By Monroe Roark
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.