Best bridge in Georgia spans Big Curry Creek in Jefferson

Updated Oct 24, 2015
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A bridge for Highway 82/15 Alternate spanning Big Curry Creek in Jefferson has received the 2015 Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality (GPTQ) award for the best Bridge Deck Steel Cover statewide.

The GPTQ is a partnership between the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Georgia Highway Contractors Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia and recognizes high-quality road and bridge projects each year.

The bridge is one portion of a one-way pair system project being built by Pittman Construction that travels through downtown Jefferson. It also includes a multi-use trail to be built in Big Curry Park.

The expected completion date for all components of the $6.9 million project is August 31 next year.

“Of the 1,500 road construction projects underway across Georgia, our construction of the bridge for Highway 82 over Big Curry Creek was named the best bridge deck steel cover in the state,” GDOT District Engineer Brent Cook said. “The bridge deck steel cover is extremely important to the life of the bridge. It eliminates the rusting of the reinforcing steel and adds to the overall structural integrity of the bridge, allowing DOT to save time and labor because of the decreased maintenance required on the bridge.”