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Bridge Replacements Over Daddy’s Creek and Obed River

Cumberland County, Tennessee

On August 26, 2009, TVA issued a final environmental assessment (FEA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for a proposal by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for two bridge replacements over Daddy’s Creek and Obed River in the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The bridge replacements require approval under Section 26a of the TVA Act.

The Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division of the FHWA, in cooperation with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), Tennessee Department of Transportation, and the National Park Service (NPS), Obed Wild and Scenic River, proposes to reestablish an adequate transportation system within the Catoosa WMA by replacing the Potter Ford Road Bridge, which washed out in 2001, and replacing the existing, but structurally compromised, Otter Creek Road Bridge. The project is needed because there is limited connectivity between the two sections of the Catoosa WMA since the collapse of Potter Ford Road Bridge over the Obed River, which rendered that road unusable. In addition, the Otter Creek Road Bridge crossing Daddy’s Creek poses safety concerns. The road and bridge network is used by the NPS and TWRA personnel for resource management activities and by the public for recreation purposes such as hunting, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. The TVA FEA and FONSI are presented below.


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Final Environmental Assessment (106 kb)

Attachments to the Final Environmental Assessment

Attachment 1 – Section 26a Application (PDF, 946 kb)
Attachment 2 – FHWA Categorical Exclusion (PDF, 2.7 mb)
Attachment 3 – Categorical Exclusion Checklist (PDF, 275 kb)
Attachment 4 – Agency Correspondence (PDF, 6 mb)

Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 120 kb)


For more information or a copy of the documents, contact:

Kenneth P. Parr, Senior NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
1101 Market Street, LP 5U
Chattanooga, TN 37402

(423) 751-4254; Fax: (423) 751-3230



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