Posted: Sunday, August 26th 2012 at 6:30am
40s era bridge to close Monday near Elberton
By Derreck Booth Editor
ELBERTON - Beginning Monday, Georgia Department of Transportation crews are scheduled to close a bridge in Elbert County for demolition.
"The bridge over Coldwater Creek is a one-lane timber bridge. It was built in the early 40s, so this bridge is structurally deficient at best," DOT Spokeswoman Teri Pope said.
The work will force a 6.5 mile detour on Plantation Road while the work is performed. The bridge averages about 155 vehicles per day.
"The fastest and most effective thing to do, and the cheapest thing to do is to completely close the bridge, while we remove it and built a new one," Pope said.
The detour takes traffic from south on Plantation Road to south on Paul Motes Road, east on Double Bridges Road, northwest on Coldwater Road and west on Plantation.
The closure is expected to last through February of next year. The $602,653 project includes a new bridge with two lanes and wide shoulders. Crews are also expected to rebuilt the dirt road approaching the bridge with a graded aggregate base.
The project's contractor is Rogers Bridge Company.
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