COVINGTON - The Alcovy Road bridge over Cornish Creek will be closed for three months beginning Wednesday.
Repairs to the bridge are necessary because the steel inside the bridge has been overexposed to water, causing the concrete to crack, according to County Engineer Kevin Walter.
"If we let that continue, in a few years the bridge will have to be replaced," Walter said. "It's not a safety issue; it's more of a maintenance and longevity issue."
If the problem persists, however, the steel could become corroded, he said.
Motorists will be detoured while work is under way.
Those heading south out of Jersey toward Covington will detour on Alcovy Trestle Road to Hazelbrand Road and Ga. Highway 142, then back to Alcovy Road.
Those heading north will take McMahon Road to Hazelbrand, then Alcovy Trestle onto Alcovy.
Semi-trucks will be detoured all the way into Walton County via Ga. Highway 81 North, due to a sharp turn on the regular detour route, Walter said.
The routes will be clearly marked and barricades will block access to the bridge.
For a more detailed detour route, visit www.co.newton.ga.us.
The project should be completed by the end of March, Walter said.
The $500,000 project will be funded through special purpose local option sales tax revenues.
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