Brookhaven, GA, August 17, 2016 – by Trey Benton – The new replacement Murphey Candler Park Nature Trail bridge has officially arrived in Brookhaven. After an overnight trip from Fort Payne, Ala., the new 120 foot long bridge has been unloaded and is being prepped for installation. The bridge arrived in two 60 foot sections on flatbed tractor-trailer trucks and two cranes were already in place to lift the bridge off for staging. The original bridge was damaged last year when a tree fell on it, damaging it beyond repair.
Parks and Recreation Director, Brian Borden and Consultant Liz Cole were on scene for the delivery, as well as Mayor John Ernst. Borden told The Post if all goes well, the installation will take place Wednesday afternoon, if time permits. “If not,” he said, “it will be set in place Thursday morning.”
Cole explained because the far side of the two points the nature trail the bridge connects is inaccessible to large equipment, one end of the bridge will be set upon a barge-like deck and floated over to the other side. A crane will then lift that end up and place the bridge onto its permanent footings. Those footings were reconstructed over the last few weeks while the construction of the bridge was going on. Granite wing-walls will be added to the entrance areas once the bridge is securely fastened. The steel “subfloor” of the bridge will have a layer on non-slip concrete poured over it and will be the surface park-goers will walk upon.
“It’s very exciting to see the new bridge actually here,” Mayor Ernst told The Post. “This, and the Briarwood Park Bridge that is scheduled to be delivered on Monday, were approved in my first meeting as Mayor. It’s exciting to see it coming together and finally being done.”
In addition to the Murphey Candler Bridge installation, the path between the parking lot and the bridge edge will be replaced along with an area of the lake bank that has suffered significant erosion. Ernst explained a pipe has been discovered that is filled with silt which will be replaced. Once that is done the eroded area will be filled in with a permanent surface with stairs leading to the water’s edge. “Look for more Parks and Rec. improvements to become a reality throughout the City,” Ernst added.
In May, Brookhaven Councilmembers awarded a $241,421.31 contract to Whitesburg, GA based Integrated Construction and Nobility, Inc., to replace the bridge that was damaged by a fallen tree last year. The installation includes a pre-fabricated steel pedestrian bridge, granite wing walls and concrete trailways. $100,000 of the bridge costs were covered by insurance. Borden said, “We have the check in hand.”
The final bridge design is embedded below.