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Tumbling Creek Bridge in South Hall opens to drivers
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People make their way across the bridge during the Tumbling Creek Bridge opening ceremony on Thursday, April 4, 2019. 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. - photo by Austin Steele

Tumbling Creek Bridge in South Hall opened to traffic Thursday afternoon, providing connectivity between Old Oakwood Road and Atlanta Highway.

The 142-foot bridge goes from Tumbling Creek Road to its new intersection with Old Oakwood Road. In 2014, Norfolk Southern closed the nearby railroad crossing after seven vehicle crashes at the crossing between 2003 and 2013.

A new traffic light has been installed at the new intersection of Old Oakwood Road, Tumbling Creek Road and Millside Parkway. Old Oakwood also has new turn lanes at the intersection.

The bridge also has a 10-foot-wide multi-use path on the west side, and a five-foot-wide walking path on the east side.

Drivers will now be able to travel from Mundy Mill Road to Atlanta Highway using Millside Parkway and Tumbling Creek Road.

Hall County Commissioner Billy Powell, whose district includes the bridge, said Thursday he was happy the project stayed on budget and on time.

“Before they closed (the previous crossing), it was serving over 400 people a day at the west end of the crossing,” Powell said. “I’ve already been approached today by the employers on this road, saying it’s going to make their life a lot easier.”

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Hall County Commissioner Billy Powell speaks during the Tumbling Creek Bridge opening ceremony on Thursday, April 4, 2019. 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. - photo by Austin Steele

The bridge will also provide additional access to Mundy Mill Learning Academy and Lanier College and Career Academy.

The project was jointly funded by nearby municipalities, the county and the state. $2 million came from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, while the Georgia Department of Transportation contributed $1 million, the city of Oakwood $50,000, the city of Gainesville $200,000 and Hall County contributed $1.77 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.

Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan praised the collaborative nature of the project at the bridge’s opening ceremony Thursday.

“This is a great example of what working together with government and other entities can do,” Dunagan said.

Oakwood Mayor Lamar Scroggs agreed.

“It’s been a wonderful experience to work together,” he said.

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Attendees throw confetti as the first car crosses the Tumbling Creek Bridge during the opening ceremony on Thursday, April 4, 2019. 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. - photo by Austin Steele