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Ebenezer Church Road Bridge under construction, partial road closure expected to last 6 months

By Michael Cuneo – 

FAYETTEVILLE — Fayette County is getting a bigger, wider, and more robust bridge on Ebenezer Church Road in Fayetteville.

In order to accommodate modern vehicles and increase weight limits, Fayette County allocated 2017 SPLOST funds to replace a 165-foot bridge built-in 1965 on Ebenezer Church Road. Construction, and a partial closure of the road, started Wednesday.

“The current bridge, built-in 1965, is 160-ft long, has a weight restriction of 10 tons, and does not meet today’s design standards.” a Fayette County press release reads.

Fayette County will pay less than 15%, or around $714,583, of the project’s total $5.3 million cost. The county was responsible for any land acquisition during the project.

The county noted that the bridge is in good structural condition, but widening and weight capacity increases are needed for modern vehicles.

The new bridge will span 300 feet and have 12-foot lanes with eight-foot shoulders on each side. The bridge will also accommodate modern vehicle weights.

The project is headed by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and will take approximately six months to complete.

While construction crews have been clearing out trees and surveying land since November of 2021, the actual demolition of the current bridge did not start until March 10.

The portion of Ebenezer Church Road that spans from Lester Road to Redwine Road will remain closed for the project’s duration. However, all other access on Ebenezer Church road is still accessible.

C.W. Mathews Contracting Company was awarded the bid to carry out the construction. The demolition of the current bridge and construction of its successor is expected to be completed by September 2022.

By Michael Cuneo

Michael Cuneo is a news and sports reporter for the Fayette County News. Michael graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Journalism in 2020. In his off time, Michael enjoys torturing himself as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Follow Michael on twitter @michaelcune