Brookhaven, GA, February 24, 2017 – by Trey Benton – The City of Brookhaven says “weather permitting”, work to remove the Ashford Park pedestrian bridge that connects the Camille Dr. cul-de-sac to Valvedere Dr., will take place next Wednesday. The bridge was closed in November after C&D Engineers & Associates, LLC, a structural engineering firm, advised the City wood support beams underneath the bridge have delaminated and are rotten. It was deemed unsafe and thus, it is being replaced.
It was discovered during a subsequent “pre-work” inspection, the footings for the bridge were also unsound, necessitating additional expense to replace those as well. City leaders said during their Feb. 15th Council Meeting, despite the unexpected additional expense, the replacement cost of the pedestrian bridge will still come in under the budgeted amount of $175,000 – somewhere in the range of $141,500.
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. Recently, Brookhaven also completed an additional stretch of stream bank restoration at the Murphey Candler site.
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 in April, ahead of the next Brookhaven Bolt event held annually in May, which 100% of the proceeds are donated directly to Ashford Park Elementary School.