Lanes Mill Road bridge reopens Tuesday

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By Ben Carlson

The Lanes Mill Road bridge near the Franklin County line reopened Tuesday afternoon.
Anderson County highway foreman Billy Catlett made the announcement during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
The bridge was closed for several months after it was declared dangerous by former highway foreman Chip Chambers.
Replacing the bridge cost the county $49,000, but that money was recovered through the state’s emergency road aid fund, to which the county contributes.
Although located on a secondary road, the bridge being closed was a significant issue for residents along Lanes Mill and others in the Ninevah area of Anderson County. They use the bridge to travel to US 127 and Franklin County instead of traveling nearly back to Lawrenceburg on Ninevah Road.
The bridge is also a key component to Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery, a major tourist attraction.
Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said bad weather delayed getting the bridge reopened.
“The contractor has apologized for taking so long,” Conway said.
“But you can’t do much about the weather when it snows every other day.”