Mr. Hall stated in a LinkedIn post that the TDOT Wolf Creek Bridge project is “one of the most unique projects [he’s] had the privilege of working on in [his] career.”