Georgia Department of Transportation Says State's Bridges Are Safe


May 19, 2018

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Tragedy can strike anywhere and at any time. The people who died in the Florida pedestrian bridge collapse would never have known anythingwas wrong as they passed under the span. The bridge crushed several vehicles and killed six people instantly. The incident remains under investigation by federal and state authorities in Florida. The senseless loss of life raised the question in Georgia, and every other state in the Union, as to whether the bridges we use every day will remain upright. Unequivocally, the Georgia Department of Transportation steadfastly maintains that the state's bridges and overpasses are safe.

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Are Georgia's Bridges Actually Safe?

The pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Miami was built on an accelerated schedule. Engineers fabricated and assembled most of the bridge off-site, then hauled it in and assembled it where the bridge ultimately fell. The Georgia Department of Transportation employed those same techniques, called accelerated bridge construction when building several bridges in the state. 

Georgia Department of Transportation's general contractor on the I-85 reconstruction used the same technique while rebuilding the part of the bridge that collapsed due to fire in the spring of 2017. Experts credit using that bridge-building technique to replace the burned sections of I-85 with reopening the Interstate approximately one month ahead of schedule. Workers replaced the 700-foot sectionof steel, rebar, and concrete in an amazing six weeks.

Department of Transportation officials standby the construction methods used by their general contractors on the I-85 bridge and other bridges and overpasses across the state. Department of Transportation officials arguethat building a bridge away from the area and putting it in place is a technique successfully used around the world on numerous occasions. Accelerated bridge construction asa method of bridge building is a popular technique because it limits the amount of time needed to shut down highways and interstates. The bridges get fitted quickly with limited interruption of people's daily lives. 

Other Bridges In Georgia that Were Built Using Accelerated Techniques

The Georgia Department of Transportation used accelerated building to construct other bridge around that state in addition to the I-85 bridge. Those other bridges include:

  • Georgia State Route 299 over I-24 (which was built in substantially the same way as the doomed Florida bridge,
  • Courtland Street Bridge in Atlanta, and
  • Two bridges on I-285.

In the end, transportation authorities express confidence in their ability to oversee projects to ensure the safety of the public. 

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Source:

https://www.myajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/florida-bridge-collapse-gdot-says-georgia-bridges-are-safe/j4ymPOzkdC6jF1xdOEe6aP/

 

 

 

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