GDOT calls Rome public meeting on new U.S. 27 bridge

A public outreach open house on replacing a highway bridge over the Etowah River in Rome has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16, by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The meeting, concerning the Ga. 1/Ga. 20/U.S. 27 bridge, is set for 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rome Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Drive.

The present four-lane span was built in 1956, and the project extends about 0.3 miles from Riverbend/Hicks drives to East 1st Street/Martin Luther King Boulevard, GDOT said. Plans call for a new bridge with two lanes in each direction, 11 to 12 feet wide, and turn lanes at intersections.

“Traffic will be maintained on-site throughout construction,” GDOT said. “Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques are to be implemented during construction to reduce construction time.”

At the public meeting, residents can view project displays and submit comments to a court reporter. There will be no formal presentation, but GDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. Information: https://bit.ly/2QtfixA