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Bridge repair to force detour in White County

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A $1 million bridge repair will soon be underway in Cleveland and it’s going to create some traffic changes for local drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced plans Wednesday to temporarily close and repair the Roy Head Bridge over Little Tesnatee Creek in June.

Work is scheduled to begin on June 12. The bridge will be closed for 21 days. During that time, crews will clean and paint the 66-year-old bridge. They’ll also replace joints and place a protective overlay to the driving surface of the bridge.

“This work will extend the useful service-life of the bridge located on State Route 11 (SR 11) / US 129 for another 25 years,” says GDOT District 1 spokeswoman Katie Strickland. “For this work to be completed in less than a month, complete closure of the bridge over Little Tesnatee will save time and enhance safety for construction partners.”

Detour

When work begins, traffic will be detoured at the junction of SR 11/ US 129  and Tesnatee Valley Gap Road to State Route 115 (West Kytle Street). There, traffic will be detoured onto the West Cleveland Bypass before rejoining SR 11/ US 129 where the detour ends.

The project was awarded in December 2017. The scheduled completion date is July 31st but the bridge will reopen to traffic on July 1st.

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