Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River
Drivers who typically travel on the Yellow River Bridge on State Route 36 will be faced with a one-year detour beginning Wednesday, March 7, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced Wednesday.
Traffic will use State Route 162 and State Route 212 as the signed, off-site detour. Local traffic will be allowed along State Route 36 up to the bridge construction zone.
The detour stems from construction of a new bridge and approaches over the Yellow River.
According to a GDOT release, E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. has the nearly $8 million contract. Funds for this project come from bridge bonds authorized by the Georgia Legislature.
The official contract completion date is May 31, 2018.
This project proposes to replace the existing 520-foot-by-30-foot bridge with a 550-foot-by-43-foot bridge. The typical section of the roadway approaches will be two, 12-foot lanes with 10-foot wide shoulders. The project length is approximately one-half mile.
GDOT urges drivers to slow down, allow extra distance between vehicles, read signs, obey road crew flaggers and expect the unexpected when approaching a work zone.