A public meeting to discuss the final design of the new Salem Road Bridge over Flat Shoals Creek is set for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 3704 Hamilton Road.
The bridge over Flat Shoals Creek, built in 1929, is Troup County’s last remaining steel truss bridge. The main span is 126 feet long.
At a recent meeting, the Troup County Board of Commissioners heard an update from County Engineer James Emery on the status of the Salem Road steel truss bridge replacement project. Replacement is necessary due to height restrictions, narrow width, poor ride quality, and the 5-ton load rating which prohibits school buses and emergency vehicles from crossing.
At an earlier public meeting in March, various design concepts for the replacement were reviewed and public consensus was reached on the concept of replacing the existing steel truss bridge with a new steel truss bridge of a similar design.
“We were very pleasantly surprised that we actually ended up with a unanimous vote of all in attendance,” Emery said.
Since that time, all of the design work has continued and we now have a complete set of construction plans.
One remaining detail to decide is how to dispose of the old steel truss bridge. Emery reported that the design team and County staff, with input from local residents and County staff had come up with a long list of options during brainstorming sessions. Rather than review all of the ideas during the board’s regular meeting, commissioners suggested scheduling another community meeting to seek input.
Some of the ideas that are on the list to be considered at the Oct. 14 meeting include:
• Standard demolition - steel would be sold for recycling.
• Display a small piece of the old steel as a commemoration.
• Offer the bridge up for sale to the public - would allow for use on private property.
• Disassemble the bridge and store the materials for a future use.
• Disassemble the bridge and reassemble it as a pedestrian bridge on county-owned property.
These are just a few examples of the possibilities, officials said, and any and all ideas are welcomed. All interested citizens were encouraged to attend the meeting and offer ideas and comments.
Publica comments also may be left online at www.troupcountyga.org/salembridgedesignsuggestions.html. Written comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Troup County Board of Commissioners, 100 Ridley Ave., LaGrange, GA 30240.