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Long Hollow Baptist Church
Raven Engineering/BEAC, Inc.
T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc.
When Long Hollow Baptist Church was in the process of a campus expansion, Sumner County required them to create another entrance due to traffic concerns.
To reach the road, it was necessary to cross a substantial flood plain and Drakes Creek. Because of potential flooding concerns and environmental impact, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) officials would not allow a causeway to be built through the flood plain to the creek’s edge.
Raven Engineering determined that it would be necessary to build a structure that would span the entire flood plain as well as Drakes Creek. Ultimately, a triple-span Contech vehicular truss bridge was selected for its ability to span the area, while providing cost efficiency and aesthetic appeal. “Working in a flood plain near an active creek while installing the bridge foundations was very challenging” said Andy Zimmerman, Project Manager for T.W. Frierson. “The bridge was actually one of the easier parts of it. Contech provided on site technical support to lead us through the process” The new bridge satisfied the requirements of FEMA and TDEC, minimizing environmental impact. A second exit now opens onto New Shackle Island Road at the back of the campus, significantly alleviating traffic congestion.
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