Open House for New Bridge Project in Lincoln Co. Tomorrow

August 29, 2012

An Open House is scheduled for tomorrow to discuss the Georgia Department of Transportation’s proposed bridge replacement project in Lincoln County. The meeting will be held at The Lincoln Center, 160 May Avenue in Lincolnton. The public is invited to stop by any time between 4 and 6 p.m.  No formal presentation will be given.

The proposed project is to replace the bridge over Soap Creek on State Route 43. Jill Nagal, who is a Communications Officer with GDOT, said that the GDOT is looking to upgrade the bridge.

“The reason for the replacement is the age of the bridge. The original bridge was built in 1952, and also the design is a two travel lane with no emergency lane.” said Nagal, “So the Georgia DOT wants to upgrade the bridge.”

According to Nagal, the priority for the new bridge is the safety of the motorists who will use the bridge.

“There will be a larger area for traffic which includes cars, trucks, and recreational vehicles. The new bridge will have twelve foot travel lanes and emergency lanes. So if you have a car that breaks down, it doesn’t shut the bridge down”, said Nagal.

Lincoln County residents interested in learning more about the project are encouraged to attend, view displays and express thoughts and concerns with GA DOT representatives.

After this event, meeting handouts will be available online. To access, visit Georgia DOT’s Web site at; select Information Center; Public Information; then Public Outreach.