Bridge replacement plan causing concern in Uvalda, Hazlehurst

Bridge replacement plan causing concern in Uvalda

UVALDA, GA (WTOC) - One proposal calls for the Georgia Department of Transportation to tear down a bridge and build the new one on the same spot.

But that would close the road between Hazlehurst and Uvalda for nearly two years.

Minnie's Kitchen sees plenty of truckers and travelers passing through Uvalda. Owner Neil Duckels worries that could drop if the mile long bridge over the Altamaha disappears.

"Twenty five percent of our business is people passing through, getting a quick meal on the way through. So it's definitely going to hurt us," said Duckels.

Another plan would have the state build the new, wider bridge next to this one. Then tear down the sixty year old original. But they'll need state and federal permits to clear enough land to build here.

That's why Georgia DOT wants people to go online and give opinions of how these plans affect them.
"They can go to our GDOT website, go to projects and they can submit any comments about this," said Jill Nagel, Georgia DOT spokesperson.

She says they need that input because they have to let the contract and get started by 2019.

Georgia DOT stresses this is still the beginning of the project. They're looking at every option of how to replace this bridge. They're weighing the economic impacts, the environmental impacts of each and every plan.

You can also provide your comments by Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 by using any of the following methods:

1. From the menu, select the county in which the proposed project is located and click Go;
2. Then select SR 135 Bridge Over the Altamaha River;
3. Lastly, click Comment and follow the instructions to leave your comments.

  • Mail in your comment card to Ms. Hiral Patel, P.E., Georgia Department of Transportation, 600 West Peachtree Street NW, 16th Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.
  • · Email your comment to: This is a general mailbox so be sure to include the County, PI Number 0007037 and meeting date in the Subject line so that the email gets to the right project team.

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