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Phoebe foot bridge closes street

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

September 4, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Construction of a sky bridge at Phoebe Putney Hospital will shut down traffic on a road near the hospital for several weeks. Construction on Medical Tower II will be complete around December.

One of the final stages of construction is the building of the Sky bridge, which will connect the main hospital to the car park through an enclosed walk way. To construct the 35 ton bridge, 2nd Avenue between Hines Avenue and Monroe Street will be closed for about six weeks, starting Friday night (Sept. 5th).

Robert Ward said, "To build the actual bridge and have to move it from point A to point B could potentially damage the Oak trees as well as damage the bridge that we've built, so what makes the most sense is to close the road here, actually build the bridge structure in the road lengthwise."

"It's gorgeous, from what I've seen," said Construction Manager David Smith. "It has an appeal that dates back 100 years from the old Railroad trestles, but it also has a modern touch to it with the glass enclosure."

Detour signs will be clearly marked. Phoebe wants to encourage folks to use the Southern Route to the hospital, so as not to block the emergency center area. We have a map detailing the road closure here.

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