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Eyes on the Road: Beams being set for bridge project
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Construction crews are setting prestressed concrete bridge beams this week for the new Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road bridge over the Chattahoochee River portion of Lake Lanier.

The plan was to set five beams daily Monday through Thursday, weather permitting.

“Each bridge beam is custom-made like a puzzle piece that only fits in one place,” said Harold Mull, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s district construction engineer.

The beams will be brought to the site via Interstate 985. Each beam is 136 feet long and 6 feet 2 inches tall.

“Please don’t get too distracted if you see the beams coming to the site,” Mull said.

Officials expect the beam setting to start about 10 a.m. each day and take most of the day to complete.

The northbound lane of Ga. 284 will be closed, so traffic going to the beach or boat launch area will be directed by flaggers, Mull said.

The work is part of an overall $8.7 million project to replace the existing bridge, which was built in 1958 and does not meet current design standards.

The new bridge will have 12-foot lanes and an 8-foot bicycle-friendly shoulder in each direction.

The project also involves building a pedestrian tunnel under Ga. 284 at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

The project completion date is December 31, 2015.

State to vote on approving 2015-18 transportation improvement plan

The State Transportation Board is set to consider approval of the fiscal 2015-18 Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan on Thursday.

The vote is planned during the board’s meeting, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the DOT office, One Georgia Center, 600 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta.

The board also is slated to hold committee meetings today, including one at 2:30 p.m. involving presentation of the state plans. In a separate committee meeting, at 2:45 p.m., officials will give an update on the state’s rest areas and welcome centers.

Through its Public Private Partnership Program, Georgia is using advertising revenue and sponsorships at its 17 rest areas and nine welcome centers, including one off Interstate 85 near Lavonia, to offset operation and maintenance costs.

The project is being coordinated by DOT with the Federal Highway Administration and state agencies, including the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Labor’s Business Development Enterprise program.

 

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