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New Longstreet Bridge opening soon on U.S. 129 in North Hall
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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

The new Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129 in North Hall is set to open Jan. 16, the Georgia Department of Transportation said Wednesday, Jan. 8.

The two-lane bridge over the Chattahoochee River is 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.

Katie Strickland, DOT district spokeswoman, said she would have a "better idea of (Bells Mill's) timeline after next week's work."

"Weather permitting, we can pour two more sections of the bridge’s driving surface, and then we will only have one last span to pour before the safety elements, like striping and guardrail and signage."

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

"There will still be lane closures until final completion" in September, Strickland said.

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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