Spinning our Wheels

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Crumbling bridge in South Atlanta needs replacement

The Georgia Department of Transportation is seeking public input on a plan to replace the Ga. 42/McDonough Road Bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad.

The bridge, built in 1924, is located on McDonough Road between Lakewood Avenue and Milton Avenue. Currently one sidewalk and about eight feet of the roadway are closed to traffic because of the bridge's deterioration. Concrete is cracking and buckling.

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GDOT wants to build a new bridge with two, 16-feet-wide lanes, nine-and-a-half feet wide shoulders and seven-and-a-half-feet sidewalks. The new bridge also will have walls that are 20 to 30 feet high.

“The proposed project will require a detour during construction,” said Xavier James, Georgia DOT Project Manager, said in a statement. “The Georgia DOT invites residents and commuters in the area to give their input on the proposed detour and the bridge replacement.”

An informal open house will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Villages at Carver Family YMCA, 1600 Pryor Road in Atlanta.

Residents can also view the project and submit comments online at http://www.dot.ga.gov/PS/Public/PublicOutreach. From the menu, select the county where the proposed project is located; select "0011684 SR 42 Spur Bridge Replacement"; click "comment" and follow instructions.

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