The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), which controls the bridge (because it is a state highway), plans to close the bridge to traffic while it is being replaced. GDOT explained that this approach has the advantages of least cost and shortest project time.
The most recent Open House was held Tuesday March 13, 2018. You can read more here. The meeting was well-attended, and many persons provided the DOT with comments and feedback. The AMPC is actively working with DOT to have a follow-up in June 2018 to report back to the community on what they learned from the March 13th Open House.
Historical commentary is available in GDOT’s “Responses to Open house Comments” dated September 9, 2016; this is GDOT’s response to public input gathered at the Public Information Open House held on March 1, 2016.