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I-75/Brighton Road interchange to be made safer

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The existing bridge is structurally sound, but was built to 1959 standards (GA DOT photo) The existing bridge is structurally sound, but was built to 1959 standards (GA DOT photo)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A 55 year old bridge will be replaced by a new one almost twice its size, at the Interstate 75 Brighton Road interchange. Nita Birmingham of the Georgia DOT says this will give drivers who exit a clearer view of traffic approaching from the left.    

The $15.1 million project just awarded to the Scruggs Company of Hahira calls for demolition of the old bridge and construction of a new one with wider lanes and a median turn lane.   The existing two-lane bridge is approximately 210 feet long and 34 feet wide.

It is structurally sound, but was built to 1959 standards, Assistant District Engineer Brent Thomas said. The new bridge will be about 290 feet long and 58 feet wide.  

The exit and entrance ramps will be relocated and a loop ramp will be constructed for drivers exiting I-75 south. Brighton Road will be widened from two lanes to two through lanes with a median turn lane on the west side of the bridge to the intersection of U.S. 41.

The project will also increase the width of the shoulders of I-75 under the bridge.  

The interchange will be temporarily closed during construction and traffic will be detoured. Any traffic interruptions will be announced in advance.  

Contracts between the Georgia Department of Transportation and the contractor have to be signed before the Department issues a notice to proceed with construction.

 

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