Heavy rains caused erosion under Alpharetta bridge - CBS46 News

Heavy rains caused erosion under Alpharetta bridge

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ALPHARETTA, GA (CBS46) -

Emergency repairs are under way on a bridge on Waters Road in Alpharetta.

A crew contracted by the City of Alpharetta was already working on this bridge over Long Indian Creek on Waters Road when they noticed severe erosion that put the bridge's stability in danger.

"The bridge itself is perfectly safe as you can see cars are traveling over it right now. We are concerned about continued erosion so we got emergency repairs under way right now," said James Drinkard, city spokesman.

Drinkard said the recent heavy rains washed away a culvert that was under the bridge just below the roadway. Crews started working to repair it immediately on Monday.

"That's leading to periodic lane closures and some tie-ups in the area," said Drinkard. "We're going to look at other bridges in the area that we have not done recent work or bridges that may have work under way so that the banks may be destabilized."

Crews rushed in a truckload of concrete to make the bridge safe for drivers. The city made the repair a priority before the erosion caused any other problems. This erosion caused the city to inspect other bridges.

"Our concern was making sure other bridges didn't become that way. At this point, we haven't found any bridges in the city that we found that kind of problem with," said Drinkard.

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