The second detour open house to replace the bridge over Flat Shoal Creek was held Wednesday September 10. The open house was intended to provide information on the project, and give the ones in attendance the opportunity to give comments. The project that is being proposed will be an upgraded bridge that will be able to take on the amount of traffic that will enter into the area. The bridge will address other issues while being heavily inspected to make sure it fits the current design standards for vehicle use.
The new bridge will be located eight miles southeast of LaGrange in Troup County. The current bridge has two twelve foot lanes and two foot shoulder, while being 244 feet long. The new project will be constructed at 308 feet in length with two 12 foot lanes. There will be changes to the shoulders, with them going from 2 foot outside shoulders to 8. The road approaching the bridge will also see improvement, with two twelve foot lanes and ten foot outside shoulders.
The project is expected to be a 18 month process beginning in November of 2020. While construction is underway there will be an approximate 16.3 mile detour that is expected to increase a trip by 5.4 miles. Traffic will detour along SR 18 Interstate 185/ SR 411. There are also a number of local roads that can serve as detours during the time of construction.
There will be hard copies available at the La-Grange City Hall located at 200 Ridley Avenue, La-Grange, Ga and also at GDOT Area 5 office located at 1107 Hogansville RD, for anyone who wants to view the details of the project. Feedback from the community is highly welcomed by project officials.
A special thanks goes out to those who attended the open house. If there are any questions regarding this new project, feel free to contact, project manager, Justin Pritchard at (706)598-8563 or environmental analyst, Yasmen Qadimasil, (404)631-1801.
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Nicholas Dantzler Staff Writer