MILLEDGEVILLE — The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) said the final nine miles of the 215-mile Fall Line Freeway (FLF) project built between state Route 24 and Highway 441 South of Milledgeville in Baldwin and Wilkinson counties has a current contract completion date of Nov. 30, 2015.
The project was awarded to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. Dec. 14, 2012 at $58.3 million.
Len Burgamy, GDOT Area Engineer, said via email the FLF project is currently 1.19 percent ahead of schedule.
The project will include a new, four-lane roadway with a total of eight bridges spanning the Oconee River and two area creeks. The Fall Line undertaking consists of new roadway sections like those being built in this final project, as well as the widening and improvement of existing highways - resulting in a four-lane freeway stretching from Columbus to Macon to Augusta.
Drivers can expect three upcoming road closures required for the FLF project.
“Those closures will occur on State Route 112 (area of Georgia War Veterans Cemetery), Stembridge Road and Ennis Road. The contractor will be allowed to close these locations up to 14 days to complete the work,” Burgamy said. “When a location is closed there will be a signed detour in place. This work has not been scheduled at this time.”
This local FLF construction features four double bridges:
• Bridge No. 1 at U.S. 441's piling is being installed;
• Bridge No. 2 at Black Creek's area has been cleared but no bridge work has taken place;
• Bridge No. 3 at Reedy Creek and Bridge No. 4 at the Oconee River have work bridges constructed allowing the contractor a work space to build the permanent structures;
A temporary lane closure may take place within the next month to install a barrier wall at the U.S. 441 bridge location. GDOT said this is needed to construct the bridge substructure.
The Fall Line Freeway corridor has received total GDOT investment of more than $500 million since the Governor's Road Improvement Program (GRIP) program began in 1989.
Created by the Georgia General Assembly, GRIP provides for the construction of a system of economic development highways that, when complete, will connect 95 percent of Georgia cities with populations of 2,500 or more to the Interstate Highway System.
It also will place 98 percent of Georgia's population within 20 miles of a four-lane road. GRIP includes 19 economic development highway corridors and three truck access routes for a total of 3,273 miles of roadway.
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