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55-Ft. Bridge To Be Built In Fort Payne; Finished In Summerville

A 55-foot long bridge will be constructed in Fort Payne and shipped to Summerville’s J.R. “Dick” Dowdy Park in the coming months.
Last week the city council approved spending about $36,000 with Pioneer Bridges, Inc. The bridge is part of the city’s effort to extend its walking trail.
The city will have to hire someone to construct the remaining portions of the trail.
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs gave the city $120,720 to complete the project. As with a lot of grants, the city will have to include a cash match or do in-kind work. The city does not plan to use its dollars but instead will use employee labor to help construct the bridge that is engineered to cross the park’s creek. It will be similar to the wooden pedestrian pathway bridge the city added between Highway 27 and First Street.
The trail will terminate on a piece of property on Economy Street that the city owns.
Monday night the council unanimously agreed to hire Allen Smith Consulting to provide an appraisal for land acquisition. The firm will be paid with grant monies.
“This bridge will be fabricated from atmospheric corrosion resistant weathering steel. The floor deck materials will be either lpe Hardwood decking or a ‘Trex’ or composite deck,” according to the bid specification. “Not included is the unloading, erection, support, anchor bolts and abutment designs.”
“The engineer said they were fine with it,” Summerville City Manager Janice Galloway said.

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