| TIFTON – A contractor will have single lane closures on state Route (SR) 376 in Echols County next week to collect soil data, part of preconstruction activities to replace an old bridge. |
Drivers should expect lane closures Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between George Road and Sardis Church Road. Advance warning signs will be posted and flaggers will direct traffic.
The contractor will be boring to collect soil test samples. This will provide information on the condition and type of underlying material for future construction, in this case replacement of the narrow, functionally obsolete Alapahoochee River bridge. The bridge between Statenville and Lake Park was built in 1956 and reconstructed in 1969.
Construction of the new bridge originally would have detoured traffic. That plan was scrapped after a public informational meeting Georgia Department of Transportation held in March. Some local citizens were concerned about the impact the detour would have on the agricultural industry. The detour time couldn’t be reduced to coincide with the time that agriculture is in a lull so the Department revised plans to build a temporary detour bridge on site. At this time the project is projected to be advertised for bid in winter 2020. The timeline is subject to change.