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Broad Avenue Bridge project moves ahead

By Ben Roberts - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – It may seem like replacing downtown Albany's Broad Avenue Bridge is taking a long time, but city and state leaders say the project is actually moving along quickly.

The Department of Transportation shut down the bridge last February when inspectors found the footings were severely damaged. The city will have to pay 20% of the cost of a new bridge.

Tuesday, city commissioners tentatively approved paying more than $202,000 so the D.O.T. can continue the design phase. "They're fast-tracking it, and they want to try and get it under construction by Fall of 2011 which is very fast. They put a very high priority on this project," said Albany City Engineer Bruce Maples.

The city's local match for the engineering phase of the project would come out of the city's general fund. A study last year ranked the Broad Avenue Bridge the 18th worst of Georgia's 9000 bridges.

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