EDITOR'S NOTE: Look for photos and another update on the reopening of Cogburn Road later this morning. Milton has a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled.
The Cogburn Road bridge will reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, just in time for the heaviest rush hour times.
The bridge has been closed since May 19 so a contractor could replace the old bridge, which was narrow and deteriorating.
Prior to the opening, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. to mark the end of Milton’s first major construction project, according to a news release from the city's Communications manager, Jason Wright.
When the bridge opens, motorists will be able to travel Cogburn Road unimpeded, and all detours will end. However, the work hasn't completed on the shoulders of the road. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling through the work zone.
Carter Lucas, public works director for Milton, said the new arched culvert is far superior to the previous dilapidated bridge structure that spanned Cooper Sandy Creek between Bethany Bend and Webb Road, according to the news release. The bridge’s replacement had been identified as a top priority in a 2009 inventory of city infrastructure because it bore the load of more than 10,000 vehicles a day.
“It’s wider, more stable and easier to navigate,” said Lucas. “Additionally, there are sidewalks and tie-ins for the city’s future trail system.”
Lucas kept residents up-to-date with the project by offering weekly blog posts and photos on the city’s Web site and social media platforms.
The city reported that Oxford-based Hitson Construction Inc. brought the project in on time and within the approved budget of $478,020.39.
For more information on the bridge project, email Angie Kapijimpanga, Public Works citizen responder, or call her at 678-242-2562.