The local Old Stone Fort Bridge Preservation Group met with officials from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and with representatives from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in a closed door meeting, on Thursday, January 4, 2024 in Murfreesboro, regarding the planned removal of the Prat Truss Bridge from Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park.
The Old Stone Fort Bridge Preservation Group included their own engineers to present data to the TDOT engineers as to why the bridge could be re-vamped and made useable. The Old Stone Fort Bridge Preservation Group also referenced other bridges, in other areas that were utilized in different ways (see pictures below).
The bridge is owned by TDEC and maintained by TDOT. TDOT’s position is that the bridge is unsafe and unusable in its current state.
Decisions were not made during the meeting, but Mike Robertson, Director of State Park Operations, had this to say:
Chuck Yoest, Regional Director of TDEC, had this to say: