Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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COVINGTON — The Board of Commissioners recently awarded a contract to Gresham Smith and Partners of Alpharetta to provide engineering services for bridges in the county at a cost of $38,735.
The contract will cover 18 bridges and two culverts previously identified by the Georgia Department of Transportation as being deficient, and is a start toward Chairman Keith Ellis’ goal of getting assessments done for all 55 bridges and culverts in the county.
Gresham Smith and Partners will inspect the structures and verify conditions as reported in Georgia Department of Transportation bridge inspection reports and document any new findings, according to the company’s proposal to the county. Gresham Smith will also provide recommendations and cost assessments for any repairs or replacements, which could allow the bridges to improve load ratings and stop or delay deterioration to extend the life of the bridge, the report states.
Transportation Director Tom Garrett said the report will be useful when requesting funding from DOT for upgrades.
Ellis previously said the county has 55 bridges and culverts, and to get the bridges in the shape they need to be, it could take $1 million a year.
Ellis wants a comprehensive prioritization bridge and transportation plan in place for the current and future boards to reference. He also wants to post projects in the commission board room for citizens to view.