By: Emily Johnson
May 8, 2014
Grady County, GA - After almost a year long construction project getting from one county to another just got a lot easier for residents in Grady County.
"It means a lot. Georgia Department of Transportation paid to have the bridge built," said Stanley Elkins, Grady County Superintendent.
The old bridge was built 49 years ago and was deemed structurally unsound by Georgia DOT. The new bridge officially opened to the public on Thursday and it's now up to date and has all the bells and whistles.
Grady County officials said Stage Coach Roach is a main road to Thomas County and neighbors in the area said they're thrilled the bridge is finally open.
"Oh yes, I use it all the time and a lot of people use it because that's the shortest way across here to go to Thomasville and everyone goes across it and takes a left and goes to Cairo," said Edna Wilson, Lives close by to bridge.
Wilson has been living next to the bridge for more than 50 years. After months of taking detours she's thankful she can get back to driving her regular route.
"I went today when I read in the newspaper that it was finally open I went across it and I think it's just beautiful I love it," said Wilson.
The bridge is about nine miles northeast of Cairo. It's 245 feet long, 28 feet wide and cost almost $1.2million.