Valdosta Highway bridge completion delayed
Delays continue on the bridge replacement on Georgia State Road 31 or, commonly known as, the Valdosta Highway. The bridge that goes over the Withlacoochee River will not be completed until August of 2015. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the reason for this new completion date is inclement weather conditions and changes in design. This is the second time the completion date has been pushed back. The bridge was originally planned to be completed in August of 2014 but was pushed back to March of 2015. The Georgia Department of Transportation began the project in April of 2013. The total cost of the bridge is estimated to be $6,494,817.38. The Florida Department of Transportation is paying $2,066,454 toward the bridge replacement for a portion of the bridge on the Florida side, the roadway approach and reconstruction of Oak Hill Road. The project consists of a 780′ long, 43′-6″ wide bridge replacement west of the existing bridge. The bridge section will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes and eight-foot wide rural shoulders. The total length of the project will be 2,990 feet, just over half a mile. The current bridge, built in 1941 is only 24 feet wide. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the project is approximately 65 percent complete.