Thursday, June 5, 2014
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A car exits north at the Interstate 75 interchange with Brighton Road in Tift County. The bridge will be replaced with one nearly twice the width. (Special Photo)
TIFTON — A $15.1 million upgrade will give drivers who exit Interstate 75 at the Brighton Road interchange in Tift County a clearer view of traffic approaching from the left by replacing the narrow bridge with one nearly twice the width.
Signs at the top of the ramps of Exit 66 warn drivers of “sudden traffic from left.” The bridge that was built in 1959 is narrow and drivers have to inch forward in order to see around the sides and spot any approaching traffic. A project just awarded to the Scruggs Company of Hahira calls for demolition of the bridge and construction of a new one with wider lanes and a median turn lane.
The existing two-lane bridge is approximately 210 feet long and 34 feet wide. It is structurally sound, but was built to 1959 standards, Assistant District Engineer Brent Thomas said. The new bridge will be about 290 feet long and 58 feet wide.
The exit and entrance ramps will be relocated and a loop ramp will be constructed for drivers exiting I-75 south. Brighton Road will be widened from two lanes to two through lanes with a median turn lane on the west side of the bridge to the intersection of U.S. 41. The project will also increase the width of the shoulders of I-75 under the bridge.
The interchange will be temporarily closed during construction and traffic will be detoured. Any traffic interruptions will be announced in advance.
Contracts between the Georgia Department of Transportation and the contractor have to be signed before the Department issues a notice to proceed with construction.