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Repair plans for Broad Av. Bridge nearly complete

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Department of Transportation plans to fast track the project so work could start as early as this fall.

In February the DOT closed the bridge after inspectors said the footings are so severely deteriorated the bridge could fall.

Next week, environmental inspectors will be in the water around the bridge checking to see if endangered species in the river might be affected by construction.

City leaders met with the DOT in Atlanta to discuss funding and a possible time line.

"We left there with some assurance that they have not forgotten about us and they're working hard to come up with some type of solution even though the estimate is between thirteen and fifteen million dollars," said Mayor Willie Adams.

That's the cost to perform all the needed repairs on the bridge including handrails and relocating utility lines.

City leaders approached Representative Sanford Bishop to see if he could help get federal money for the project.

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