It may take a few years, but drivers in South Fulton will feel more secure about taking the bridges spanning two of the city’s creeks.
They are on Cochran Road, no relation to this writer, over Camp Creek and Deep Creek in the city’s District 2, and Demooney Road over Deep Creek in District 4.
Fulton County Public Works Department’s transportation division recently contracted with Long Engineering Inc. to design operational and safety improvements for the existing bridges.
“All three bridge projects are federally funded and have concepts approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation,” county spokesman Greg Thomas said in a statement.
County Deputy Director of Transportation Antonio Valenzuela said the Cochran Road bridges will go out for construction bids in 2021.
“Demooney Road over Deep Creek is projected to be let to construction in early fall 2020,” he said.
Fact sheets from recent county public information open house meetings indicate a six-month construction window for the Cochran Road bridges and a year for Demooney Road, during which the existing bridges will be demolished and rebuilt.
“The schedules are upon GDOT approving all phases required as well as hoping that the rights of way goes smoothly,” Valenzuela said about acquiring land for public use, “and our land division is able to certify without any litigations.”
The meeting July 16 at the South Fulton Maintenance and Operation Center on Cochran Road covered the projects on that street, which lie on the northern side of Camp Creek near Cascade Palmetto Highway, aka Highway 80.
The July 17 meeting at the South Fulton Arts Center covered the Demooney Road project, which lies between Campbellton Fairburn Road, aka Highway 92, and Butner Road.
Attendees were able to meet the project team, view approved concepts and provide input.
Design team Long Engineering beat out Moreland Altobelli Associates and Heath & Lineback Engineers for the $899,000 design contract, awarded Feb. 15, 2017 by unanimous vote of the county commissioners, according to county documents.
Its projects include the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Sandy Springs city center and reconstruction following the I-85 overpass collapse in March 2017.
The 2017 agenda item summary stated the need to redesign the three bridges stems from poor condition due to “scour and erosion” at their supports.
“These structures require posting due to the low original design capacity of the structure. A replacement substructure is recommended to upgrade this structure to a point where posting is no longer required and will allow these bridges to be brought up to current design standards,” the summary stated.
Replacing the bridges will eliminate potential catastrophes, prevent injuries and maintain the roads in good repair, the summary said, with benefits including safety, accessibility and operational improvement of the roads.
Federal funds for the design are about $720,000, with a county match of about $179,000.
Total construction costs are about $6.3 million, according to the fact sheets.
Improvements planned include paving the existing gravel roadways to the bridges and adding sidewalks.
Residents can give their input on the design by July 31 by fax, email or street mail; for details, visit https://bit.ly/2Nr1j8l.