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Inspection to close lane of Dawsonville Highway bridge

POSTED: March 12, 2013 5:22 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to begin inspection today of the Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway westbound bridge over the Chattahoochee River portion of Lake Lanier.

As part of the work, engineers will use a piece of equipment known as a “snooper” that has a basket and can carry a person under the structure, also known as the Jerry Jackson Bridge.

“The snooper looks like a big arm is reaching around then under the bridge,” said Billy Cantrell, district maintenance engineer. “You may not see much happening while you drive across the bridge, but the inspection is going on the underside of the bridge.”

One of two lanes will be closed 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 27, weather permitting. No lane closures will occur on the eastbound bridge.

“Once the inspection is complete and data is reviewed, a (repair) plan will be developed,” Cantrell said.

Officials at least know the plan “will require the driving surface be replaced, to eliminate the (potholes forming) on the driving surface now,” he added.

The DOT hopes to award a repair contract in December, with work starting in early 2014.


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