GWINNETT COUNTY, Georgia — On Monday, the crew reached an important milestone in their efforts to connect the two suburban cities on the Chattahoochee River.
An abandoned bridge was demolished to make way for a pedestrian-friendly bridge between Gwinnett County and Fulton County.
Tony Thomas, Director of Gwinnett County Bureau of Channel 2 On Monday at Rogers Bridge Park, where he watched the staff slowly hoist the historic bridge with a large crane, and then put it by the Johns Creek by the river.
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More than 100 years after crossing the Chattahoochee River, the Rogers Bridge creaked and groaned when the staff lifted it from the support.
The 228-foot-long steel bridge will soon be replaced by a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge.
“Now, this new bridge will be an excellent connector,” said Nancy Harris, the mayor of Duluth.
The Rogers Bridge was built in 1912 and was mainly used on the railway to transport cotton from the side of the Fulton River to Duluth and Suwanee. It has been abandoned since the 1970s.
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“It’s about the past,” said Ed Malowney of the local historical society. “Today is today. In the future, we will remember this bridge for a long, long time.”
The new 14-foot-wide, $7.2 million bridge will connect Rogers Bridge Park with Cowley Creek Park in Johns Creek, and then connect to miles of trails spanning the two counties.
Parts for the new bridge should begin to arrive in February, and construction will begin in the spring. The bridge is expected to open at the end of summer next year.
“I am very happy to see that it will be resurrected in some way,” said resident Ann Parsons Odum. “Things must change and move forward, so we are lucky.”
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