Transportation

Bell & Associates is a leader in the delivery of transportation projects. Since 1990, Bell & Associates has constructed over 200 bridges. From interchanges and bypasses to roadways and bridges, the Bell & Associates team brings experience in all aspects of the project delivery process for transportation projects.

Wolf Creek Bridge US25/70

The Wolf Creek Bridge over the French Broad River and Norfolk Southern Railroad in Cocke County, Tennessee, is a five span, reinforced concrete spandrel arch bridge. The bridge was designed by the State of Tennessee in 1925 and constructed in 1926. The bridge is 629.5 foot long and consists of five arched spans.  Its historical significance, scenic setting and strong aesthetic appeal merited TDOT’s decision to invest nearly $9 million in an extensive renovation of the bridge.  

Lewis County, US 412

US Route 412 is an East-to-West Highway that stretches from Tennessee to New Mexico.  Bell & Associates completed a 3.2 mile widening of US Route 412 from 0.38 miles west of the Natchez Trace Parkway and extending 0.27 miles west of Big Swan Creek Road.  In addition, Bell constructed a hollow box bridge along the Natchez Trace.
 
 

Knoxville Transit Center

Bell & Associates was responsible for the construction of 2 bridges over James White parkway to accommodate the Knoxville Transit Center and the concrete foundation packages. One bridge was a steel girder bridge that was called the Pedestrian Plaza and would be used for bench, landscaping, walkways and bike racks. The other bridge was concrete bulb tees and would be used for the buses to pick up and drop off customers.

 

Alcoa Greenway Pedestrian Bridge

Bell & Associates Construction, L.P. constructed a 12 foot wide 200 foot clear span prefabricated bridge for a Greenway over Alcoa Highway. This bridge, the gateway to the City of Alcoa, includes a large quantity of architectural concrete pilasters, decorative lighting, signs, and landscaping. The project included 7% DBE Participation.

28th Ave. & 31st Ave. Connector

The project, which unites parts of West End Avenue with Charlotte Pike, runs behind Centennial Park, and aims to connect neighborhoods and smooth traffic from Metro General Hospital, Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University to Centennial Medical Center, Hospital Corporation of America and Vanderbilt University.  
 
Bell & Associates completed all major features of this project including: the bridge spanning the CSX railroad, the four-lane median-divided roadway, sidewalks, and the adjacent bikeways. 
 

840 Bypass

In November of 2012, Bell & Associates completed the final stages of the 840 Bypass in Williamson County, just south of Nashville. This project consisted of grading, drainage, and construction of bridges and retaining walls. The updated section is 7.9 miles and reaches from the west of Leipers Creek Road to west of Columbia Pike, State Route 6.  State Route 840 connects to Interstate 40 near Lebanon (east of downtown Nashville) and near Dickson (west of downtown Nashville).  The project was completed ahead of schedule and the construction team received an early completion bonus.

Demonbreun Street Bridge

Bell and Associates Construction served as the general contractor for the highly visible Demonbreun Street Bridge.  The art deco bridge serves as the major link between Nashville’s Midtown and the new 2.1 million-square-foot the Music City Center in downtown Nashville.  The 300’ long bridge spans over the CSX railroad tracks. The project was completed five months ahead of schedule.  

I-40 Interchange / SmartFIX

Bell’s work on Interstate 40 in Knoxville, Tennessee, is the largest construction project in the state’s history. Bell was awarded Phase I and II of the bridge and road improvement project for $85 million and subsequently awarded Phase III and IV for $104 million. The project is also notable for its use of Tennessee Department of Transportation’s SmartFIX process. SmartFIX involves complete bridge and road closures for short-terms instead of keeping roads open during construction.

Shelby Street Bridge

Originally built in 1909, the bridge is architecturally important because it was the first in North America to use concrete arched trusses. Bell helped refurbish the bridge after it was closed to vehicular traffic in 1998 and plans were drafted to make it a pedestrian-only bridge. The project ranged from steel structural repair and deck replacement to painting and lighting. The bridge now has a 15-foot bike path in the center and two 10-foot wide boardwalk-style sidewalks, as well as elevators, ramps and stairways.