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Albany's oldest bridge closed by DOT

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One of the main connections between east and west Albany is closed tonight.

Inspectors claim the Broad Avenue Bridge isn't dangerous, but they don't want anyone crossing the bridge, even on foot.

Georgia Department of Transportation workers went underwater to inspect the 89 year old bridge, and they didn't like what they found.

Barricades are up and the Broad Avenue bridge is now closed, and there is no timetable when it may open again. Months, with the emphasis on the 'S' at the end is what state Department of Transportation officials said.

Department of Transportation divers inspected the footers that rest on the bottom of the Flint River, and found significant enough deterioration that they said it needed to be closed. Significant enough to make that decision immediately. Transportation officials want to emphasize there has never been any danger that the structure, built in 1920, would fall.

Of course people are being asked to use the Oglethorpe Bridge, the Oakridge Avenue Bridge, or the bypass now.

Transportation officials say there has already been a plan in the works to rehab the Broad Avenue bridge, but now that plan is pushed up.

There are also environmental issues to be dealt with in the river, and of course the state has to come up with the money to pay for the repairs. Officials say they have no idea when those obstacles will be cleared.

Click HERE to see the letter from the DOT.

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