Houston & Peach

Fort Valley bridge closed for repairs

The bridge over railroad tracks on State University Drive near Ga. 49 in Fort Valley was closed Tuesday until repairs can make it safer for traffic, a Peach County official said.

Marcia Johnson, county administrator, said the Public Works Department was notified Monday by Norfolk Southern Railroad about soil erosion at the bridge’s support pillars, and county engineers inspected the bridge Tuesday morning before closing it for repairs.

“You couldn’t see the damage from the road, and the railroad apparently had gotten reports from train personnel about the bridge,” Johnson said.

“There is one exposed pillar, and engineers had concerns about the sway,” she said. The bridge will be closed for several months, she said, while the county completes repairs with the state Department of Transportation and Norfolk Southern personnel.

Traffic will be rerouted to University Boulevard bypass until the bridge is repaired, a news release from the county stated.