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SPLOST Completes Hudson Bridge Road, Begins Rock Quarry Road Bridge

SPLOST Completes Hudson Bridge Road, 
Begins Rock Quarry Road Bridge
Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the new four laned Hudson Bridge Road were, from left to right, Chris Marsengill, McGee Partners, District 4 Commissioner Reid Bowman, Phil Woodall, SPLOST Construction Inspector, Councilwoman Kathy Gilbert, City of Stockbridge, Councilman Mark Alarcon, City of Stockbridge, Rocky Romero, SPLOST Transportation Director, Burt Bivins with SPLOST, District 2 Commissioner Fred Auletta, SPLOST Civil Engineer Chae Yi, Councilman Harold Cochran, City of Stockbridge, Tommy Crochet with McGee Partners and Bettye Cochran.

The Henry County Board of Commissioners, together with the SPLOST Department, held back to back ceremonies Wednesday, celebrating the progress the one penny sales tax under the SPLOST III program has enabled in the community, in this case for improving transportation. 

The group began with a groundbreaking ceremony for the bridge over the railroad tracks on Rock Quarry Road.  The bridge will be constructed to one day be four lanes, even though Rock Quarry Road is not expected to be widened for some time.  Such planning for future expansion saves the county both time and money because they are able to go ahead and acquire the right-of-way needed for the future at today’s prices, pay only once to move the utilities, and disturb the land at the bridge one time.

A detour will be necessary for a few months during the construction of the bridge. 

“We’re going to do Railroad Street where people can get around Railroad Street and access Rock Quarry Road by going down Railroad Street,” explained District 4 Commissioner Reid Bowman.
“We’re going to have to close the road for a very short period of time, approximately 6 months, in order to get the bridge built.”

Once complete, the new bridge over the rail road tracks is expected to enhance trip times for citizens as well as public safety, greatly improving emergency response times.

“You never know the trains’ schedule, and there have been times when an ambulance has had to turn around and go back around simply because a train was going through,” said Bowman.  “This has been promised for over 30 years, and this is a great day for the north end of Henry County and the City of Stockbridge.”

The total cost of the Rock Quarry Road Bridge is $6,990,781.  It was designed by McGee Partners of Tucker, Georgia and will be constructed by G.P.’s Enterprises of Auburn, Georgia.  It is expected to be complete in approximately 14 months.

Following the groundbreaking, county and city officials, together with the contractor and engineers, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hudson Bridge Road.  This ¾ mile stretch of roadway has been widened to four lanes and extends from Jodeco Road to Eagles Landing Parkway at the I-75 bridge.   Turn lanes have also been installed at the intersection of Hudson Bridge Road and Flippen Road, which have helped to alleviate congestion in the area.

“Prior to this, with the four lanes merging into two, and the traffic being backed up, it obviously had to be discouraging to citizens, so it is definitely going to help the commercial businesses, and of course, it is going to help the citizens going to 75 and coming  home at night from 75,” said District 2 Commissioner Fred Auletta.  “The other is that this four lanes from Jodeco Road all the way to 155, so it is going to give us an east-west corridor that is really going to help citizens.”

The total project cost for Hudson Bridge Road is $4,292,963.10.  G.P.’s Enterprises and McGee Partners were the contractor and engineer for this project as well.

For more information about these or any other SPLOST project, please visit, www.henrycounty-ga.org/splost.

SPLOST Completes Hudson Bridge Road, 
Begins Rock Quarry Road Bridge
Participating in the groundbreaking of the Rock Quarry Road Bridge over the railroad tracks were, from left to right, Jill Hodges with McGee Partners, Chris Marsengill, McGee Partners, Burt Bivins with SPLOST, Phil Woodall, SPLOST Construction Inspector, Councilwoman Kathy Gilbert, City of Stockbridge, Councilman Harold Cochran, City of Stockbridge, Councilman Mark Alarcon, City of Stockbridge, Rocky Romero, SPLOST Transportation Director, District 4 Commissioner Reid Bowman, and Tommy Crochet with McGee Partners.

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