Silver Comet Trail Bridge Closures

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The Pedestrian Bridges Along the Silver Comet Trail Will Be Closed at Different Times Between Jan. 20 through Apr. 25.

As this affects many of our Monte Hewett homeowners, we wanted to notify our residents about the upcoming temporary closures to the pedestrian bridges along Silver Comet Trail.

From the Cobb Country DOT:

Closure dates released for Silver Comet Trail pedestrian bridges slated for repair Cobb DOT Press Release: January 8, 2014

Silver Comet Trail Bridge Closures

Five pedestrian bridges along Cobb County’s 12.8‐mile Silver Comet Trail will be temporarily closed to the public this winter while Cobb County Department of Transportation (CCDOT) crews repair or replace bridge ends over Cooper Lake Bridge, Olley Creek Bridge, Noses Creek Bridge, Lucille Creek B ridge and Powder Springs Creek Bridge.

The repair work, funded by the 2011 SPLOST, will result in consecutive closures of each pedestrian bridge through April 2014, resulting in NO ACCESS and NO DETOURS across the bridges during construction. At the same time the pedestrian bridge work is being conducted, additional crews will be improving other areas along the Silver Comet Trail by repairing fences, drainage systems and grading.

Variable message boards along the trail indicate where the closures will occur. The closure schedule is weather‐dependent and includes:

Silver Comet Bridge Cooper Lake Bridge Olley Creek Bridge Noses Creek Bridge Lucille Creek Bridge

Powder Springs Creek Bridge

Mile Markers 0.0 – 1.2 6.3 – 7.3 8.3 – 8.7

10.5 – 11.2 (Phase 1) 10.5 – 11.2 (Phase 2) 11.6 – 12.3

Dates

Jan. 20 – Feb. 16 Feb. 10 – 21 Feb. 17 – March 21 March 17 – 28 April 7 – 20

April 14 – 25

The full Silver Comet Trail will be open to cyclists and pedestrians during the entire week of the Cobb County Schools Spring break from Friday afternoon, March 29, through Monday morning, April 7.

Cobb County officials strongly advise the public to pay close attention to all warning signs and stay out of CLOSED construction zones, as there will be severe drop offs, some as deep as ten feet, which could cause serious injury or death to anyone ignoring the posted warnings.

Not every area under construction will be completely closed off to the public. CCDOT officials warn trail users to slow down when approaching all signs, and in areas not completely closed, and for bike users, be prepared to dismount and walk through.

More work will be conducted on the Trail in the spring when the entire Silver Comet trail is resurfaced. The combined projects will result in the Cobb County Silver Comet Trail looking like a new trail.

The 61.5‐mile Silver Comet Trail follows the abandoned railroad line ,built between 1890 and 1904,once traveled by Silver Comet train passengers traveling from Atlanta and Birmingham to New York, Philadelphia and Washington. CCDOT converted the trail into a scenic 12.8 mile paved multi‐use trail in the 1990’s. The County section of the trail begins in Smyrna and travels west through southern parts of the County.

Closure date information and project updates will be posted at www.cobbdot.org or contact the project manager at james.hudgins@cobbcounty.org.

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