2017-11-30 / Front Page

Little River Bridge complete after months of construction


Construction of the Little River Bridge on State Route 43 is now com­plete, making travel between Lincoln and McDuffie Counties a smooth and easier transition. Drivers will not have to worry about impending stops due to the work zone. Construction of the Little River Bridge on State Route 43 is now com­plete, making travel between Lincoln and McDuffie Counties a smooth and easier transition. Drivers will not have to worry about impending stops due to the work zone. The traveling public can now utilize the newly constructed Little River Bridge on State Route 43 when crossing the Lincoln and McDuffie County line.

This $14.9 million project, ex­ecuted by Scott Bridge Company, Inc., replaced a structurally deficient bridge built in 1952.

With traffic diverted to the new bridge, contractors will remove the old bridge and the accompanying roadbed. Official contract comple­tion is March 31, 2018.

This project covers a total length of 0.65 miles. State Route 43 was realigned 50 feet to the west of the current roadway.

Due to the old age of the original three-span structure, the bridge was weight restricted and had a low sufficiency rating. Thanks to this project motorists can enjoy a sound bridge designed up to modern criteria.

Georgia has more than 14,600 bridges. With an average age of 43 years and load restrictions on 12 percent of bridges on state roads, addressing bridge conditions is vital not only for safety, but also for economic development. Most of these bridges were designed to have a 50-year lifespan.

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