Construction crews work to build new bridge over Lake Blackshear

Updated: Jul. 20, 2017 at 5:18 PM EDT
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The new bridge will be four-lanes wide. (Source: WALB)
The new bridge will be four-lanes wide. (Source: WALB)

LAKE BLACKSHEAR, GA (WALB) - A major highway in South Georgia is getting some big improvements, thanks to T-SPLOST tax funds.

This summer, crews are working to build a new bridge crossing Lake Blackshear from Sumter County into Crisp County.

The current bridge has one lane for each direction, but the new bridge will be four-lanes wide.

This week, construction crews are driving test pylons into the lake bed to find the best construction plan.

The project is paid for with T-SPLOST tax funds through the Transportation Investment Act.

"You can imagine going across the bridge like that, next to a semi-truck, it's pretty intimidating," said Karen Judd, Communications Specialist with TIA. "It's the same thing with any sort of widening project. So, that will create generally a safer environment, and better driving experience."

The bridge is expected to be complete and open for traffic by the Summer of 2019.

Transportation officials say traffic should not be affected throughout the project.

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