Cobb’s historic Concord Road covered bridge closing soon for $800K fix

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Cobb’s historic Concord Road covered bridge closing soon for $800K fix

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The Concord Road Covered Bridge near Smyrna will be closed for four months as crews repair the historic structure.

The historic Concord Road covered bridge is going to be in the shop for four months beginning Monday.

The Smyrna structure has taken a beating in its 145 years and will be undergoing an $800,000 restoration project, according to the county transportation agency.

Cobb County commissioners unanimously approved the contract with Brookhaven-based Suncoast Restoration and Waterproofing at its May 23 meeting.T he work will be funded by the 2016 SPLOST, or Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

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The bridge, which spans Nickajack Creek, has started to lean, the county said.

Crews will repair one of the bridge supports, install new frames inside the bridge, clean and paint existing steel and replace the guardrail along with the roof and exterior siding.

Depending on which direction you’re driving, you can connect to Hurt Road on the southwest side of Concord Road about a half-mile from the bridge.

The register inspects sites before accepting them. The covered bridge’s report said concrete supports were added in 1965 to accommodate modern vehicles. It was built in 1872. You can check out that inspection report here.

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