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.”