GDOT completes Cedar Ridge Road Bridge reopens to traffic Aug. 15, two days early. (Courtesy GDOT)

GDOT completes Cedar Ridge Road Bridge replacement two days early

Fewer rainy days and good planning are behind the Georgia Department of Transportation’s ability to open the Cedar Ridge Road bridge over I-85 in Franklin County just a little ahead of schedule. The bridge officially closed for construction Feb. 18, reopened to traffic Thursday, Aug. 15.

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

The Cedar Ridge Road Bridge is one of the I-85 Corridor Bridge Replacement Projects bridges being replaced. Contractors had 180 calendar days to demolish the old bridge, construct the new bridge, and reopen the street to traffic. The replacement was originally scheduled 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 expected to open in March 2020.

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