UPDATE: This temporary bridge is now open and the speed limit 45 miles per hour through this work zone. Work zone signage in in place and all fines in a work zone are doubled.
Georgia Department of Transportation advised motorists to expect a change on State Route 81 near the Walton/Barrow County line on Wednesday.
According to a press release from Georgia DOT, the change is to the “bridge” at SR 81 over the Apalachee River near the county line. On Aug. 13, traffic will be shifted over to use the temporary bridge over the Apalachee while the original 1955 bridge is demolished and a new bridge is built. According to Georgia DOT, traffic will use the temporary bridge for about one year. The project is necessary because the existing bridge was built in 1955 and does not meet current design standards.
Officials also announced that the speed limit is now 45 miles per hour through this work zone. Work zone signage is in place and fines in a work zone are doubled. Officials warn that for safety and financial reasons it is wise to obey the speed laws in work zones.
This $2.4 million construction project will build a new bridge for SR 81 over the Apalachee River at this location. Georgia DOT official say the bridge will have 12 foot wide lanes and an 8 foot wide bike-able shoulder in each direction. There will also be a turn lane from SR 81 to River Mill Road.
The project is scheduled for completion on Oct. 31, 2015. The contract was awarded to Pittman Construction Company, of Conyers, Ga.