"Temporary" Ga. 22 West bridge taking shape


Back in February, when work began on the Ga. 22 West bridge project over Fishing Creek, the goal was to have a new 'temporary bridge" operational at some point "this spring."

The last day of spring is Tuesday, however, and the section of road alongside the new temporary bridge is still gravel (see the pic above). 

The new temporary bridge, which is much narrower, will allow traffic to continue along Ga. 22 West without any detours or road closures. Once the temporary bridge opens to traffic, whenever that is, crews will tear down the current bridge over Fishing Creek and construct a new "permanent" bridge in its place. Once completed, the new permanent bridge will include "12-foot travel lanes with 10-foot shoulders," according to the Department of Transportation.

The DOT's original goal was to have the entire project completed by "late summer," although that now looks a little ambitious. 

The existing bridge is one of roughly a half-dozen around Baldwin County that was built prior to 1960, and the bridge previously identified by the Department of Transportation for replacement. The $2.8 million project was awarded to Gregory Bridge Company.

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