Construction of the proposed 13th Street Bridge will alter cycling and walking routes

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – This is the next big construction project on the Savannah River.

Not on I-20, but in downtown Augusta.

Augusta and North Augusta officials plan to repair the 13th Street Bridge near SRP Park. The Georgia Department of Transportation says the current design does not meet standards.

Here’s how your routes will be affected when they begin construction.

If you like to run, jog or walk on the Voie Verte, your route could soon be impacted on both sides of the canal.

When completed, the north side will have a 5 foot sidewalk. The south side will have a 10 foot path of use with a barrier separating it from the road.

But for now, there will be detours. On either side of the river, vehicle traffic will not be affected by this work. If you run the Greenaway on the Georgia side, you won’t be able to cross the 13th Street Bridge.

The alternate route will consist of various access points on Reynolds Street, 10th Street and 14th Street.

The detour for Phase 1 of this project will be 73 feet longer than the existing alignment.

Phase 2 for pedestrians and cyclists will be 37 feet long and both will take approximately two years.

On the North Augusta side, the connection through Georgia Avenue will still exist, but all other locations will be closed to people and bikes.

Other access points will be Esplanade Avenue, Railroad Avenue, the existing Brick Pond Trail and Center Street.

These detour routes will be shorter. These changes will have no impact on the recreational use of the greenway parks.

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