Two Bridges

The Georgia Department of Transportation and E.R. Snell Contractors have built a new bridge over the Apalachee River where Walton and Barrow counties meet. The bridge built in 1942 is to be demolished after the new bridge opens to traffic Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020.

MONROE, Ga. — A new bridge connecting Walton and Barrow counties will open Tuesday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the state Route 11 bridge over the Apalachee River is almost ready for drivers.

Crews will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday removing barrels and barricades, allowing traffic to use the new bridge by afternoon drive time, GDOT spokesperson Katie Strickland in Gainesville said.

Demolition of the existing bridge over the Apalachee will begin Wednesday. That bridge was built in 1942.

The average traffic count in 2018 was about 11,200 vehicles a day, with about 10% of it truck traffic.

GDOT awarded a $5.3 million contract last year to E.R. Snell Contractor Inc. for the half-mile project, including the bridge and approaches.

All work is to be completed by Oct. 31.

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foodforthought

Hopefully this will put all the truck traffic back onto highway 11. For the last year it has been diverted to Bold Springs Road causing very unsafe driving conditions when meeting these large semi trucks. Bold Springs is a narrow road with lots of curves. The large trucks present a hazard on our rural roads. Highway 11 runs parallel to Bold Springs. Highway 11 is a better option for these big trucks.

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