2018-08-09 / Front Page

Soap Creek Bridge finally opens to traffic

The long-awaited new Soap Creek Bridge is now finally open for use. The bridge, closed in the fall of 2016, was predicted, at that time, to reopen in July of 2017. However, due to an unforeseen issue with an existing local water line, construction was delayed for almost a year.

The original bridge, located four miles east of Lin­colnton on US 378/State Route 43, was built in 1951 and needed replacement due to structural issues. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also requested that the new structure be raised an additional eight feet above the old bridge, allowing for safe boat passage at full pool. This structure spans 270 feet and is 40- foot wide, following the same alignment.

According to Georgia Department of Transporta­tion (GDOT) District Two Communications Officer Kyle Collins, there will still be some temporary closures in the coming weeks to finish key project tasks, but the $8.8 million project is open to traf­fic.

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