The Hwy. 191 Bridge over Scull Shoal Creek in Madison County will be completely closed to traffic for demolition and construction of a new bridge in 2012.

The bridge is approximately four miles northeast of Danielsville. Traffic will not be allowed across the existing bridge.

“The existing bridge has outlived its life expectancy and does not meet current design standards,” state Department of Transportation officials said. “The new bridge will improve safety and efficiency by minimizing the curves approaching the bridge and to raise the bridge and minimize the trough approaching the bridge. The new bridge will include wide shoulders creating a refuge outside of the travel lanes if needed.”

The 12-mile long detour route directs traffic from the north side of the bridge over Scull Shoal Creek north on SR 191 to SR 281 then southwest on SR 281 to US 29/SR 8. Turn south on US 29/SR 8 to SR 98. Turn southeast on SR 98 to SR 191 and turn north to reach the south end of the bridge.

Construction will begin — weather permitting — Jan. 5, with a projected completion date of Dec. 31, 2012.

Officials say that closing the bridge allows the work to be be “completed in half the time (12 months instead of 24).”

This $1.8 million construction project includes 0.438 mile of new roadway and a new bridge over Scull Shoal Creek. The contractor is E.R. Snell Contracting, Inc. of Snellville.

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