A new Spout Springs Road bridge over Interstate 85 is scheduled to open Friday, July 19, as part of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s I-85 widening project.
The old bridge was torn down in January, with the new bridge expected to accommodate a wider I-85.
The bridge serves as a key link between Hall and Gwinnett counties.
Motorists have had to detour along Flowery Branch Road, which runs between Spout Springs and Braselton Highway/Ga. 124. A temporary traffic signal was placed on Spout Springs Road at Flowery Branch Road.
The Flowery Branch Road bridge is scheduled to close in late 2019 or early 2020, with a new bridge opening six months after it is closed, DOT district spokeswoman Katie Strickland said.
The DOT is widening I-85 from Interstate 985 in Gwinnett to U.S. 129 in Jackson County.
The project is being done in two phases and for a total of 24 miles — from I-985 to Ga. 53 in Braselton and then from Ga. 53 to U.S. 129.
The first phase of construction is expected to finish in 2020, according to the DOT.
The cost estimate for both phases is about $440 million.