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Longstreet Bridge now open to traffic
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Traffic crosses the newly completed Longstreet Bridge Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, shortly after the lanes were open to motorists. - photo by Scott Rogers

Update Jan. 28:  Longstreet Bridge opened to North Hall drivers on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The two-lane bridge over the Chattahoochee River is part of a larger project that includes replacement of the Bells Mill Bridge over East Fork Little River. Bells Mill is also on U.S. 129, north of Longstreet Bridge.

The $34 million bridge replacements were awarded to E.R. Snell Contractor in May 2017. The overall official completion date is September 2020.

Removal of the old bridge will begin within a week of Longstreet’s opening, the Georgia Department of Transportation has said.

Also, a 5-day detour will be in place for Thompson Mill Road, a local road within the project limits. Drivers wishing to turn on Thompson Mill Road will need to take Parker Road while grading and final tie-ins are finished, according to the DOT.

Longstreet Bridge is the latest in a series of Lake Lanier bridge replacements.

Several years ago, the state began pushing to replace the bridges that were put in place as part of Lake Lanier’s creation in the mid-1950s.

The biggest of those projects is replacement of Browns Bridge on Browns Bridge Road/Ga. 369. The bridge crosses the Chattahoochee River at the Hall-Forsyth County line.

The $27 million project is set for completion in April 2020.


Update, Jan. 27:

The new Longstreet Bridge is on track to open Tuesday, Jan. 28, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation news release on Monday, Jan. 27.

Crews will be in lanes at 9 a.m. removing barricades, with traffic able to use the new bridge by the afternoon, the DOT said.

Removal of the old bridge will begin within a week of the opening of the new one. 

Also, a 5-day detour will be in place for Thompson Mill Road, a local road within the project limits. Drivers wishing to turn on Thompson Mill Road will need to take Parker Road while grading and final tie-ins are finished, according to the DOT.


Update, Jan 22: 

The Longstreet Bridge opening has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Jan. 28, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.


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Rainy weather will postpone the opening of the new Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129 in North Hall.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said Monday, Jan. 13, it is now expecting to open the bridge — weather permitting — on Jan. 23. Officials had hoped to open it Thursday, Jan. 16.

“Final elements required to allow traffic on the bridge include striping, which cannot be completed during wet weather,” a DOT press release says.

The Hall County area is under a flood watch through Tuesday, Jan. 14, and rain is otherwise in the outlook throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service’s Monday forecast.

When the two-lane bridge over the Chattahoochee River does open, it will be the latest in a series of Lake Lanier bridges being completed by the state.

It is being built as part of a larger project that includes replacement of the Bells Mill Bridge over East Fork Little River. The bridge is also on U.S. 129, north of Longstreet Bridge.

The $34 million bridge replacements were awarded to E.R. Snell Contractor in May 2017. The overall official completion date is September 2020.

Several years ago, the state began pushing to replace the bridges that were put in place as part of Lake Lanier’s creation in the mid-1950s.

The biggest of those projects is replacement of Browns Bridge on Browns Bridge Road/Ga. 369. The bridge crosses the Chattahoochee River at the Hall-Forsyth County line.

The $27 million project is set for completion in April 2020.

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