The Tennessee Department of Transportation recently completed the refurbishment of the bridges on Tellico Parkway. This is the most recent of many highway improvements over the last 10 years that benefited Loudon County in general and Tellico Village in particular.

TDOT spent $110 million in new road construction for these improvements, including $75 million for the Tennessee River Bridge, $23 million on the widening of U.S. Highway 321 in Lenior City, $10 million for repaving of Tellico Parkway and $800,000 for refurbishment of Tellico Parkway bridges.

Additionally, TDOT invests $120,000 annually in the maintenance of Tellico Parkway for such items as mowing, tile replacement, downed trees, etc.

I want to thank TDOT engineers Todd Sexton, Joshua Metz and Kristen Qualls, along with Amanda Snowden, Region 1 director of operations. These TDOT employees were responsible for the completion of all these projects.

Also, thank you state Rep. Lowell Russell, R-Vonore, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, and former state Rep. Jimmy Matlock for their help in funding this work.

TDOT could have chosen to spend the money for these projects anywhere in the state, but they decided to spend the money here. We should all be thankful for their efforts on our behalf.

Ed Wilson

Tellico Village