A Harris County bridge is scheduled to be upgraded

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A bridge closure for some residents in Harris County will soon impact their daily commute.

“The only thing that really affects us is the grass delivery using the big trucks,” says Michael Doolittle, Harris County Resident.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced they will be closing a bridge on Fortune Hole Road, which stands over the Palmetto Creek. 

“We are trying to be proactive before there’s a problem with the bridges we want to take care of them and get them into shape,” says Peggy Brooks, Georgia Department of Transportation District 3 Communications Officer. 

The Department of Transportation has 6 bridges throughout West Central Georgia that needs to be refurbished or replaced. The bridges are at least 60 years old.

“They just don’t meet the safety and quality standards that we would require in a new bridge, in addition the amount of traffic on our roadways,” says Brooks.

The bridge is funded at $1.23 million dollars. The capacity levels on the bridge are one of the many reasons it needs replacing.

“The heaviness of trucks nowadays, we want to make sure that any bridges we have for decades to come as able to have the capacities that we are expecting,” says Brooks.

Construction on the project will begin in March and will end sometime in the summer. It’s going to take a lot of work, but some residents are looking forward to the change.

“It will be nice to have a newer bridge down there over the creek and let the water flow and not build up as mush debris when water does get high,” says Doolittle.

The Department of Transportation says detour routes will be put into place which will utilize state routes and state highways to accommodate 
large trucks.

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