New SR 17 Bridge Beam Setting Set To Resume Today

After crews had to put off the work Friday and Saturday due to the weather, the setting of beams for the new State Route 17 bridge at the Stephens-Franklin County line is expected to continue later today.

Rain Friday and Saturday delayed beam setting that was scheduled to take place.

Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Teri Pope said crews are expected to resume setting the beams today over the traffic lanes of the current State Route 17, picking up where they left off when they set the first four beams on Thursday.

“That leaves six more to go over traffic and our plan is to do those (today) in the same timeframe, 11 a.m. to about 5 p.m.,” said Pope. “This is the beam setting that will close the road (current SR 17) for about 10 minutes at a time.”

Pope said motorists should expect delays today when the road is closed for those 10 minute periods to set those beams.

She added that motorists, if it is possible to do so, should avoid the area.

Setting the remaining 6 beams over the travel lanes would leave 10 more beams still to be set.

Pope said the contractor has not yet finalized a schedule for setting those final 10 beams.

Once all 20 of these beams are set, it 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.