The original bridge was named after the Rogers family, who operated a ferry system across the Chattahoochee River. City officials believe the bridge dates back to 1912 — built to replace the ferry system to transport cotton over the river — and fell into disuse in the 1970s, Pozin said.
“You can’t get more warm and fuzzier than a park-to-park connection,” Pozin said. " If you wanted to kayak and you live in Johns Creek, you don’t have to drive your kayaks across the river on Ga. 120 and come back up Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to get to Rogers Bridge Park; you can just walk your kayak across the bridge.”
Duluth and Johns Creek started planning for the project after completing a bridge condition survey in 2014, gathering feedback from residents and spending about four years on pre-construction, Pozin said.
Construction on the project will cost about $7.2 million, with $5.1 million coming from the Atlanta Regional Commission and $700,000 from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Duluth, Johns Creek, Gwinnett County and Fulton County will each put $350,000 toward construction costs. The partners also spent about $700,000 on pre-construction and design costs for the new bridge.