Brookhaven, GA, November 22, 2016 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst was joined by fellow Councilmembers John Park, Linley Jones, Bates Mattison and City Staff on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 21st and 22nd), to cut the ribbon on two recently completed bridge projects in Briarwood Park and Murphey Candler Park. Representatives from the Briarwood Park Conservancy and the Murphey Candler Park Conservancy were also on hand to participate in the events.
In August, the new 75-foot Briarwood Park bridge was lifted in to place (Video here). Southway Crane and Rigging literally threaded the new 3-ton bridge through a narrow slit between several tall Pine and Poplar trees via 150-foot crane. The bridge, designed by consultant GreenbergFarrow, was constructed by Cline Service Corporation who also acted as project manager for the install.
Also in August, the new replacement Murphey Candler Park Nature Trail bridge arrived in Brookhaven after an overnight trip from Fort Payne, Ala. The 120-foot long bridge arrived in two 60-foot sections on flatbed tractor-trailer trucks and two cranes lifted the bridge off in to the park (Video here). The original bridge was damaged beyond repair last year when a tree fell on top of it.
“Along with the Briarwood Park bridge improvement, this was one of the first projects Councilmembers approved after I became Mayor,” said Ernst. He said while he would have liked to see the bridges replaced quicker, they both turned out great and were worth the wait. Councilwoman Jones thanked all of the people who made the new bridge projects come to fruition.
Designed by consultant GreenbergFarrow and contracting with Whitesburg, GA based Integrated Construction and Nobility, Inc., the $241,000 Murphey Candler Nature Trail bridge project consisted of the removal of the old bridge and installation of a pre-fabricated steel pedestrian bridge, granite wing walls and concrete trailways. In addition, the City made repairs to a section of eroded lake bank as well as the replacement of two failed culverts.
The $195,000 Briarwood Park bridge project was also designed by consultant GreenbergFarrow and the fabrication and installation was done by Cline Service Corporation. The work consisted of the removal of the existing wooden bridge and stairs and the installation of a pre-fabricated steel pedestrian bridge with stone steps and landscaping.
Ernst said the type of tiered lake bank restoration done during the Murphey Candler bridge project is indicative of the way he envisions other restoration projects around Murphey Candler lake to be handled. Now that the bank has been restored and improvements and repairs have been completed, native plantings will be added, further dressing up the area.
Permit applications for restoring another 80-foot length of eroded lake bank that lies between the outlook pier and the newly restored area are expected to be filed in December, with a targeted completion by Spring.