More Beams Going Up on New Hwy 17 Bridge in Martin Today

The Georgia Department of Transportation says work will continue today, weather permitting, to set bridge beams at the new State Route 17 bridge near the Stephens-Franklin County line.

DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said crews put the second set of five bridge beams in place Thursday after setting the first five beams on Wednesday.

If the weather cooperates, crews will set five more beams today and then set the final five beams on Saturday.

Pope said these beams are part of the bridge that will eventually take the new, four-lane State Route 17 over the existing State Route 17 and the Hartwell Railroad.

According to Pope, each of the pre-stressed concrete beams is about 126 feet long and six feet tall.

Pope said they are delivered via Interstate 85 and State Route 17 from the Lavonia exit.

As each beam arrives at the site, she said one lane of State Route 17 will be shut down for a time as cranes are moved into position, then used to pick the beams up and move them out of the way.

Pope said delays are most likely between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The bridge is part of the larger project to make Highway 17 a four-lane highway from Memorial Drive in Toccoa to the Stephens-Franklin County line.

Construction of the new, four-lane Highway 17 is scheduled to be complete by May 31, 2016.