The bridge, built in 1916, is not intended for pedestrian use, but has been preserved as a historical artifact, Cox said. Officials believe removing beams on the Gwinnett side would keep people off the bridge. Those beams are how most jumpers have accessed the bridge, Cox said.
Park workers have stepped up patrols around the bridge, which is not part of an established trail and not easy to get to, Cox said. There have been 50 citations and warnings issued in the past month.
The time frame for a decision on removing the beams isn’t entirely clear, but Cox hopes to get the plan in motion by early September.
“It’s a priority for us,” Cox said. “We’re moving as fast as we can to hopefully keep people from hurting themselves or killing themselves.”
Neighbors say they realize they live next to the tracks, but the engine usually doesn??t run for five days nonstop.