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Bridge opening may coincide with Veterans Day

Chadwick Hartley, District Engineer Chadwick Hartley, District Engineer

We finally have an opening date for downtown Albany's new bridge.

Inspectors shut down the old Broad Avenue Bridge, also known as the Veterans Bridge, to honor Veterans, more than six and a half years ago.

The City asked Georgia Department of Transportation if they can open the bridge up on Veterans Day, and one GDOT official said he doesn't see why not.

In 2009 the bridge was shut down because it was deteriorating. They started demolishing the old bridge in June 2012. The final items on the new bridge are almost finished, so the opening day is now planned for November 11th.

"The city has indicated that's the date that they would like to open up we don't see any problems with that date. The contractor is pursuing some of the punch list activities. Which mostly include the deck activities which will affect traffic," said Chadwick Hartley, District Engineer.

Officials say it took so long because of Environmental factors and it's a specialty project. Also as some of you remember last winter's water levels slowed down the process.

But the weather is good right now, and November 11 is looking good for an opening. 

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