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Rock Quarry Bridge open

 

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 

  The bridge over the railroad tracks on Rock Quarry Road in Stockbridge opened April 30 to motorists, more than a year after the road was originally closed at that point for the construction.

  The road has been touted as an important link between downtown Stockbridge and Piedmont Henry Hospital but has been hampered by frequent train traffic through the at-grade crossing in years past.

  Construction of the bridge began in October of 2011 and was originally scheduled to be completed this past December, but several delays pushed the most recent projected opening date to May 1.

Henry County District IV Commissioner Reid Bowman was among the happiest to see this project in his district finally finished.

  “This has been on the list of things to be done since I moved to Henry County in the mid-1970s,” he said. “I’m just happy to be one of the ones to help get it done.”

  The total cost of the project was about $6 million, and it was included in the county’s SPLOST III list of capital projects. One important factor in its completion now was the availability of federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds which were applied to the Eagle’s Landing Parkway widening. Otherwise, Bowman said, the money for the bridge might not have been available yet.

  “Over the years it seems like there have been several instances where the money for this project went somewhere else,” he said.

  The bridge will be closed again, but only for a few minutes to celebrate the completion of the project. An official grand opening will be Tuesday, May 7, with a 2 p.m. ribbon-cutting on the bridge. Visit www.henrycounty-ga.org for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

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