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Because rain won’t go away, DOT won’t be opening Longstreet Bridge this week
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The new Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129 in North Hall is set to open Jan. 16. - photo by Scott Rogers

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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