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Wilbur Reservoir Bridge Replacement

Carter County, Tennessee

TVA is proposing to replace the roadway bridge across Wilbur Reservoir in Carter County, Tennessee, near Elizabethton.  The Wilbur Reservoir bridge carries Wilbur Dam Road across the reservoir and provides the only vehicular access to local residences and important TVA hydropower and recreation sites.  With its modern construction, the new bridge would provide enhanced safety. 

To minimize disruption in the area served by the bridge, TVA is proposing to construct and open a new bridge adjacent to the current structure, prior to demolishing the current bridge.  During this construction, there may lane restrictions or closures for brief periods, construction/heavy equipment traffic, and construction-related noise.

TVA prepared a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to address the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposal.  The draft EA was released for public review and comment on June 23, 2023.  During the 30-day review period, TVA held two public meetings to provide information to the public and solicit comments about the proposal.  TVA plans to complete the environmental review by the end of 2023.  The final document will include the public comments received on the draft EA as well as TVA’s responses to those comments.  

Related Documents

Wilbur Reservoir Bridge Replacement Draft Environmental Assessment (pdf)


More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
[email protected]
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902