VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Repairs will soon begin in Lowndes County on the Interstate 75 Old Clyattville Road overpass that was damaged in 2013, when a tractor-trailer crashed and caught fire under the west end of bridge.
Construction zone signs are about to show up on I-75 south near Exit 13. Repairs will include replacing portions of the deck and some of the beams and rehabilitating other parts of the bridge. The work will also affect Old Clyattville Road traffic.
A Georgia Department of Transportation bridge crew inspected the bridge after the crash and determined it had sustained some structural and cosmetic damage, but was sound and safe for travel. More bridge inspections followed and GDOT began the lengthy process of developing a project to repair the bridge.
Traffic on Old Clyattville Road will be restricted to one lane in each direction when bridge repairs begin. The lane restriction will remain in effect for the duration of the project, which is scheduled to be completed Sept. 30. The first activity motorists will see is median removal and installation of temporary asphalt in preparation for shifting traffic away from the site of repairs on the bridge.
Vehicles on I-75 south will use a detour when bridge beams are removed and again when new beams are set in the span over lanes of traffic. Southbound traffic will get off the interstate at Exit 13 and take Old Clyattville Road to Gil Harbin Industrial Boulevard, turn onto Madison Highway and return to the interstate at Exit 11.
There will not be any interstate detours until the contractor is ready to remove beams, and there will not be any interruptions to I-75 traffic during the day.
All traffic shifts and detours will be announced in advance. Construction repairs will cost $2.16 million and the contractor is Southern Concrete Construction Co. Inc. of Albany.