Park St. Bridge on Today’s Toccoa Commission Agenda

March 24, 2014

The Park Street Bridge tops the agenda for Toccoa City Commissioners at their meeting later today.

City commissioners are scheduled to meet starting at 5 p.m. today at Toccoa City Hall.

Today’s meeting agenda includes a scheduled public hearing on the Park Street Bridge.

Last year, the Georgia Department of Transportation ordered the city to close the Park Street Bridge following an inspection and it has stayed closed since.

Norfolk Southern Railroad owns the bridge and Toccoa City Commissioners must decide whether they will ask the railroad to fix it.

Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said last year that the city could make the railroad fix the bridge with no strings attached.

However, Morse said that the railroad wants out of the bridge business and has offered the city other options, including replacing the bridge with a more modern bridge or repairing the bridge and then making a cash contribution to the city for it to take over maintenance and ownership of the bridge.

The final option the railroad gave is for it to remove the bridge and then pay the city up to $150,000.

To help solicit input, the city commission referred the matter to the Toccoa Planning Commission, which heard comments on the matter in January.

Some residents said they want the bridge removed for good, citing decreased traffic in their neighborhood and safety factors.

However, other residents said they want the bridge to remain open, calling it a landmark and citing its convenience for getting from their neighborhood across the railroad tracks to CurraheeĀ Street.

Prior to today’s 5 p.m. Toccoa City Commission meeting, the commission will meet for a work session starting at 3:30 p.m., also at Toccoa City Hall.

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