The city of Atlanta April 1 announced the opening for the new Powers Ferry bridge in Buckhead will be delayed due to utility relocation issues and inclement weather encountered during construction. With the existing bridge in the demolition phase, the Powers Ferry bridge replacement project is now targeted for reopening later this summer.

“We extend our sincerest apologies to the Powers Ferry community for the continued inconvenience associated with the bridge closure and construction delays,” Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST General Manager Josh Rowan said in a news release. “Despite our best efforts, the construction team was not able to recoup construction time lost to weather and relocation difficulties faced during the fall and winter months. The bridge will not be reopened this spring as originally anticipated.”

The project was delayed by rainy weather and a variety of challenges associated with moving power, water, gas, cable and phone lines located in and around the bridge construction zones. Water and gas line relocations at Powers Ferry were especially problematic, requiring rerouting around rocky terrain and pipe repairs prior to final service connections.

Current indications are that with good weather, crews will complete the project later this summer. When the revised schedule is finalized, Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST will share an updated target reopening date with the community.

In a news release, Michele Wynn, program management officer for all bridge and roadway projects within the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST program, said the construction team and contractors will implement all available strategies to complete the project as quickly as possible. Acceleration tactics could include, but are not limited to: extending daylight work hours on weekdays and weekends; using fast-curing materials such as those used in the reconstruction of the Interstate 85 bridge and scheduling construction activities concurrently, where possible.

“With no further unforeseen delays and a plan for accelerating construction activities, our construction team and contractors will work diligently to deliver the project later this summer,” Wynn said.

The delay in opening the new bridge comes after the old bridge's closure was stalled twice, from Sept. 14 to Sept. 19 and then to Oct. 1. Last year, before the delays, the new bridge was expected to open March 30, according to the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST website.

For more information, visit renewatlantabond.com or call 404-330–6165.

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