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    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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Abbotts Bridge Unit Closed 5/19/03

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Date: May 19, 2003
Contact: Nancy Poe, Chief of Resource Education, 678-538-1241

Abbotts Bridge Unit, a popular area along the forty-eight mile Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area river corridor, is closed due to a bridge failure.  Heavy rainstorms experienced in the area over the past few days has caused a tributary stream of the Chattahoochee River to overflow and undercut the entrance roadway.  The serious erosion has undercut two stream culverts, which is causing the roadway to collapse.  The entrance road is no longer safe for vehicle and pedestrian access.

The Federal Highway Administration is working with the park to restore access to the area as quickly as possible.  This area of the park will remain closed until further notice.

Did You Know?

Jones Bridge ruins - Photo by Matt Harr

Jones Bridge spanned the Chattahoochee River from 1904-1922, falling into disrepair in the 1930s. Half of the bridge was "stolen" in 1940, neighbors didn't know the workers cutting the bridge were not authorized to do so until it was too late.