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Ask The Times: Why is new Clarks Bridge solid, high?
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Cars travel across the new, wider Clarks Bridge on June 24. - photo by Erin O. Smith

If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.


Why did they make the sides of the new bridge on Clarks Bridge Road solid? We cannot even see the water now that the sides are high and solid.

“The concrete sides are higher to keep vehicles on the bridge and out of the lake — it is a safety feature,” Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman Teri Pope said.

The new bridge has two 12-foot travel lanes and an 8-foot bike lane/shoulder in each direction. It is 952 feet long and 40 feet wide.

The old bridge, built in 1958, is 834 feet long and nearly 24 feet wide. It is being torn down.

The project also involved construction of a new pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284. The tunnel opened earlier this year.


What are they building behind the new Taco Bell and Kroger on Jesse Jewell Parkway?

Gainesville Community Development Director Rusty Ligon said grading of the site by a developer is all that is being done at this point.

Ligon added that there are no plans for any specific development at this point, only getting the land ready for future development.


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