Thomas Street pedestrian bridge at UGA closed; to be replaced

Thomas Street wooden bridge 2015-v.photo

September 3, 2015

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    A pedestrian crosses the Thomas Street bridge on Thursday, Aug. 3. The bridge has been closed as the result of a structural analysis and will be replaced. (Credit: Stephanie Schupska/UGA)

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Athens, Ga. - The Thomas Street pedestrian bridge at the University of Georgia has been closed as the result of a structural analysis recently conducted during routine inspections of UGA bridges. The wooden structure spans the road near the intersection of South Thomas and Baldwin streets and connects the N08 parking lot with the Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden. 

"It is the recommendation of the structural engineer performing these inspections to close the Thomas Street bridge to pedestrian traffic until a replacement bridge can be installed," said Ralph Johnson, associate vice president of the Facilities Management Division. "While every effort will be made to expedite the replacement of this bridge, the project could take up to 90 days to complete."

Students, faculty, staff and UGA visitors-particularly football fans in town for the Bulldogs' home opener against the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Saturday, Sept. 5-who commonly walk across the bridge will be directed to the existing crosswalks.

Three crosswalks are located between the N08 parking lot and west side of South Thomas Street.

 

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