The new Hwy. 53 bridge will be open to traffic at 11 a.m. Thursday,
Construction partners with Georgia DOT will shift traffic over to the new bridge and approaches and close access to the former lanes of the green truss bridge. Officials urge drivers to be alert as workers will be in the lanes and directing traffic. This shift could be postponed if rainy weather interferes.
Opening the new bridge to traffic doesn't mean work is complete. Final asphalt topping is still required along with additional grading to each side of the new approaches. The completion date for this project is March 2019, which includes time for the demolition of the former structure.
This project was awarded to Scott Bridge Company Inc., in March of 2016 and has a construction contract amount of $19.7 million.