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Grady County replacing bridge on Old Thomasville Road

Grady County replacing bridge on Old Thomasville Road
Grady County replacing bridge on Old Thomasville Road
Posted at 5:10 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 17:10:00-05

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. (WALB) - One southwest Georgia county is taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of its residents. 

Grady County officials said they're completely removing the existing bridge on Old Thomasville Road.

They said this process could take upwards of nine months, which has taken some residents like Lary Murkeson by surprise. 

"Well, we're not happy about it," said Murkeson. 

Officials said Bold Springs Road is the alternate route, which is about one mile from the bridge.  

Stanley Elkins, Grady County Road Department Superintendent, said a few years ago Cairo suffered through many tropical storms causing sever damage to the structure of the bridge.

So, Georgia Department of Transportation insisted the bridge be rebuilt for safety purposes.

Murkeson said he's glad to know the bridge will no longer be a safety hazard. 

"All bridges have to be repaired at some place, some time. And it was time for it, so we need to get it fixed," said Murkeson. 

It's expected after nine months of intense labor, there will be a completely new bridge for drivers to use.