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Construction workers bridge the gap
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Bridge construction crew members from E.R. Snell prepare a beam to be placed into position on Clarks Bridge.

Crews began setting beams Monday for the new Clarks Bridge over Lake Lanier in Gainesville and will continue today and Wednesday, weather permitting.

Each beam is about 136 feet long, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 70 tons. Workers plan to set five beams daily, starting work about 9 a.m. and continuing most of the day.

Work is on schedule, meaning the roadway should reopen by July 26. Until then, Ga. 284 remains closed to traffic just north of the Olympic venue. Vehicles must come north on the road to access parking and boat ramps; no access is available for southbound traffic on Clarks Bridge Road.

Construction is also continuing on a pedestrian tunnel under the road.

The $8.7 million construction project will result in a new bridge with 12-foot-wide lanes, an 8-foot-wide shoulder for cyclists and the pedestrian tunnel. The project is set to be completed by Dec. 31, 2015.