Retail center’s demolition tied to future Poplar Viaduct project

An old strip shopping center was demolished this week to help lay the groundwork for replacing the even older Poplar Viaduct.

But don’t confuse deconstruction with construction.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) remains only in the right-of-way phase of the project to replace the bridge completed in 1928.

No bids have been let to replace the Poplar Avenue bridge that spans the spot where Union Avenue turns into Walnut Grove Road as well as the CSX, Union Pacific and Canadian National railroads, TDOT spokeswoman Nichole Lawrence said.

The project will be big, whenever it starts.

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