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Community weighs in on Broad Ave. Bridge replacement

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A major artery that connects east and west Albany has been cut off for more than a year. But plans to replace the Broad Avenue bridge are moving forward.

In fact, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants put it on the fast track.

Monday DOT officials, consultants, and engineers met with community stakeholders to talk about possible designs for the new bridge.

At a previous meeting, GDOT gathered community input on needs, desires, and constraints associated with the proposed construction.

The presentation detailed construction time, cost, and maintenance associated with 8 potential replacement bridges and the impact each would have on the environment.

"What we're hoping for is some feedback on what type of bridge the community wants. The department wants to satisfy the community's needs. Tonight we're going to go over several alternatives We're going to tell them how we came to these alternatives," said Clinton Ford, Georgia Dept. of Transportation.

The state showed off a wide range of options from standard, low cost bridges to elaborate and more expensive bridges.

One of the alternatives, a Tied Arch bridge, would be constructed a 60 foot tall arch. This design would make the arch one of the tallest structures in Albany.

Four of the designs would allow a replacement bridge to be constructed without demolition and permanent maintenance work in the Flint River.

DOT officials hope to start construction by Fall 2011.

Construction time depends on which design is chosen.

The DOT will hold an open house April 29th at the Riverfront Center to answer questions about the alternatives.


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