Multi-million dollar bridge project continues in Columbus

Published: Feb. 18, 2022 at 12:42 AM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Construction efforts continue in an area of Columbus where trains are known to slow down the flow of traffic.

The $40+ million project to build a bridge over the train tracks is well underway.

Big silver power poles are being installed in this area commonly known as the “spider web”. It’s located along Buena Vista Road where several streets come together along with train tracks - that’s where the problems come in.

The seemingly constant flow of trains slows down not only normal traffic, but emergency vehicles including police and ambulances.

That’s why plans are in the works to build a bridge over the tracks to keep traffic moving. Several buildings in the area have already been torn down.

District 3 Councilman Bruce Huff says the project is still in the preliminary phase with road lane construction. The entire project is expected to be completed near the end of 2023.

“There’s been a lot of discussion of when is the bridge coming, when is it coming, Huff said. “Now that they have purchased all of the right-of-way here and you can see the power poles going up - you can see the machines in the area. All of the road work will be done first. When they finish the roadwork, that will be the last piece, the bridge going up.”

It will ease traffic, but even more importantly - it will be a significant boost for first responders.

That will help the Columbus Fire Department, rated as one of the nation’s best, to keep response times fast and efficient.

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