The Cobb Board of Commissioners unanimously approved spending about $1.2 million on bridge projects near the Cobb-Paulding County line on April 22.
Marietta-based Baldwin Paving Company will be paid a little more than $1 million to replace the Old Stilesboro Road bridge over Little Allatoona Creek. That funding comes from the 2011 special purpose local option sales tax.
Another $164,000 will be paid to Atlanta-based Reynolds, Smith and Hill with SPLOST funds for engineering designs of a second bridge at Pitner Road over the creek.
Both new bridges would remove current weight restrictions.
Commissioner Helen Goreham, who represents the area, said two-lane Old Stilesboro Road sees its share of traffic.
“We do have individuals from Cobb who go up that way to Paulding and also Paulding County traffic that passes through on the way to Cobb for employment,” Goreham said.
Work on the Old Stilesboro Road bridge replacement is expected to get underway in late June and should be completed in September. Goreham said the county typically completes bridge projects in the early summer to avoid problems with school bus routes, but some buses will have to be detoured until the Old Stilesboro Road project is finished after the start of school.
“Obviously, we will have to close the road during the bridge replacement time, but we will work with the community,” Goreham said.
Both the Cobb Department of Transportation and the state transportation department inspect Cobb’s bridges, said Jim Wilgus, deputy director of Cobb DOT.