News 12 First at Five/ August 11, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga.--A bridge in a South Augusta neighborhood is no longer drive-able. We first told you about the on-going problems with the Colony Park Road bridge back in July. More than two years ago, the city owned bridge collapsed, leaving problems piling up in its wake. But, with the recent rain, things have gone from bad to worse.
City engineers temporarily fixed the bridge with boulders, plastic pipes, and crush and run, but the patch jobs are no match for the powerful creek.
Rushing water from the creek below has eaten away a good chunk of dirt and rock holding the temporary bridge up. Now, those who use the bridge to get home and get to work are afraid it could collapse again at any time.
A month ago, the owners of Graced Kennels, who rely on the bridge for their livelihood, told us it was bound to collapse again. Here we are, a little more than a month later, with a bridge that's eroding away.
Cherish Danforth manages Graced Kennels. She says, "It's causing a big issue. We've got to carry 50 lbs of dog food across the bridge."
She says it's making it difficult to run a business.
"This is happening way too often, so it's definitely hurt business which we really can't afford," she says.
And, the problems don't just stop with the bridge. Danforth says, "All the trash and all the trees come through the creek when it rains, so it'll clog that drain up, then it overflows onto the road and washes the road out."
Before the city can repair the bridge and the creek drainage problems, the Army Corps of Engineers has to sign off on a permit. A while back, the Corps asked the city to add a few more details and resubmit the plan.
We reached out to the engineer team in charge of the plan. They tell us they're they're sending a new plan to the Corps of Engineers this week. If approved, the city will bid out the work and begin the project immediately.