Repairs under way on Back River Bridge

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Crews with the Georgia Dept. of Transportation is repairing the Back River Bridge in Chatham County.

The bridge was damaged in a truck crash Tuesday. Authorities say Kenneth Duane Smith lost control of his concrete pumping truck and rolled over at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The truck was hanging off of the bridge for hours.

Rescue crews tried to rescue the man for more than two hours. A helicopter was waiting to take him to the hospital, but the South Carolina Highway Patrol said Smith was killed.

The work will be done from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, weather permitting, at State Road 17 on the Back River Bridge approaching the Tamadge Memorial Bridge. The repairs are expected to be completed by this weekend, according to the DOT.

Georgia DOT Bridge Crews will be installing a single southbound lane closure on S.R. 17 at the Back River Bridge. This lane closure will be utilized to reconstruct the guard rail, catwalk, and curb and make need repairs to the bridge.

Georgia DOT crews will lead both north and southbound drivers through the construction work zone with a pilot vehicle while the southbound S.R. 17 lane closure is in place, according to the DOT.

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