Salem Road Bridge Over Flat Shoals Creek

GOODBYE TO AN OLD FRIEND . . .

“I went by to see an old friend this evening. He was 85 years old and in failing condition. When word got out that he would not last another 24 hours, I made one last trip to say goodbye. He had served this community faithfully his long life and he never complained. It was like he was always there, serving in silence. Some say time had passed him by after all these years, but some friends still hoped to save him. He was loved by the young and the old and will be remembered long after he is gone. His name? Most just called him ‘the Salem Road bridge’.”

– Chris Cleaveland, August 5, 2014


General Information

The Salem Road Bridge over Flat Shoals Creek, built in 1929, is Troup County's last remaining steel truss bridge. The main span is 126 feet long, and is a Riveted, 7-panel Pratt through truss. Replacement is necessary due to height restrictions, narrow width, poor ride quality, and the 5 ton load rating which prohibits school buses and emergency vehicles from crossing.

The style of the new bridge, which was determined by a town hall meeting vote that received unanimous support, will be similar in appearance to the old bridge. The maintenance-free weathering steel construction will have a rustic appearance. The main span will be 143 feet long. Troup County’s engineering design consultant is Moreland Altobelli Associates, Inc. The construction is being performed by Southeastern Site Development, Inc.

The following diagram shows a conceptual design profile of the old and new bridge:

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Profile View : Old and New Bridge Profiles



Public Notices

DATE: April 10, 2015

Please be advised the Salem Road Bridge over Flat Shoals Creek has been opened to traffic. The new bridge is “unposted” and can accommodate any otherwise legal load. Please adjust your travel plans and routes accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE:

Road construction along Salem road is still ongoing at this time, and there will still be frequent delays due to one-lane operations for minor widening and paving. Temporary traffic control for construction will be maintained. As with all road construction, motorists are advised to use extra caution in work zones. Slow down, stay alert, pay attention and obey all work zone/advisory signs.

A formal “grand opening” will be scheduled in the near future to celebrate the accomplishments of this milestone in Troup County’s history.



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08-06-1948 Salem Rd. Bridge after dam break
1964 Salem Rd. Bridge, photo by Katherine Hyde Greene
05-08-2003 Salem Rd. Bridge flood, photo by Brenda Cadenhead
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07-28-2014 “The next generation” Alivia and Garner Little, Parents: Joe and Cindy Garner Little
07-30-2014 Salem Rd. Bridge Collage
08-06-2014 Salem Rd. Bridge, photo by Brenda Cadenhead (1)
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08-06-2014 Four Generations, photo by Brenda Cadenhead (3)
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Videos



Mule Team (.mov)


Press Releases and Articles



August 18, 2007 - 18 bridges garner state 'yellow flag' page 1 and page 2
January 5, 2008 - County may preserve old bridge page 1 and page 2
March 29, 2013 - Public Hearing Held On New Salem Road Birdge Project
September 16, 2013 - County Commissioners Discuss Salem Road Bridge Project
September 16, 2013 - Troup will consider pair of annexation proposals
September 30, 2013 - County seeks input as Salem Road Bridge Project moves forward
October 1, 2013 - County seeking input on bridge
November 27, 2013 - Old Salem Road Bridge: Oldest Bridge in Troup County
May 30, 2014 - Commissioners To Vote on Salem Bridge Project on Tuesday
June 4, 2014 - Commissioners Approve Dismantling Of Salem Road Bridge, Award Contract For Building New Structure
July 29, 2014 - Preparations begin for Salem Road Bridge replacement
August 4, 2014 - Salem Road To Close Thursday For New Bridge
August 4, 2014 - Web page to commemorate Salem Road bridge goes live


Links



Bridge Replacement / Salem Rd Over Flat Shoals Creek - Dodge Lead Center
Moreland Altobelli
Southeastern Site Development
U.S. Bridge
U.S. Bridge - Clem Lowell Rd


Contact Information & Office Hours


Troup County Roads & Engineering
100 Sam Walker Dr.
LaGrange, GA 30241
Office: 706-883-1713
Fax: 706-883-1607
E-mail: roads@troupco.org


Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


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