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Work on Hwy. 53 bridge over Amicalola extended

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Georgia DOT announces maintenance work on the State Route 53/Jasper Highway bridge over the Amicalola Creek will take longer than planned. Crews are currently working on the SR 53 Bridge over Amicalola Creek west of Tinsley Chapel Road, approximately 3 miles from the Dawson/Pickens County line. The bridge will remain reduced to one lane through August 31 for reconstruction. A temporary traffic signal is directing traffic across the bridge.

“The reconstruction work is taking longer than expected. If the weather cooperates, the work will be completed by August 31. A temporary signal will continue to operate almost as a person flagging traffic around the clock until the work is completed,” explained Georgia DOT District Engineer, Bayne Smith.

The existing concrete driving surface or bridge deck will be removed by hydro-blasting then a new concrete driving surface will be poured. The contractor will work around the clock on the project in one lane at a time. As one lane is finished, traffic will be shifted to use that lane while work occurs in the other lane. The work will conclude by August 31.

“We are going to continue to use the temporary signal for traffic control through the end of August. The capacity of State Route 53 Highway is reduced to one lane at the bridge so there are delays in the area. Please slow down in the area and use additional caution as the work occurs. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will conclude the work and open both lanes of the bridge as quickly as possible,” concluded Smith.

This bridge is one of three included in a $1.9 contract awarded to Comanche Construction of Marietta. The State Route 11 Bridge over the Middle Oconee River in Jackson County and SR 246 Bridge over the Little Tennessee River in Rabun County are also a part of this contract. The contract completion date for all three bridges is of September 30, 2012.

The Georgia Department of Transportation continues its RoadWorks2012 construction program.  As the end of summer and a new school year draw near, dozens of important roadway infrastructure improvement projects continue throughout the state.  Keeping Georgia’s transportation network the nation’s finest requires continual investment and maintenance. Pardon us for this necessary inconvenience and please drive cautiously in work zones and safely at all times.  For more information on Georgia DOT projects, please visit; you also may follow the Department on Facebook( and Twitter (

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