Helen’s long-awaited pedestrian bridge installed but won’t be open for 2-3 weeks

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( Feature Image: Cranes lift Helen’s new pedestrian bridge over the Chattahoochee and lower it into place, as 50 to 60 onlookers applaud their effort.)

HELEN, Ga. — At 11:20 a.m. Thursday, two massive cranes lifted a 61,300-pound pedestrian bridge high above the Chattahoochee River and swung it precisely into place between International Cafe and The Castle Inn, completing a project seven years in the making.

The work had to be precise because crane operators had to lower the massive bridge onto two concrete platforms on each side of the river. The structure with pre-drilled bolt holes in the bridge had to line up precisely with the bolt holes in the platforms.

An army of workers from Square Deal Enterprises did an outstanding job of prep work. Once the bridge was secure, the workers drew a well-deserved round of applause from 50 or 60 townspeople and tourists who came out to watch.

Opening the bridge to foot traffic is still two to three weeks away. The next step is to pour about 100,000 pounds of concrete for the walking surface and allow it to set. However, Mayor Jeff Ash said he expects to have it open before tourist season begins.

The bridge is 157 feet in length, with a total width of nine feet and walking width of 7.5 feet. It is a twin span to the one directly across Main Street in front of Paul’s Steakhouse.

Helen Police began to detour traffic away from Main Street (Ga. 17/75) at approximately 8 a.m.

 

 

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White County Commissioners Will Discuss Budget Process at Monday Work Session

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Commissioners will get a preliminary look at the 2018 proposed budget and discuss the upcoming budget process when they meet in a work session and called meeting Monday at 4:30 p.m.

There will be a discussion of appointments to several county boards including the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Convention and Visitors Board of Directors, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Region 1 Board, Department of Family and Children’s Services Board and the Water Authority.

Retired Chief Probate Clerk Sandra McAfee will be presented a proclamation in honor of here 34 years of service to White County. McAfee retired at the end of April.

Commissioners will review proposals for the construction-manager-at-risk project at Yonah Preserve when they meet Monday at 4:30 p.m.

The City of Cleveland has proposed annexation of 4.06 acres owned by Woodlands Camp and Conference Center. Commissioners will review that proposal.

Commissioners will also discuss the 2017 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG).

SPLOST Manager Kevin Hamby will present a monthly SPLOST status report and Finance Director Vicki Mays will present the monthly financial status report.


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