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Will Feds fund Broad Avenue Bridge repair?

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The City of Albany is looking for money to help pay for repairs to the Broad Avenue Bridge.   The bridge has been closed since February. You can't drive or walk across the bridge and it's estimated that repairs to deteriorated bridge footings could cost upwards of $10 Million.

Kenneth Cutts from Congressman Sanford Bishop's office told city commissioners it will likely be the end of this year, or the beginning of next before federal funding can be secured, but that's not stopping the city from moving ahead.

"This is obviously a very high priority for us and we're going to take whatever avenue we can," said Assistant City Manager Wes Smith. "Of course, as was reported last wee, there are environmental questions with a particular muscle that lives in the river, it may slow us down, but that doesn't slow down our intent to try and find the money and make this happen as quickly as possible."

No repair work could begin even if money was secured until the mating season for the threatened Purple Bank Climbing Mussels ended anyway. That ends around August.


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