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Cobb County DOT to Close Six Bridges along Silver Comet Trail for Repair
The Cobb County Department of Transportation (DOT) will close six bridges along the 12.8 mile Cobb County section of the Silver Comet Trail from January to April 2014. The bridges will be closed and repaired (or replaced) sequentially and will not have any passage or detours for them while being repaired. The bridges are over these creeks: Powder Springs Creek, Lucille Creek, Noses Creek, Olley Creek, Nickajack Creek and Cooper Lake Road.
While the bridges are being repaired work will be done to other sections of the Silver Comet Trail including grading, replacement of fences and repair of drainage systems. These areas may be completely closed or may be crossable with caution. In addition, there will be rolling closures of the Silver Comet Trail in Spring 2014 as it will be resurfaced.
OVERVIEW OF SILVER COMET TRAIL
The Silver Comet Trail is Georgia’s most ambitious rails-to-trails project. It was named for a train that used the identical route from 1947 to 1968. The Silver Comet originated in Boston and ran through Atlanta on the way to its final destination in Birmingham. Rails-to-trails projects, the conversions of abandoned railroads to recreational trails, are very popular across the country.
The Silver Comet Trail allows you to bike, run, walk or skate 60 miles from Smyrna GA to the Georgia/Alabama Line. You don’t have to share the trail with cars or trucks. No motorized vehicles are allowed! Along the way you’ll see wildlife and beautiful scenery. Crossing the Silver Comet Trail are two very scenic side trails, the Wildhorse Creek Trail at mile marker 8.60 and the Lucille Creek Trail at mile marker 10.0.
One of the trail highlights is crossing the Pumpkinvine Creek Trestle, a 750 foot long, 126 foot high bridge. A little farther west is the 800 foot Brushy Mountain tunnel – fun for children of all ages to bike, run or walk through.
A little further West, you pass Ma White’s Bottom Land, a beautiful stretch of farmland. Stop and sit on a bench and view it, or look at the historic marker.
From there, you pass through scenic northwest Georgia fields and forests. You’ll pass through the towns of Rockmart and Cedartown, both great places to stop and sightsee or enjoy a local restaurant.
The Silver Comet Trail officially ends at the Georgia-Alabama line. It actually continues on from there as the Chief Ladiga Trail, for continued Trail adventure. Combined, the Silver Comet Trail and Chief Ladiga Trail is the longest paved rail-trail in the United States!