By Janel Davis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Thomas Street pedestrian bridge at the University of Georgia is closed to traffic and will be replaced, school officials reported this week.
The closure is the result of a structural analysis recently conducted during routine inspections of bridges at UGA.
“While every effort will be made to expedite the replacement of this bridge, the project could take up to 90 days to complete,” said Ralph Johnson, associate vice president of the Facilities Management Division.
The installation likely will extend through UGA’s football season. The team’s last regular-season home game is set for Nov. 21 against Georgia Southern.
The wooden bridge spans the road near the intersection of South Thomas and Baldwin streets and connects a parking lot east of Thomas Street with the Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden.
Pedestrian traffic, particularly football fans heading to the Bulldogs’ home opener against of Louisiana at Monroe on Saturday, will be directed to the three existing crosswalks between the parking lot and west side of South Thomas Street.