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DOT plans $2.9M in repairs for bridge on Dawsonville Highway
Fixes for 59-year-old span set to be complete by end of next June
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The heavily patched surface of the Dawsonville Highway bridge will soon get repaired. The $2.9 million project will remove the damaged driving surface and replace it. It will also reseal the bridge joints, paint the trusses, replace bearings and repair substructure spalling.

A start date hasn’t been set, but repairs are on the way for the Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway westbound bridge over the Chattahoochee River portion of Lake Lanier.

The $2.9 million project calls for replacing the damaged driving surface of the 59-year-old West Hall County bridge, a longtime sore spot for area drivers.

Plans call for workers to close one lane at a time during repairs, which is set for completion June 30.

Also, closures will only occur from 8 p.m. Fridays to 5 a.m. Mondays for no more than 10 weekends, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Motorists should expect delays, “as the capacity of the bridge will be cut in half,” district spokeswoman Teri Pope said.

Dorothy Blount, for one, said she can put up with a little inconvenience.

“We don’t care what they close as long as they get it fixed,” said Blount, a longtime Forsyth County resident who lives near Ga. 53.

“It pleases us too,” Pope said. “This is a long-term fix instead of the Band-Aids we’ve been doing out there.”

The project, awarded to GGH Contracting of Marietta, also involves resealing bridge joints, painting the trusses, replacing bearings and fixing substructure cracks.

The Ga. 53 bridge is one of several aging structures crossing Lake Lanier that the DOT is trying to address.

The DOT recently opened the new, wider Clarks Bridge on Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road and work is planned — although later than expected — on the replacement of the Dawsonville Highway bridge over the Chestatee River at the Hall-Forsyth County line.

The Ga. 53 project over the Chattahoochee originally was planned to be awarded to a contractor in March, but uncertainty over federal funding held up the project.

The extension of a federal bill authorizing transportation projects enabled the project to be awarded in July.

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