Alcovy Road Bridge set to reopen
County to hold ribbon-cutting

COVINGTON - Alcovy Road Bridge over Cornish Creek will reopen this afternoon.

The bridge has been closed to motorists for three months for rehabilitation.

The county is celebrating the project's completion with a ribbon-cutting at 2 p.m., after which the bridge will be opened to traffic.

"This is the first major bridge we've built in the county ... on our own. State funds now are so limited that there are no bridges in the current transportation improvement plan," County Engineer Kevin Walter said.

The steel inside the 50-year-old bridge had been overexposed to water, causing the concrete to crack, Walter said.

The concrete deck, along with concrete side barriers and steel reinforcement, were all replaced, he said.

County commissioners were anxious to act before the bridge became a safety hazard, he said.

Last year, the county was ordered by the Georgia Department of Transportation to close and repair Edwards Bridge under emergency circumstances, due to water damage to the bridge's structural support.

"We didn't want to be in that situation again," Walter said. "We wanted to be proactive and fix the bridge before it was downgraded (in capacity)."

The new and improved bridge will likely hold for another 50 years, he said.

The $500,000 project was funded through special purpose local option sales tax revenues.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.