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Gainesville pedestrian bridge undergoing repairs

Expected to be finished, reopened by this weekend

POSTED: May 29, 2013 12:30 a.m.
SCOTT ROGERS/The Times

A crew from Rogers Bridge Co. removes pieces of broken concrete Tuesday morning as it prepares to replace a portion of the sidewalk leading onto the downtown Gainesville pedestrian bridge.

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The pedestrian bridge in Gainesville should be repaired and reopened by this weekend.

Barclay Fouts, construction project manager, said a section of sidewalk that settled and cracked is being replaced. The approximately 10-by-30-foot section is on the square, or City Hall, side of the bridge.

“It’s just a piece of sidewalk that’s developed a crack,” Fouts said.

“The way you fix that is you break it up with a jackhammer, or hydraulic hammer, rework the dirt where it’s caused it to settle, smooth that out and pour new concrete,” he said.

The bridge, which closed Tuesday for the work, should remain closed through Friday. Although the work appeared to be extensive, Fouts said that timetable still looked appropriate.

The contractor, Rogers Bridge Co., is paying for the repair because the bridge is still in its warranty period.

Opened Aug. 31, the bridge crosses Jesse Jewell Parkway from the Brenau Downtown Center, the former Georgia Mountains Center, to a vacant lot beside a CVS Pharmacy.

Construction of the bridge began in March 2011. After a railing fell from the 17th Street Bridge in Atlanta in August 2011, the Georgia Department of Transportation ordered crews to stop working on the Gainesville bridge until a DOT investigation was completed.



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