The Henley Bridge remains under construction
Lawmakers hope a new grant will give an extra boost to small businesses in South Knoxville struggling to stay open as construction on the Henley Street Bridge continues.
State Senator Becky Massey said in a statement that Governor Bill Haslam included a $30,000 economic development grant to the Legacy Parks Foundation in the state's budget passed by the General Assembly on Friday.
The City of Knoxville and Knox County pledged $20,000 each to help the struggling businesses as well.
Construction on the Henley Street Bridge was originally scheduled to finish by the end of June 2013, but complications, including structural issues delayed the reopening to February 2014.