Franklin County bridge reopens two days early

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has announced the opening of the Cedar Ridge Road bridge over I-85 in Franklin County. The bridge officially closed for construction Feb. 18 and lanes are now open to traffic as of Thursday, Aug.

This bridge replacement is part of the $30 million Georgia DOT Design-Build Bridge Replacement Program. The program is funded by the Transportation Funding Act (TFA) of 2015 and utilizes bundles to maximize efficiency and speed in the replacement of locally-owned infrastructure.

Contractors had 180 calendar days from the closure date to demolish the old bridge, construct the new bridge, and reopen the street to traffic. The replacement was originally slated for completion on Aug. 17 with crews finishing two days early.

Four out of the five I-85 Corridor Bridge Replacement Projects bridges have been completed and are open to traffic. The remaining bridge in the bundle is anticipated to open in March 2020.

Additional information about Georgia DOT’s Design-Build program can be found a http://www.dot.ga.gov/PS/Innovative/DesignBuild.