The Woodland Brook Drive Bridge in Vinings has been reduced to one lane until the bridge can be replaced next summer. (Courtesy of Cobb County)

Cobb bridge down to one lane in Vinings

A bridge in Vinings has been reduced to one lane until it can be replaced next summer.

During a recent inspection, it was determined that the outside sections of the Woodland Brook Drive Bridge over Gilmer Creek are “in very poor condition,” according to a county statement.

The reason is “due to exposure to water shedding off the bridge when it rains,” according to a county statement.

To maintain the structural integrity of the bridge until it can be replaced next summer, traffic flow over the bridge is being reduced to one lane running through the center of the bridge.

The inside girders have been insulated from the runoff by the Cobb County Department of Transportation (DOT).

Also, Cobb DOT has installed a temporary traffic signal for the bridge to manage traffic flows.

Cobb DOT additionally will monitor the signal timing for proper operation based on traffic conditions.

Bridge construction cannot begin until Georgia Power begins relocations in November to facilitate the construction next summer.

During that construction, the bridge will be closed and traffic will be detoured to Paces Ferry Road which is under construction.

Information: CobbCounty.org/transportation/news/woodland-brook-drive-bridge-over-gilmer-creek

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