Photo: Georgia Department of Transportation

The Interstate 16 bridge that sustained damage one month ago is set for an $830,000 repair contract. Work may close both I-16 eastbound lanes near Exit 51 at times.

Georgia DOT sent contractor Gregory Bridge Company the notice to proceed today and crews should move in for daytime activities outside travel lanes Monday. The group now has 45 days to complete all work.

Contractors have a 20-day window starting the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 5 where any I-16 eastbound closures at Exit 51/US 441/State Route 31 are permitted between 7:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. When necessary for both lanes to close, I-16 drivers will detour to the eastbound off-ramp at Exit 51 and back onto the interstate via the on-ramp.

Beginning Monday, the initial phase includes sign installation, counterweight placement and temporary support tower setup. Bridge demolition and reconstruction will begin after.

The right southbound lane of US 441 will remain closed through the repair process.

The total deck area to be removed and re-poured is a 50-by-21-foot section. Four total beams must be corrected during the process as well.

Work won’t happen during the Labor Day Holiday travel period, Friday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 a.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

There may be periods where no crews are on-site working due to the required curing and other factors. This job requires precision, and the Department appreciates the traveling public’s patience while this bridge is restored.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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