Federal contractors replace bridges at battlefield

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A Kentucky bridge contractor with a $1.6 million federal contract is replacing two historic bridges in the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
The work on Alexander's Bridge and nearby Slough Bridge includes rebuilding stone masonry walls and replacing wood guardrail.
The Federal Highway Administration in May awarded a $1.6 million contract to Bluegrass Construction Corp. of Lexington, Ky.
The battlefield park's resource management chief told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the contractor has done similar work before.
The current Alexander's Bridge dates back to 1907 and will be donated.
The work will reopen Alexander's Bridge Road.
During the Civil War, Union soldiers took up planks on the bridge then at the site to prevent Confederates from crossing.


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