A new cart path bridge connecting homes on the southside to the city’s industrial park was completed this week.
The new cart path bridge over Flat Creek is now open for traffic, officials said Thursday. It links the Morallion Hills subdivision with the Gardner Park industrial area.
The project was completed by path paving crews from the city’s public works department.
This connection has been long-sought, particularly by some residents who are looking forward to commuting to the nearby Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control facility.
The rain has not been as kind to the city’s more high-profile cart path bridge over the CSX railroad tracks at Ga. Highway 54 West. Contracting crews are struggling to finish the project during the few available dry periods.
The bridge is only lacking approach paths that will link the bridge to a tunnel underneath the highway. Once complete, the project will allow carts and other path traffic to navigate between The Avenue and Marketplace shopping centers as well as the Wilksmoor Village shopping center and businesses on Huddleston Road.
The bridge and tunnel combination also will provide a crucial linkage for those in Wilksmoor Village who wish to travel further south in the city. That linkage will further improve when the city completes the path approaches to the new tunnel underneath Ga. Highway 74 at Paschal Road, a project slated to start in April.