GDOT closing portion of SR 136 in Dawson County
Beginning Monday, Feb. 6, the bridge over the Etowah River on SR 136 in Dawson County will be closed in both directions—for at least 180 days—while construction of a new bridge is underway.
SR 136 will be closed at the Etowah River and open only to local traffic on each side of the closure, all other traffic will use the marked detour.
For travelers driving on SR 136 from Big Canoe west toward SR 400 or from locations on the east side of 400 toward the west, a proposed 10.8-mile detour route has been established. (See map showing the detour route.) The detour route is expected to be in place for approximately nine months. It will be clearly marked and will utilize SR 9 south to SR 53 east to SR 400 north from the west approach and SR 400 south to SR 53 west to SR 9 north from the east approach.
The $2.6 million project’s scheduled completion is August 31, 2017. E.R. Snell of Snellville, Ga was awarded the project in May 2016.
Built in 1965, the existing bridge does not meet existing standard. It is 196 feet long, 26-feet wide and does not have shoulders. The new bridge will be 240-feet long and 40-feet wide featuring 12-foot wide lanes and 8-feet wide shoulders. Shoulders allow a safe place to move a vehicle out of the roadway if needed. The 240-foot bridge will be located in Dawson County 5.7 miles east of Dawsonville. The new construction will continue to be a rural two-lane, 55-mph corridor.
Compiled from Georgia Department of Transportation releases