Bridge repairs planned by the Cobb County Department of Transportation will require closing segments of the Silver Comet Trail beginning in January. The Cobb DOT will make repairs to seven bridges, including the metal bridge over the East-West Connector, between January and early April. The County plans to close short segments of the trail between trailheads and repair the bridges between those trailheads rather than closing the entire 11.5 miles of trail in Cobb County to complete the work.
Repairs will likely begin on the eastern end at Coopers Lake Road and proceed west. Notices detailing the closings will be posted in each trailhead as the work schedule is finalized. The bottom line is you will not be able to travel across Cobb County on the Silver Comet Trail between January and April.
The repair work will include additional shoring where scouring has compromised the supporting structures, timber and handrail replacement, and redecking of the bridge over the East-West Connector. Cobb officials said it was not feasible to set-up detours or to keep the trail open during repairs. Recreation Department spokesman Rusty Simpson said every effort will be made to finish the work before spring break.
The bridge repairs are part of a more comprehensive Silver Comet improvement program planned by the county which includes completely resurfacing the trail later in the year. According to Rusty, the resurfacing operation will be completed without closing the trail.
For details on closings, monitor pathfoundation.org or like us on Facebook. As an alternative, you can begin your winter Comet rides in Paulding County and head west. It is really pretty out there!