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Eyes on the Road: Clarks Bridge could tie up traffic today
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Traffic will be affected today as workers get busy making the new Clarks Bridge at Lake Lanier a complete structure.

The contractor, E.R. Snell Contractor Inc. of Snellville, is set to pour two spans, tying together key parts of the bridge, including vertical concrete columns and horizontal concrete caps that form a capital T shape on the vertical columns.

The horizontal bridge beams stretch between the caps. Steel plates are welded into place between the beams, then concrete is poured into the steel pans tying the entire structure together. This concrete forms the driving surface of the bridge.

As a result of the work, the northbound lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

This $8.7 million construction project calls for replacing the bridge on Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road over the Chattahoochee River. The existing bridge was built in 1958 and does not meet current design standards.

The new bridge will have 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot bike path in each direction. As part of the work, a pedestrian tunnel has been built under Ga. 284 at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

The overall project completion date is Dec. 31, 2015.

Public can give input on early road projects list

A public hearing on a preliminary list of projects in the regional 2040 transportation plan is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday.

The meeting will take place at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, with the help of Norcross consultant Pond & Co., is developing the federally required plan, getting input from the public and government officials.

The MPO serves as the lead transportation planning agency for the Hall area, which includes West Jackson County.

The Hall County area is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for road projects through 2040 from local, state and federal sources, government officials learned Thursday.

Also part of the plan is a “tiered” listing of the projects, or projects divided into time frames between 2015 and 2040.

Overall, Pond estimates the Hall area has some $2.42 billion in projects that have been left off a “financially constrained” plan and otherwise dubbed as “aspirations.”

Officials have scheduled another public hearing on the plan for Jan. 8. The document is set for an August completion.

Jeff Gill covers transportation issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:

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