Clarkesville Council to receive bridge replacement update

The map shows the location of the bridge that Georgia DOT is planning to replace in Clarkesville. Clarkesville Elementary School is located in the top left corner and the old courthouse is in the top right corner. (Georgia Department of Transportation)

The Clarkesville City Council will receive an update on the Monroe Street bridge replacement at its Monday meeting. The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) has provided the city with documents giving an overview of the project, which is still in the planning stages.

The bridge is located near Clarkesville Elementary School on GA 17/115 and crosses the Soque River.

The documents outline various scenarios for replacing the bridge and consider traffic volume in the area.

In an effort to reduce detours, delays, and effects on existing businesses, the DOT plans to replace the bridge in stages. It will utilize a portion of the existing bridge as travel lanes while replacing and widening the other portion. Once the first portion is completed, traffic will shift to allow the replacement of the other side.

The anticipated start date is several years out since the project is still in the planning stages. The estimated cost is more than $11 million. The earliest construction could begin would be in 2032.

Event updates

Also on Monday’s council meeting agenda is Clarkesville Main Street Director Colby Moore’s update on upcoming events, including Red, White, and Tunes. This annual event typically features concerts and fireworks in the park and is scheduled this year for Saturday, July 13.

Moore will also provide an update on the June 2024 Music Festival. This summer concert series on the square begins on June 8.

The Clarkesville City Council will not hold a work session on Monday afternoon. However, the council will meet for its regular meeting at 6 p.m. at Clarkesville City Hall, 123 North Laurel Drive.

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