Bainbridge citizens can view plans for bypass bridges and proposed detour at DOT Open House Thursday

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – You are invited Thursday to view plans and submit comments on a maintenance project scheduled for the north and southbound bridges over the Flint River on U.S. 84/U.S. 27/state Route 38/SR 1. The work will require two weekend detours.

The plans and proposed detour routes will be displayed during a Georgia Department of Transportation open house from 4-6 p.m. at the Decatur County Commission office, 203 W. Broughton St. in Bainbridge. Georgia DOT representatives will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. There will not be a formal presentation.

The project will require closing the north and southbound bridges for one weekend each for a total of two weekends. Only one bridge will be closed at a time. Detours are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Fridays and remain in place until 5 a.m. the following Monday. Traffic will be detoured onto local state routes when a bridge is closed. The maintenance project is scheduled to be let next year so there is no construction start date at this time.

You may give a verbal or written statement during the open house. If you can’t attend you may still submit a written comment by mail or online by Sunday, Dec. 21. Mailed comments should be sent to:


Ms. Hiral Patel, P.E.

Georgia Department of Transportation

600 West Peachtree St. NW

16th Floor

Atlanta, GA 30308


To submit comments online, go to and follow these instructions:


  • Click Public Outreach in the Quick Links box on bottom right side of the page;
  • Using the drop down menu, select the county in which the proposed project is located and click Go;
  • Select Bridge Rehabilitation on SR 1/SR 38/US 27/US 84 over the Flint River;
  • Click Comment and follow the instructions to leave your comments.


A Georgia DOT representative will respond to comments and all comments will be made part of the project’s official record.


The project displays and plans will be available for review for 10 days after the open house via the online Public Outreach section at Hardcopies will also be available at the Georgia DOT area office located at 734 W. Crawford St. in Donalsonville. Following the 10-day public comment period, a copy of all comments received will be available by request at the Atlanta address listed above.


The Georgia Department of Transportation continues its RoadWorks 2014 construction program.  Dozens of important roadway improvement projects are ongoing throughout the state as we work to deliver projects on time and on budget while keeping our transportation network the nation’s finest. Pardon the necessary inconvenience and please drive cautiously and safely at all times, especially in work zones.  For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit or subscribe to our Press Release RSS feed.  You also may follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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