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Bridge construction continues
by Nneka Okona
November 13, 2012 03:07 PM | 1782 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Nathan Self <br>
SPLOST Transportation Director Burt Bivens makes sure the Rock Quarry Road Bridge project in Stockbridge is coming along on schedule.
Staff / Nathan Self
SPLOST Transportation Director Burt Bivens makes sure the Rock Quarry Road Bridge project in Stockbridge is coming along on schedule.
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Rock Quarry Road Bridge in Stockbridge is still underway.

The structure, slated to be completed in March of next year, has been a work in progress since June 2011.

A part of the Rock Quarry Rod widening project, the bridge is a designated SPLOST III project.

Rocky Romero, SPLOST transportation director, said the project was certainly needed in the area.

“The bridge is going over an existing railroad track that has approximately 50 trains per day,” he said. “Rock Quarry Road serves as an access route to Piedmont Henry Hospital which is located at the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and Eagles Landing Parkway.”

The bridge will replace the current grade crossing.

When construction of the bridge concludes, which depends heavily upon the contractor for the bridge, conditions in the area should improve, said Romero.

“Once complete, the bridge is expected to greatly reduce traffic congestion and emergency response times in the area,” he said.

The bridge will replace the current grade crossing.

In 2011, the Henry County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement between the county and Norfolk Southern Corporation for construction of the bridge.

Norfolk Southern contributed a lump sum of $187,500 to the construction of the bridge, which only represents a mere 5 percent of the total cost of $6.9 million.

The company also performed preliminary and construction engineering for the new bridge, which included removal of the past railroad crossing signal markers and electrical changes.

Additionally, the bridge was designed by McGee Partners, a company based out of Tucker.

In the future, the bridge will include four lanes, although the county is already making preparations for the lanes to make it more cost-effective.
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