Unique downtown 'box girder' bridge takes shape, gets completion date
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The new Broad Avenue Bridge in downtown Albany is set to be finished by the end of July 2015.
The project is 60 percent complete, according to officials. They say this bridge is unique because it is a "box girder" bridge which is typically found on large waterways.
The Department of Transportation shut down the old bridge in February 2009.
For more than 5 years, there was only one way to cross the River at downtown: the Oglethorpe Bridge.
One Downtown business owner said he's excited about the new bridge and thinks it will spur downtown development.
"It is a great asset. That is the number two street in town besides Oglethorpe," said Gilbert Udoto, who owns Odyssey Records downtown. "So when it comes to that, that means we are going to see a boom in the business. I would say at least 20 percent."
The bridge will have 28 segments consisting of a top deck where cars will be driven, a bottom floor, and sides. Six of those segments are finished so far and the seventh is expected to be completed on July 3rd.