Whitfield County helps with bridge construction

Photo by Mitch Talley

Whitfield County Public Works recently helped with construction of a new bridge on Poplar Springs Road near Crow Valley Road as part of a group of eight bridge and culvert projects paid for with the last of the 2015 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds. The concrete bridge, constructed by Georgia Bridge and Concrete, replaces two rusted-out metal pipes and is expected to last for at least 100 years. Public Works Director DeWayne Hunt, shown crossing the new span on foot, says the bridge is "easy to install, very stable, and requires very, very little maintenance since it's virtually all concrete." Compared to the metal pipes previously used at the location, the bridge offers better drainage of the large amount of rainwater runoff in the Crow Valley area and is less likely to become clogged by debris. The county solicited bids for the collection of eight projects. Public Works bid the work so that the contractor focused on the construction and the Public Works Department assisted the contractor with peripheral services such as trucking, paving, guardrail and striping. By doing so, it reduced the amount of the contract and saved taxpayer dollars. 

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