David Montanye, director of Cobb's department of transportation, said unforeseen conditions related to CSX activities have temporarily delayed the county's project to replace and widen the bridge. The bridge will remain open to vehicles for about a month before construction resumes, Montanye said. An average of 9,020 cars cross the bridge each day.
The $1.6 million bridge project is being paid for though the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
The existing bridge is 27 feet wide and has one northbound and one southbound lane for vehicle traffic.
Montanye has previously said the new concrete bridge will be 48 feet wide. There will be two 14-foot travel lanes, with 10-foot sidewalks on each side. The new bridge will also have room for pedestrians and other non-motorized users, and will ultimately be part of a new trail in that area.
Stan Bond, park superintendent at Kennesaw Mountain, told the Journal last month that the bridge would be a major safety improvement. Park officials have recognized for years the hazards of pedestrians trying to cross the bridge with no sidewalk and little room for them to walk across.
"The main thing is safety for pedestrians and bike use," he said. "In the end, it'll be a huge, positive benefit so we can eventually get that multiuse trail."