Replacing a bridge on Cogburn Road held up with timbers – that's wood, folks – will force motorists to drive on Highway 9 all summer long.
On Saturday, May 19, the first day of summer vacation (and graduation day for a lot of Alpharetta and Milton High seniors), work will begin replacing the bridge over Cooper Sandy Creek just east of St. Francis High School's entrance.
That means only local traffic will be able to use Cogburn Road between Webb Road and the bridge, and between Bethany Bend and the bridge. Some of the local residents will even have to make that detour.
You'll still be able to use Alpharetta's , you'll just have to go north on Highway 9 – or come in from the west on Bethany Bend.
Milton City Council approved a bid from Hitson Construction for $478,020 to replace the bridge. Public Works Director Carter Lucas said the work is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 3
The construction project will replace the existing bridge with an arch culvert spanning the creek to minimize stream impacts and avoid costly permitting requirements.
The culvert will be wider than the bridge it replaces. The report by Lucas said the typical roadway section over the culvert will consist of two, eleven-foot travel lanes with two foot paved shoulders, curb and gutter with a trail on the west side in conformance with the trail master plan and a rural grassed shoulder on the east side.
Adding to the traffic woes will be work done for improvements at the Cogburn Road, Bethany Bend, Hopewell Road intersection.
All of this needs to be completed before Cambridge High opens–and the other schools along Cogburn Road: , , and .