A portion of Rocky Ford Road in the northeast part of Bulloch County will soon be closed for about four months while the Baygall Creek Bridge is replaced.
Starting July 8, the portion of the road between Highway 25 and Old River Road North will be closed to through traffic until Oct. 31, said Bulloch County Engineer Brad Deal.
Traffic will be detoured to Middleground Road during construction, he said. People living in the area will still be able to travel the road to get to their property, with the exception of the bridge, which will be demolished and replaced, he said.
The decision came after a recent Georgia Department of Transportation inspection that revealed wear and damage, but until the road is closed, the bridge is safe to use, he said.
“The main issues that this bridge has is that some of the steel support piles are being undermined, and the piles are also showing some significant rust,” he told the Statesboro Herald. “Also, there is some significant cracking and spalling of the concrete caps under the bridge deck, which has caused the rebar in the cap to become exposed and rust. The bridge is still safe to drive on, but was identified for replacement because it will most likely deteriorate rapidly in the next few years due to its condition.”
The bridge was constructed in 1955, according to county records.
While the bridge remains safe at the moment, “it needs to be tended to before it becomes unsafe,” said Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch.
The replacement will be mainly state funded, with a small matching funds amount from county coffers, he said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.