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Stockbridge gets new bridge over train tracks
by Nneka Okona
May 16, 2013 10:27 AM | 2224 views | 4 4 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>From left, county Commissioner Reid A. Bowman and SPLOST Transportation Director Roque Romero stand in front of the recently completed Rock Quarry Road Bridge in Stockbridge.
Staff / Katherine Frye
From left, county Commissioner Reid A. Bowman and SPLOST Transportation Director Roque Romero stand in front of the recently completed Rock Quarry Road Bridge in Stockbridge.
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There is a new bridge in Stockbridge — Rock Quarry Road Bridge, spanning the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.

The Henry County Board of Commissioners recently commemorated the bridge’s completion with a ribbon cutting.

Funded by the Eagles Landing Parkway allocation of Henry County’s special purpose local option sales tax and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds, the 235-foot bridge cost about $7 million, according to a county press release.

Constructing the two-lane bridge can also help mitigate future traffic congestion.

It can accommodate one extra lane in each direction, should the need arise.

District 4 Commissioner Reid Bowman said in a statement the bridge has opened up “part of the traffic congestion at Eagles Landing and Hudson Bridge on Interstate 75.”

District 5 commissioner Bruce Holmes, in whose jurisdiction the bridge is located, said its completion is crucial for one vital reason.

“That bridge is very important to people on the north end of the county because it gives us direct access to the hospital without interference from the train,” he said about Piedmont Henry Hospital. “In many cases, it could mean life or death for someone traveling in an ambulance or traveling trying to get to the hospital.”

Anywhere from 50 to 60 trains travel the railroad tracks on a daily basis, on an inconsistent schedule.

Holmes said the bridge creates momentum for further work to be done in the area to ease north end traffic congestion, most notably a project that could be funded through another SPLOST.

“Rock Quarry Road ends at North Henry Boulevard,” he said. “We want to get SPLOST IV passed and get the funding that will connect East Atlanta Road with Rock Quarry Road.”

Holmes said the hopes with the proposed project are that it will “be a direct route to the middle of the county and also a direct route to the hospital.”
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daniel simpson
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May 28, 2013
The problem was the train either stopped on the rail road tracks at the crossing or took 20 minutes to get over the crossing.

Glad the bridge is done, but why didn't they just make it four lanes to begin with?

It did take an awfully long time. They should have hired the company that widened Eagles Landing. They did that really fast.
thomas brannon
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May 24, 2013
it is amazing that this bridge was built , when there are at least

four other bridges/tunnels that should have been built first , to alleviate the delays at railroad crossings in the following areas .

1. Jonesboro Road , from the McDonough Square westbound,

toward Lovejoy .

2. Hampton Street , from McDonough Square westbound toward

Hampton .

3. Jodeco Road.

4. Racetrack Road , in McDonough .

I would be interested to know who received money to complete

this project , but I guess that will never see the light of day .
Matthew Carson
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May 24, 2013
This was a huge inconvenience. I know it had to be built, but it shouldn't have taken 16 or 18 months! Rarely was anyone working on the bridge. Now that it is built it is only two lanes!
joshua ingle
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May 18, 2013
hey it took u long enough mail is slow but there no words to describe how slow u were in building this bridge
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