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Eyes on the Road: Area bridges set for facelift starting in fall
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The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to clean and repaint the steel superstructure of five North Georgia bridges, possibly starting in late fall.

The DOT has awarded a contract to S&D Industrial Painting of Florida for $608,500 on the projects, which include Ga. 51 and Ga. 53 bridges over Norfolk-Southern Railroad lines in Hall County.

Also slated for the work are the U.S. 78/Ga. 10 bridge over the Yellow River and the Ga. 20 bridge over Norfolk-Southern Railroad in Gwinnett County, and the Ga. 17 Alternate bridge over Norfolk-Southern in Stephens County.

Also, a project to clean and repaint the steel superstructures of two other Hall bridges has been awarded to Gulf Coast Contracting of Florida for $248,500.

That work is set for Interstate 985 bridges at Monroe Drive and Gainesville Midland Railroad.

The project completion date for both contracts is June 30.

Contracts on four other projects in Northeast Georgia were recently awarded for a total of $3.1 million.

Ga. 174 will be resurfaced from U.S. 29/Ga. 8 extending to east of Ga. 51 in Franklin County.

The 4.5-mile long project was awarded for $697,201 and has a completion date of Aug. 31. C.W. Matthews Contracting Inc. will do the work.

Also, a project to replace the Galilee Church Road Bridge over the Middle Oconee River in Jackson County was awarded to Rogers Bridge Co. of Atlanta for nearly $1.6 million. The contract completion date is Sept. 30.

Work has started on new HOT lane access point

The DOT has started installing foundations and mounting for permanent overhead directional and toll rate signs for a southbound Express Lane — high occupancy toll, or HOT lane — access point on Interstate 85.

The access point is about 3 1/2 miles south of the entry point near Old Peachtree Road and Sugarloaf Parkway.

The signs will replace the ground-mounted and changeable message signs now displaying toll rates for the Express Lanes exit immediately after Boggs Road and the last exit in the 16-mile Express Lane stretch.

The permanent access point will replace the temporary entry point installed in January to provide earlier Express Lane access between Old Peachtree and Indian Trail Roads.

The work started this past weekend and is set to resume at 8 p.m. Oct. 26, continuing through 5 a.m. Oct. 28. The southbound Express Lane will be closed beginning 1.09 miles north of Duluth Highway/Ga. 120. The northbound Express Lane and next lane to the right will be closed beginning 1.09 miles south of Duluth Highway.

“Motorists should prepare for possible traffic disruptions and delays due to (the closures),” states a DOT press release.

Jeff Gill covers transportation issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him: