Hall County’s Tumbling Creek Bridge is set to open to traffic April 4.
“We’re in the final stages of … getting things completed,” Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix said during a visit to the South Hall bridge Wednesday, March 20. “We want to make sure everything is working properly before … it’s open to the public.”
Hall County is planning a grand opening ceremony as part of the bridge opening.
The bridge will extend Tumbling Creek Road from what used to be a dead end north of West Park Drive across Norfolk Southern railroad tracks to Old Oakwood Road.
A traffic light has been installed at the new intersection of Old Oakwood, Tumbling Creek Road and Millside Parkway, and will become operational once the bridge opens. Also, turn lanes have been added to Old Oakwood at the intersection.
When completed, motorists will be able to travel from Mundy Mill Road to Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 using Millside Parkway and Tumbling Creek Road. The 142-foot bridge, with a sidewalk and multi-use path, is the final link.
Nix said officials hope to eventually connect the multi-use path to the pedestrian tunnel off Ga. 13 that serves as part of a trail system leading through Chicopee Village toward Gainesville.
“There’s no funding for that at this time,” he added.
Tumbling Creek Road and Millside Parkway were once connected by a rail crossing, but it was closed in 2013 following seven vehicle crashes at the crossing from 2003 to 2013. One of the crashes involved an Amtrak train, according to Hall County’s grant application to the Georgia Department of Transportation, which is providing some funding for the project.
The project also is being funded by Hall County, Gainesville and Oakwood.
Officials have said restoring the connection would not only better serve growing residential traffic in the area, but give emergency responders easier access to the Gainesville City School System’s Mundy Mill Academy and new subdivisions in the area.
“I think it will be heavily used,” Nix said.