NORTH FORSYTH— One lane of Hwy. 53 will be closed overnight on Monday and Tuesday between Dogwood Trail and Little Hall Park as crews continue work on the new bridge.
Boling Bridge, which connects Forsyth and Hall counties on Dawsonville Highway (Hwy. 53) over Lake Lanier, will be closed from 7 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25 as crews work to pave an onsite detour route for the project.
Drivers will begin using the detour starting Wednesday, July, 26 at 6 a.m. The detour will shift drivers south 200 feet before the current Boling Bridge.
"Drivers will see the clearly marked traffic control signs and move to the new lanes that serve as the onsite detour, which will remain the travel pattern until the new bridge is constructed in 2019," Brent Cook, P.E. District Engineer in the Gainesville office, said in a news release.
This work will be done weather-permitting, and drivers are reminded to slow down when approaching the work zone and drive alert while traveling through it.
The Boling Bridge replacement project consists of .793 miles of construction for widening and realignment of State Route 53 beginning at Dogwood Path and extending east of the Chestatee River just before Little Hall Park, including construction of the bridge and approaches over the Chestatee (Lake Lanier).
This project was awarded to Scott Bridge Company of Opelika, Alabama, in March of 2016 and has a current completion date of March of 2019. The $19.7 million project is 22 percent complete and will build a new bridge beside the current one. Once the construction of the new structure is complete traffic will be moved to it, and the former bridge built in 1956 will be destroyed.