Custer Rd. Bridge on Ft. Benning expected to open soon - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Custer Rd. Bridge on Ft. Benning expected to open soon

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Officials tell News Leader 9 that construction on a highly used bridge is coming along well, shaving about two to three months off of the allotted construction time.

In February, an accident involving an18-wheeler dealt a huge blow to the lower side of the Custer Road Bridge near the I-185 gate on Fort Benning. 

Several months of reconstruction has kept traffic off of the bridge, causing headaches for families on post.

News leader nine spoke with officials at Fort Benning to find out when drivers can expect to be able to use the bridge again.

"The contractors involved had to work very closely together to pull this off, and really, six and a half months is a short period," says Rick Clapp, Chief of Engineering Division and Director of Public Works at Fort Benning. "I know it's long if you're having to live with the daily effects of this outage, but this is a project that could have taken a year or more in some cases. And as I say, we've at least saved a couple of months, and we've avoided two outages as well."

The bridge was originally constructed in 1974, and met highway standard requirements at that time. Now, with repairs, the bridge has been raised a foot to become compliant with current standards, and hopefully preventing such accidents in the future.

Clapp says they expect the bridge to reopen by Aug. 31.  

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