Restorations at Coheelee Creek Bridge Near Completion (AM)

By: Matthew McClellan
By: Matthew McClellan
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A park in southwest Georgia with a past of being vandalized is getting a new lease on life.

In December, Early County Commission announced plans to restore the historic Coheelee Creek Bridge. Those plans are now near completion.

Crews have replaced broken boards and scrubbed graffiti from the walls.

The project has taken months to plan and weeks to execute. Early County officials estimate that it has cost the county between $10,000 and $15,000.

They say the biggest challenge was to clean the bridge while preserving the aging structure at the same time.

"The biggest decision was how to get graffiti off the bridge with environmental conditions in mind," says County Commission Chair June Merritt. "It was successful beyond anything we had expected. It looks like it did when it was built, probably."

In the next phases of restoration, the county will add gates at both ends of the bridge. There will also be fencing, new signs, and eventually, a scenic nature trail.

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