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Old 12-27-2015, 10:16 PM
 
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I'm glad to see GDOT is finally replacing this important gateway bridge into Downtown Albany.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed statewide transportation projects list released recently includes funding for the engineering necessary to start what is expected to be complete replacement of the Oglethorpe Boulevard bridge, one of Albany’s most prominent east-west connectors.

City officials have already started talking about plans to reroute traffic during what could realistically be a five- to eight-year process.

“My expectation is that we would work closely with Department of Transportation officials to find the most effective, and time-sensitive, way to complete this project,” Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan said. “It certainly will have a major impact on traffic into and out of the city.”

While Deal’s plan allows for engineering funding in 2016 needed to start the planning process for the overhaul of the Oglethorpe bridge, Albany drivers got a taste of what to expect with the replacement of the renamed Broad Avenue Memorial Bridge. That structure, which was condemned in 2009, was finally finished and reopened six years later, on Nov. 11 of this year.

Albany/Dougherty Planning Services Director Paul Forgey, who serves as chairman of the Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study Coordinating Committee, said that while it is not immediately clear if DOT’s plan is to completely replace the Oglethorpe bridge, he would not be surprised if that is the case.

“The last time before their most recent inspection, DOT found that the Oglethorpe bridge was ‘low quality,’” Forgey said. “There could be a way to structurally repair the bridge without replacing it completely, but everything I’ve read indicates the bridge needs to be replaced. It’s still safe enough to drive on right now, but there appears to be a feeling that that won’t last too much longer.

“What I’ve gathered from the governor’s transportation plan is that there will be funding for preliminary engineering in the next year. After that has been completed and approved, construction will follow. I think the general feeling (of DOT officials) is that this bridge needs to be replaced within the next 10 years, so why not do it now?”
GDOT funding allocated for Oglethorpe bridge replacement | News | albanyherald.com
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