Contracts Awarded for SWGA Bridge Replacements, Resurfacings

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Thursday, July 11th, 2024

Approximately $21 million in awarded construction contracts will replace a trio of 65-year-old bridges on a county road and resurface portions of two state routes in Southwest Georgia.

The largest portion of that money will be used to replace aging, weight-posted bridges on Ellenton Omega Road in Colquitt County. The bridges are over Warrior Creek (built in 1939 and reconstructed in 1959), Warrior Creek overflow (built in 1959) and Ty Ty Creek (also built in 1959). They are being replaced due to the ages of the bridges and because none meet current design standards. Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) bridge programs help replace bridges that aren't on the state highway system, which reduces the number of deficient or weight-posted bridges. These bridges will be replaced as part of the Department's Local Bridge Replacement Program.

The bridges will be raised three feet to provide adequate clearance over the 100-year flood elevation. Traffic will not have to detour off site during construction. The $11.6 million construction contract was awarded to Southern Concrete Construction Co. Inc. Construction is expected to be complete in the summer of 2026.

On state routes, a total of 21 miles of roadway will be resurfaced. An approximately $5 million contract awarded to Reames and Son Construction Co. Inc. will resurface State Route (SR) 122 in Thomas County from east of US 19/Thomasville bypass to the Brooks County line. It is expected to be finished in the spring of 2025.

SR 91 in Dougherty County will be resurfaced from north of SR 234 to the Lee County line. The approximately $4.5 million contract was awarded to Griffin Grading & Concrete LLC. It also is expected to finish in the spring of 2025.

These contracts were awarded in May and June to the lowest qualified bidder. A reminder that start dates have not been determined for any of these contracts and scheduled completion dates are subject to change.