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The former Fortune Hole Road bridge over Little Palmetto Creek in Harris County.
Photo courtesy of GDOT.

The new bridge as recently completed through the 'bridge bundle' program. Photo courtesy of GDOT.
Georgia DOT Replaces Five Bridges in West Central Georgia Through 'Bridge Bundle' Program

THOMASTON – The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) is pleased to announce that the local bridge bundle replacements funded in Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) are complete and open to traffic.

The bridge bundles are state-funded bridge replacement projects that replaced and updated 24 structurally deficient bridges on off-system roads—city or county routes that are not part of the state system.

In West Central Georgia - Georgia DOT's District 3 - the following bridges were replaced:
• Coweta County - On Bradbury Road over Yellow Jacket Creek
• Crawford County - On Avery Road over Culpepper Creek
• Harris County - On Fortune Hole Road over Little Palmetto Creek
• Meriwether County - On County Line Church Road over White Sulphur Creek
• Pike County - On Williams Mill Road over Chapman Creek

The FY16 replacements represent a total investment for all 24 bridges of $39.6 million and are part of the Georgia DOT Design-Build (DB) Bridge Replacement Program. They were delivered through five contracts with three contractors. The program, funded as a result of the Transportation Funding Act (TFA) of 2015, utilizes bundles to maximize efficiency and speed in the replacement of the locally-owned infrastructure. Similar local bridge replacements from fiscal years 2017 and 2018 are currently in the works.

The bridge bundles used design-build contracts—each in geographic groups of four to six bridge replacements—which allowed each contractor to efficiently streamline delivery by combining design and construction activities for the bridges in their bundled contract. This concept is especially suitable in rural areas due to lower impacts to the traveling public.

By replacing old bridges, some of which were closed or had weight restrictions, the new bridges enhance safety and quality of life for residents, and enrich communities economically. The replacements accommodate school buses, trucks going from field to market and emergency response vehicles. Reduced construction time means less travel impacts and minimized public inconvenience.

The Design-Build Bridge Replacement Program is under the direction of the Georgia DOT P3 Division/Office of Innovative Delivery, which leverages innovative project funding and delivery methods to bring projects to the public sooner and on budget.

For information about Georgia DOT’s Design-Build program, visit www.dot.ga.gov/PS/Innovative/DesignBuild.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless, and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit www.dot.ga.gov. You also may follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/GeorgiaDOT. and Twitter twitter.com/gadeptoftrans.

Submitted 8.14.19