PTC approves new gateway bridge

An artist’s rendering of the gateway bridge to be built on Ga. Highway 54 just before Coweta County.

Get ready for a new gateway bridge in Peachtree City.

The Peachtree City Council gave the go-ahead Jan. 17 for a gateway bridge project that has been discussed for years.

City Engineer David Borkowski explained the bridge was placed on the city’s most recent SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) proposal and the city’s staff believes the project will begin in the early spring with an as-yet-undetermined finish date.

The $3.3 million project is located on Ga. Highway 54, just before you enter into Coweta County. The bridge will be funded through $2.5 million in SPLOST funds and just over $750,000 in impact fees from construction occurring in the West Village.

The city currently owns the property where the bridge will span Hwy.54, but Borkowski explained the site does offer some challenges.

“It’s 17 feet above the roadway, and we will need 3,300 dump trucks of fill to prepare the site,” Borkowski said.

The bridge will actually have a four stories height differential from the bridge to the tunnel, and require 300 tons of asphalt and an 11,000 sq.ft retaining wall.

The City Council approved the design, so Borkowski will now move forward with easement procurement and DOT permitting.

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