Beam Setting Delayed Until Today At Site of New SR 17 Bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced that crews did not begin setting 20 more beams for the new State Route 17 bridge at the Stephens-Franklin County line Wednesday.

Georgia DOT Spokesperson Teri Pope said that a delay occurred Wednesday because of a scheduling problem with the specialized trucks that deliver the beams to the work zone.

Pope said the new plan is to start setting the beams Thursday (August 7) and continue through Saturday (August 9).

She said crews would then break on Sunday and set the final beams on Monday (August 11).

The plan remains to set five beams each day, weather permitting.

Pope said once beam setting starts, motorists should still expect delays, especially as the beams are put in place over where traffic is running now on the current State Route 17.

“As the beams are placed over traffic, traffic will be stopped completely,” said Pope. “We will stop traffic for about 10 minutes at a time to get those beams in place.”

Pope said those beams over traffic will be placed on Thursday and Friday.

When crews are setting beams that are not over the current travel lanes, Pope said the delays will be shorter and closer in length to delays encountered during the first round of beam setting last month.

Pope said that if all goes as planned, five beams will go up each day until all 20 are in place.

She went on to say that setting these 20 beams will complete the beam setting for the bridge that will eventually take a new, four-lane State Route 17 over the current State Route 17 and the Hartwell Railroad.

This is all part of the project to build a new, four-lane State Route 17 from the Stephens-Franklin County line to Memorial Drive in Toccoa.

That whole project is set to be complete by May 31, 2016.