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Portion of Ga. Highway 212 to be closed Tuesday

CONYERS -- A portion of Ga. Highway 212 will be closed Tuesday as crews work to complete a pedestrian bridge over the roadway.

According to Rockdale County, Ga. Highway 212 will be closed to traffic for one day only between Oglesby Bridge Road and Honey Creek Road. The rain date is May 15.

Detour routes will be posted during construction, which is expected to take less than 24 hours. Detours will direct traffic to Honey Creek Road, Troupe Smith Road and Oglesby Bridge Road, according to the county.

The bridge is part of a 1.2-mile section of the multi-use Rockdale River Trail that will connect the Lorraine Trailhead to the South River at property owned by the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. This section of the trail is funded by a $780,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation, with a 20 percent local match. Local funding comes from the 2011 SPLOST.

Once the bridge is completed, this section of the trail will connect with a proposed 1.4-mile segment that will cross the monastery property. This section is expected to be funded privately through the PATH Foundation and is slated for construction in 2014.

The Rockdale River Trail master plan includes the following trail segments:

-- Section A-1: 1.1 miles from the DeKalb County border to Alexander Lake. This section is entirely inside Panola Mountain Park and was built in 2007.

-- Section A-2: 1.8 miles from Alexander Lake to the intersection of Daniels Bridge Road and Union Church Road. This section is expected to be completed this year.

-- Section B: 2.4 miles from the intersection of Daniels Bridge Road and Union Church Road to South Rockdale Community Park. This section was completed in 2011.

-- Section D: 1.3 miles from South Rockdale Community Park to the Lorraine Trailhead. Anticipated completion of this section will be in 2015.

-- Section E: 1.2 miles from the Lorraine Trailhead to South River at Monastery property. This is expected to be completed this spring.

-- Section F: 1.4 miles from the South River to Monastery Heritage Center. This section is expected to be completed in 2014.