Shoal Creek bridge project nears completion

by Sarah Fay Campbell

The approaches to the new Shoal Creek bridge on Lower Fayetteville Road are ready to be paved, and barring serious weather delays, the project should be completed by mid-August.

That date is ahead of schedule, despite the near continuous rain Coweta has been having, and the weather-related delays earlier this year.

The bridge at the east end of Lower Fayetteville was closed to traffic in November, and was projected to be closed nine months. The estimated completion date, for all work to be done, was originally Oct. 31, according to officials with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Paving needs to be done on the approaches to the concrete bridge.

"There is not a lot of paving to do, probably 200 to 300 feet on each end of the bridge, and the driveways," said Tod Handley, Coweta's director of transportation and engineering. Handley said he reviewed the project on Wednesday, and "it looked like they were pretty much ready to pave.”

In addition to the paving, workers from Rogers Bridge Company will have to install guardrails and plant grass. There will also be some "punch list" items to be done, but the bridge can probably be opened to traffic before those are done.

The project is being administered by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

It was originally thought the bridge could be closed for up to a year.

The $1,048,373 contract was awarded to Rogers Bridge Company of Atlanta last August.

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