Brookhaven, GA, February 15, 2017 – by Trey Benton – A bridge replacement project in Brookhaven’s Ashford Park that connects Camille Dr. with Valvedere Dr., just got $66,500 more expensive. But City leaders say the replacement cost will still come in under the budgeted amount of $175,000, because the contract they were able to negotiate to replace the boardwalk portion only, came in at $75,000.
On Wednesday evening, Council approved the additional $66,500 because it was discovered by contractor Integrated Construction and Nobility, Inc. that in addition to replacing the boardwalk, the abutments also need to be replaced, bringing the replacement total to $141,500.
Constructed in 2006, the Ashford Park bridge has grown to be heavily used by walkers, bikers and the occasional golf cart. But because it was constructed on top of dirt, some of the wood underneath (on the Camille Dr. side) has been rotting. So far, that end of the bridge has dropped down some 4 inches.
The City of Brookhaven hired C&D Engineers & Associates, LLC, a structural engineering firm, to evaluate the safety of the bridge. In the Structural Observation Field Report, engineer Chay Duong indicated wood support beams underneath the bridge have delaminated and are rotten.
Last year Brookhaven replaced two other bridges in City parks, one at Murphey Candler Park and another at Briarwood Park. A new 75-foot Briarwood Park bridge was set in to place last August as well as a 120-foot long replacement bridge at Murphey Candler Park.
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 consisted of the removal of an existing wooden bridge and stairs and the installation of a pre-fabricated steel pedestrian bridge with stone steps and landscaping.
City leaders are aiming to have the Ashford Park bridge work completed by the next Brookhaven Bolt event held annually in May, which 100% of the proceeds are donated directly to Ashford Park Elementary School.