Posted: Monday, July 21st 2014 at 2:10pm
Georgia DOT investing $4.8M+ in Towns Co. bridge replacements
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces a project that will replace aging bridges and improve safety in Towns County.
Talley Construction Company of Rossville will build two new bridges on State Route 17/75 south of Hiawassee.
The State Route 17/75 Bridge over the Hiawassee River 6.5 miles south of Hiawassee and the State Route 17/75 Bridge over the Hiawassee River 3.6 miles south of Hiawassee will be replaced in one contract. Both bridges were built in 1939 and do not meet current design standards. The new bridges will have 12 feet wide lanes and 10 feet wide shoulders.
“Bringing aging bridges up to current standards is a priority for Georgia DOT. These bridges built in 1939 and are only 23 feet wide without shoulders. The new bridges will be 44 feet wide, providing wide shoulders as a safe place for motorists to get out of the travel lanes if they are having car trouble or are involved in a crash,” explained Bayne Smith, Georgia DOT District Engineer.
A temporary parallel bridge will be built at each location so traffic will not be detoured. Traffic will use the temporary bridge while the old structure is demolished and a new bridge is built. The contract completion date is April 30, 2016 and the contract amount is $4.8 million. Construction is expected to begin this Fall.
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