Work is well underway on the Tumbling Creek Road bridge in South Hall, with Hall County officials eyeing a March completion.
“All of the utilities have been relocated, and the walls for the bridge are currently under construction,” Hall spokeswoman Katie Crumley said last week.
Crews are in “a 30-day waiting period as we wait for soil levels to settle on a reinforced earth wall on the west side of the tracks,” she said.
Otherwise, the “eastern reinforced earth wall is currently under construction.”
Once the 30-day period has passed, beams will be set across the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks at the project site.
The project will serve to extend Tumbling Creek across the tracks to Old Oakwood Road at Millside Parkway.
Millside Parkway leads to the Mundy Mill subdivision in Gainesville, as well as to Mundy Mill Learning Academy, which is part of the Gainesville City School System. Old Oakwood is a key artery between Oakwood and Gainesville.
Officials hope the long-awaited project will serve as a key connector road, as Tumbling Creek Road also links up with Atlanta Highway/Ga. 13 just north of Interstate 985’s Exit 17.
The project is costing $4.9 million, funded through state grants and special purpose local option sales tax revenue, as well as contributions from Oakwood and Gainesville.
Georgia Bridge is the project contractor.
Tumbling Creek Road and Millside Parkway were once connected by a railroad crossing, but the crossing 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’s grant application for state funds.