CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - A second U.S. Highway 280 bridge will be built across Lake Blackshear, within the next two years.
The new bridge is one of several construction contracts awarded this month by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).
The Lake Blackshear bridge will be built to the south of the existing bridge.
This is a Transportation Investment Act (TIA) funded project. It is expected to mitigate congestion, facilitate the flow of freight and connect the Cordele Intermodal Center to cities west, which could spur economic development, according to the TIA program.
Though the construction cost is $19.2 million, the total cost of the project including preliminary engineering, construction and right of way acquisition is approximately $30 million.
The project is on the line between Crisp County in the southwest district and Sumter County in the west central district.
The project was awarded to Scott Bridge Company Inc. of Opelika, Alabama, and has a completion date of May, 2019.
Georgia DOT's west central district will supervise construction.
(With information from Frank Sayles, Tifton Grapevine)