Two bridge projects are taking major steps forward this year, including a full replacement of the aging Hubert Stephens Road Bridge near Murrayville.
On Tuesday, March 6, the Hall County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved contracts for a design-build replacement of the Murrayville bridge and cleared the way to hire a project manager for construction of the new bridge over Tumbling Creek north of Oakwood.
E.R. Snell, a frequent contractor with the county, was hired to design and build Hubert Stephens Road Bridge for $1.27 million.
Public Works Director Ken Rearden said he expects the bridge to close to traffic in May. Construction will run through the summer and conclude in August — the goal being to get the bridge finished before the start of the next school year.
The condition of the bridge had deteriorated to the point that school buses in the northern part of Hall County are no longer allowed to cross it, according to Rearden.
Meanwhile, commissioners approved the hiring of Moreland Altobelli Associates as an independent project manager for the Tumbling Creek bridge project.
For $175,743, the contractor will carry the bridge project from start to finish. It was being handled by Hall County Public Works, but Rearden said a large workload in the department and the complexity of the project required it to be farmed out to the contractor.
The projects will be funded with special purpose local option sales tax dollars, according to Tim Sims, purchasing manager and head of the county SPLOST programs.