Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge
N 34° 12.835 W 083° 32.599
17S E 265692 N 3788800
Quick Description: Located in Hurrican Shoals Park in Jefferson, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 1/15/2007 1:58:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM14XW
On this site in 1882, the original Hurrican Shoals Covered Bridge was completed, spanning some 127 feet at a cost of a mere $1,443. Vandals burned the old bridge in 1972, spoiling a community landmark and transportation corridor that had been in use for nine decades. Portions of the original footings are still visible today. Efforts to develop the historic shoals as a county park followed. In 1994, work began to secure federal and local funding to rebuild the bridge and to construct a history village. Key players included the Tumbling Waters Society, the Hurricane Shoals Covered Bridge Committee, DOT board member and Commerce native Steve Reynolds, and state representative and county commissioner Pat Bell. Dr. Cecil Hammond, a retired UGA engineer, developed the first working drawings for the new bridge. An "ISTEA" grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation provided the bulk of the funding for the project, which also included bike paths and related improvements. Private donations and county funds also assissted. The work was completed under the leadership of the Jackson County Boark of Commissioners, Harold Fletcher, chairman. On Sept. 22, 2002, the new bridge and bike paths were formally dedicated, marking the culmination of an eight-year effort.
Current Condition of Bridge: Great
Web Address: [Web Link]
Description of Covered Bridge:
one lane wooden bridge.
Year Built: 1994
Parking (If not at the bridge):: yes
Location (Road - City - State - Country): park
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