The bridge was closed to remove debris caused by floodwaters. It was scheduled to reopen at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
A few people called 911 to see if there was an alternate route into LaGrange. They were advised they could take Lovic Davis Road, then Garrett Road, Liberty Hill Road, Antioch Road, and finally Rock Mills Road and come out on Roanoke Road.
One motorist said she got as far as Antioch Road before deciding to return home.
A big crane was being used to pull up debris that had built up against the earthen embankment alongside the bridge, said David Barr, supervisory ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers. It was placed in large trucks and hauled away.
“They’re trying to pull it out before it floats down river,” he said, adding that there didn’t appear to be enough debris to cause structural damage.
“It’s just something you don’t want lying around the bridge,” Barr said. “It could be a navigational hazard too.”
He said a lot of buoys have been thrown around by the floodwaters and he urged boaters to “use extreme caution when they go up the river because there may not be buoys there to guide them.”
He said the buoys should be back in place “in the near future,” but some will have to be ordered, which can take several months.
Joel Martin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 884-7311, Ext. 235.