Yellow River bridge on Hwy. 36 to be replaced

COVINGTON -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will be closing the bridge over the Yellow River on Ga. Hwy. 36 for replacement, and motorists will need to find an alternate route for 18 to 24 months.

But it's nothing to worry about yet. According to a DOT spokeswoman, the project won't be let until fiscal year 2016, some time between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

According to the DOT, the bridge, located 10 miles south of the city of Covington, is structurally deficient.

The .6 mile repair project will begin approximately 1,500 feet northeast of the Ga. Highway 36 and Ga. Highway 162 interchange and end about 800 feet southwest of the Ga. Highway 36 intersection with Bohannon Road.

The new bridge will be approximately 1,000 feet long and 36 feet wide, with two 12-foot travel lanes and 10-foot shoulders on either side.

According to the DOT, "The overall design of the project corridor would slightly flatten the grade of the bridge approaches through a combination of lowering the profile of the roadbed while raising that of the bridge deck. The proposed bridge would be constructed in the same location as the existing bridge. Traffic flow would be temporarily diverted to an off-site detour utilizing existing roadways until construction of the replacement bridge is complete."

The cost of the project is $6 million and it is being funded solely by state and federal funds, according to the spokeswoman.