DOT to replace, widen bridge

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lilburn community will be briefed this week on a plan to replace a bridge over the Yellow River.

Both Georgia and Gwinnett County transportation officials will be on hand at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss the proposed replacement of the Killian Hill Road bridge.

"This is more of an upgrade," Gwinnett DOT Director Brian Allen said, adding that the 20-year-old bridge is structurally sound.

The new edifice will solve a curve problem, raising the bridge above the flood plain and providing a larger frame.

"There is no project to four-lane Killian Hill Road right now, but this bridge is being built wide enough and long enough for any changes that could come in the next five or 10 years," Allen said.

The $5 million project, which could begin in 2009 or 2010, is similar to one where crews replaced the Five Forks-Trickum Road bridge over the Yellow River a couple of years ago, Allen said.

Crews will build half of the new bridge and divert traffic onto it while finishing it up, ensuring that the road should never be closed by the construction.

The open house meetings will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 1400 Killian Hill road in Lilburn.

Georgia DOT and Gwinnett County engineers will be available to discuss the proposed project, and a map of the area will be on display. There will be no formal presentation.

After the open house meeting, the plans will be available at www.dot.state.ga.us. Choose "Public Outreach" and select the project's county.

Anyone unable to attend the open house may send comments on the project to Harvey Keepler, Georgia DOT, 3993 Aviation Circle, Atlanta, GA 30336. All comments will be considered in the development of the final project design and must be received by Dec. 15.