The first set of beams for the new Highway 17 bridge over Eastanollee Creek are in place after being set on Monday.
Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Teri Pope said crews completed all of the work that was planned for Monday without any major problems.
“We set all six beams that we had planned to set,” said Pope. “It went well. The beams did arrive later than expected because they got caught in Atlanta traffic, but they did get there shortly after lunch and we were able to set all six beams as planned.”
The pre-stressed concrete bridge beams are 127 feet long and six feet tall.
Pope said each beam was custom designed for one place in this bridge, like a puzzle piece that will only fit in one place.
She said at some point, more beams will have to be set as the bridge construction continues.
The construction of this new bridge over Eastanollee Creek is part of the larger project to make Highway 17 a four-lane highway from Memorial Drive in Toccoa to the Stephens-Franklin County line.
Work started last Fall and Pope said that the DOT hopes crews will make significant progress through the construction season this Spring and Summer.
“We are hoping you are going to see a lot more progress a lot more rapidly on the 17 widening project,” said Pope. “We want to remind you that it is a work zone and all fines are doubled in work zones. Please remember to slow down and obey all of those traffic rules as you drive through the work zone.”
Construction of the new, four-lane Highway 17 is scheduled to be complete by May 31, 2016.