Damaged Bainbridge bypass to reopen Monday

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 23, 2018

Courtesy: Bainbridge Public Safety

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WCTV) -- A damaged overpass in Decatur County is set to reopen Monday after being closed for over a month.

The bridge was damaged last month when it was hit by a piece of heavy equipment.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says the southbound lanes of US 84/SR 38/Bainbridge bypass at Spring Creek Road will reopen Monday morning. Currently, bypass traffic is being rerouted up and over the ramps at the SR 253/Spring Creek Road exit.

GDOT said there will need to implement single lane closures on the bypass next week to remove forms used in the bridge repair. That could take two or three days, they said. Lane closures are not allowed between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The bridge sustained damage back on May 21 when it was struck by the boom of an excavator that was being hauled on a flatbed trailer.

GDOT officials said Southern Concrete Construction Co. was called in on an emergency basis to remove damaged beams, which required removing part of the bridge deck. GDOT then solicited bids for emergency repairs and the contract was ultimately awarded to Southern.

Officials said the repair work could not begin until the replacement bridge beams were manufactured.