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Florida DOT to close U.S. Highway 17 bridge for a year

Special to SEGAZINE

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced that the  Florida DOT will closing the St. Mary’s River Bridge on U.S. Highway 17 at the Georgia-Florida state line on April 8 for approximately one year for a renovation project.

The $3.5 million project includes replacing and fixing damaged steel and refurbishing mechanical components of the bridge. The project contract specifies 330 days to complete the work and allows for extra time to be added for weather delays, holidays and unforeseen technical issues.

The bridge was built in 1927. An average of 8,600 vehicles a day travel across the bridge in both directions.

The detour route will be signed as follows:

· Motorists traveling southbound on U.S. 17/S.R. 25 should take State Route 40 /East King Avenue to Interstate 95; turn left at the on ramp for I-95 South to reconnect with U.S. 17 in Florida.

· Motorists traveling northbound after entering Georgia on I-95 should take Exit Ramp 3; turn right on State Route 40/East King Avenue to reconnect with U.S. 17/S.R. 25.

Travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other construction project on interstates and state routes.

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One Response to Florida DOT to close U.S. Highway 17 bridge for a year

  1. Sharon Darrith Reply

    June 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

    What should a person on bicycle do if traveling north on Hwy 17 from Florida into Georgia on Tuesday, July 2, 2013?

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