Bridge construction delayed even longer after millions spent

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "It's a disgrace ... I don't know when they are going to finish. People in China build a bridge from one valley to another in a year," said Peter Rogers as he shared frustration from the unfinished bridge near his home that hasn't seen much progress lately.

"Oh, over 3 years," said Rogers of the project.

Construction started back in 2010 with hopes of the it being ready for drivers by 2012, but still no new bridge.

"As a tax payer what else is new--we always get ripped off. It's terrible--someone has to be accountable," but tax payers like Rogers aren't the only ones upset-- so are construction workers like, James Sibert, who use's the bridge at least 3 days a week to get between Lincolnton and McCormick.

"It's taking a long time to do what they are suppose to do-- and it's just kind of discouraging," said Sibert of the delays.

Officals say support columns similar to the ones on the old bridge, are partially to blame for the long delay. Engineers believe the deep, cold water, along with changes in temperatures hurt the process of sealing the 'bent' or bridge supports--excuses this tax payers knows don't work with the IRS.

"Pay up or you going to pay up with interest," Rogers said would be his option if he owed the government something by a certain date and added, "Somebody's got to be accoutable,"

Georgia DOT sent us a statemnt with a few of the details about the project, but we're still waiting for information on just exactly how much the state is behind on budget. Many in the area say it's been a least 6 months since they'd seen any work on the bridge.


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