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Work on I-95 overpass set to begin in Richmond Hill


Progress is being made after more than a month of lane closures and a temporary fix on U.S. 17 at the I-95 overpass in Richmond Hill.

The Georgia Department of Transportation's District and State Engineers have been working on a permanent fix since July 2nd, when a commercial vehicle carrying an excavator struck the overpass.

After about 24 hours GADoT opened all but one lane on U.S. 17 northbound and the deceleration lane on the bridge for exit 87 on I-95 southbound.

Since then, towering wooden pyres have been used as a safety net since nine steel beams in "Span 2" of the bridge were damaged.

Beams one through seven will be totally replaced and beams eight and nine will be fixed or basically straightened out. It’s expected to take a month.

The GDoT says they are footing the almost $1.5 million bill; however, they are seeking restitution from that company's insurance.

The I-95/U.S. 17 emergency bridge reconstruction contract was awarded on July 28th to L.C. Whitford of Alpharetta.

The estimated timeframe for the repair work to begin is in mid-September, due to the fabrication time of the steel substructure to the specifications needed for this project. Thirty-day contract completion is expected once the contactor begins work, if the weather permits.

There may be more lane closures during the fix, and we'll alert you to those as they become available.

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