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Georgia agency says 65-year-old bridge needs replacement

March 31, 2019

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — State officials say a 65-year-old bridge in southwest Georgia should be replaced, and the project could take two years and cost at least $15 million.

WALB-TV reports the state Department of Transportation wants to completely rebuild the Oglethorpe Boulevard Bridge spanning the Flint River in downtown Albany.

The U.S. Highway 82-Buisness bridge was built in 1953. DOT spokeswoman Nita Birmingham says it’s showing signs of structural wear and tear, including cracks in the bridge deck and support system, as well as corrosion on some steel beams.

The state and federal governments are expected to pay for a new bridge. Officials say Albany residents will need to take detours during construction.

The old bridge will stay for a while longer. The DOT expects construction to begin in 2022 at the earliest.

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Information from: WALB-TV, http://www.walb.com/