The bridge on Hwy. 136 over the Etowah River in Dawson County will be closed for 180 calendar days beginning on Monday.
According to a press release from the Georgia Department of Transportation, the $2.6 million project is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 31, 2017.
The existing bridge was built in 1965.
The new bridge will be built in its place and traffic will utilize a clearly marked detour to travel around the closed roadway. The 240-foot bridge is located in Dawson County 5.7 miles east of Dawsonville. The new construction will continue to be a rural two-lane, 55 mph corridor, and the project length is .249 miles.
Hwy. 136 will be closed at the Etowah River and open only to local traffic on each side of the closure; all other traffic will use the marked detour.
Traveling from the west approach traffic will detour by way of Hwy. 9 South to Hwy. 53 East to Ga. 400 North. From the east approach drivers will be directed to Ga. 400 South to Hwy. 53 West to Hwy. 9 North.
County Manager David Headley has also released a list of all other roads projects planned for Dawson County in 2017 and in following years.
The information below comes from the list that Headley recently released.
Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 Continuous Flow Intersection
The continuous flow intersection at Ga. 400 and Hwy. 53 is near completion. The estimated completion date for the CFI is May 10, 2017. Katie Strickland, district 1 communications officer for GDOT, said that construction should be focused on the traffic signals through February. The project is on schedule.
Hwy. 53 and Hwy. 183 Roundabout
Construction on the roundabout at the intersection of Hwy. 53 and Hwy. 183 is set to begin in March or April of 2017.
According to a GDOT press release, Dawson County was awarded a project totaling around $3.8 million, which will go toward the construction of the roundabout. The anticipated completion date for this project is May 31, 2018.
Hwy. 9 S Bridge Replacement
The bridge on Hwy. 9 over the Etowah River by Riverview Elementary and the Dawson County Middle School is set to be replaced soon.
The Dawson County Board of Commissioners is set to approve a GTC easement and restrictive covenant that will allow contractors to mobilize in February. Clearing will begin in March, construction in April. Traffic will be maintained by a portable traffic light, one way at a time.
There is no expected completion date at this time.
Hwy. 53 and Lumpkin Campground Road Turn Lane
GDOT is working with the county on funding improvements to the intersection of Lumpkin Campground Road and Hwy. 53. This will be a joint project between the county and the state. The state will provide the funding and the county will be in charge of construction.
Restricted Access at Intersection of Kilough Church Road and Ga. 400, North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall Ga. 400 entrance
Several years ago a safety study was conducted on Ga. 400. Three intersections were identified as critical safety hazards: the Kilough Church Road and Ga. 400 intersection, the outlet mall's Ga. 400 entrance and the Industrial Blvd. and Beartooth Pkwy crossover on Ga. 400.
The crash data showed that most accidents occurred due to cross-over traffic. On or about 2012, GDOT constructed a median break, prohibiting cross-over traffic at the intersection of Beartooth Pkwy and Industrial Blvd. GDOT is proposing to install the same at the other locations per approval by the county.
Beartooth Parkway Traffic Signal
The state will not commit to a traffic signal at that location due to the potential impacts to the CFI intersection at Hwy. 53 and Ga. 400.
Hwy. 53 and Hugh Stowers Road Intersection Improvement
The county has submitted plans and discussed with GDOT the possibility of restricting access and increasing safety of the intersection.
Hwy. 52 and Hwy. 183 Roundabout
The county has conducted final field plans and review, and is in the process of right-of-way acquisition phase. The project is scheduled to begin possibly in 2018, and is considered a priority.
Dawson Forest Road, Hwy. 53 and Thompson Creek Road Intersection Roundabout
The GDOT has quick-response money available for projects under $200,000. Depending on the estimates, there is a possibility that this project will qualify. If so, it will be considered a priority project and possibly begin in 2018.
Hwy. 136 and the Keith Evans/Bailey Waters Road Intersection Roundabout
Currently the Dawson County Board of Commissioners must vote to authorize Chairman Billy Thurmond to construct a letter of support for the roundabout that the GDOT would review before any steps toward a roundabout will be taken.
Hwy. 9 S and Dawson Forest Road Roundabout
Money has been authorized for engineering, but there is no schedule yet. This project is approximately 2 years out.