Engineers present Rogers Bridge rehabilitation concepts in Duluth

This Rogers Bridge design will retain the existing steel truss bridge, but repair the bridge and foundations to carry its own weight. Courtesy City of Duluth

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This Rogers Bridge design will retain the existing steel truss bridge, but repair the bridge and foundations to carry its own weight. Courtesy City of Duluth

Duluth and Johns Creek residents participated in two meetings this week to view four design concepts for the Rogers Bridge pedestrian bridge. With community input, the joint city and county project will determine whether to replace or rehabilitate the existing Rogers Bridge over the Chattahoochee River.

Each design will take into account the environmental impacts, and determine the best way to create a working bike/pedestrian connection between Duluth and Johns Creek. The bridge will allow access to the planned 133-acre parkland under development in Johns Creek, and will allow Fulton County residents access to Rogers Bridge Park, the Chattapoochee Dog Park, and the future Phase III Western Gwinnett Bikeway currently under development by Gwinnett County.

Two of the designs on display incorporate the existing, rusting 228-foot long, pin-connected Pennsylvania Petit-type steel truss bridge that has been closed to vehicular traffic for approximately 40 years. The additional two designs completely remove the old bridge and replace it with either one that replicates the original design or one with a more graceful tied arch bridge.

View each design and leave comments at www.duluthga.net/RogersBridgeProject.