Bridge to be Closed to Traffic but Preserved as Historical Structure

July 29, 2008
Dwayne Page

A bridge at Dry Creek is being closed to traffic but it will become an Historical bridge remaining open for pedestrians.

The county commission took the action Monday night.

County Mayor Mike Foster says this concrete arch bridge is on Dry Creek Lane, a short road that connects Dry Creek Road and the Old Dry Creek Road, just off Highway 70. " There's very little traffic on it but it is kind of a unique bridge. We got a letter from the state concerning this bridge. They are basically saying that it either needs to be replaced or closed. You can get on either Old Dry Creek or New Dry Creek Road within a hundred yards on either side of the bridge. So it (Dry Creek Lane) just connects that little area there. It doesn't make sense to spend a half a million dollars putting a new bridge there when we need them in other places. It was Kenny's (Edge) recommendation that we close the bridge to traffic but blocking it so that it can be open to foot traffic and that it be retained as an Historical site because of it's unique construction."

Road Supervisor Kenny Edge told WJLE Tuesday that this is the only remaining arch bridge in DeKalb County. The bridge was designed and built in 1922 by the Luten Bridge Company of Knoxville.

(Picture-Kenny Edge stands near bridge at Dry Creek)

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