GDOT: I-20 bridge project to include road widening, traffic light at exit 1 off-ramp

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

(WRDW/WAGT) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is giving more details about its project on I-20.

Work will soon begin on the bridges over the Savannah River on I-20, near exit 1.

According to a press release, the project will replace the existing I-20 Augusta Canal and Savannah River bridges built in the 1960s with new, modern structures to improve safety and operations for 60,000 daily drivers.

The existing bridges provide two travel lanes in each direction with two-foot shoulders separated by an open median. The replacement will provide three, 12-foot lanes in each direction with matching 12-foot inside and outside shoulders.

Officials said Thursday this new structure will reduce costs, improve communication, and expedite project delivery. The widening will stretch about 1.8 miles.

The original price of the project was around $72 million, but that's been raised to about $82 million.

We're learning there will also be some improvements added to Exit 1, North Augusta. Those include a new traffic light at the off-ramp and Martintown Road, as well as a turn lane improvement there.

Officials say most of the work will be done overnight, but it may have an impact on the Augusta National Heritage area.

Officials didn't give a time frame or a start date for the project at Thursday's press event.

Check back with News 12 for the latest as this project progresses.

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