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Get ready for more delays on I-985 as bridge that failed strength test gets repaired
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Traffic drives toward the bridge at exit 14 on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

Repairs are scheduled next week on a bridge that failed strength tests as part of Exit 14 under construction on Interstate 985.

The overnight work is set to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, and I-985 drivers can expect lane closures, said Katie Strickland, district spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Strickland said Tuesday, May 21, she didn’t know yet how long the work will take or which lanes will be closed as the work is done. The overnight work will end at 6 a.m.

The bridge will serve as the overpass for Exit 14, which has been under construction since 2017 and is set for completion later this year.

The $34 million project will connect Martin Road at Falcon Parkway Ga. 13 on the east side of I-985 to H.F. Reed at Thurmon Tanner Parkway on the west side.

Earlier this year, the DOT said that three of the bridge’s four driving deck spans didn’t meet DOT standards.

In a Feb. 14 letter obtained by The Times, the DOT told contractor G.P.’s Enterprises Inc. of Auburn, “Our review and analysis of both current facts and future unknowns leaves us with no option but to request (the three) deck spans … be replaced in their entirety.”

Brandon Kirby, who now serves as the district engineer, later said the failed tests were “really a material issue,” not a contractor issue.

As for fixing the bridge, Strickland has said, “There will be no cost to the taxpayer. (DOT) won’t be participating in the costs to correct the deficiencies.”