The City of Douglas has been notified by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) that New Forest Road in Coffee County is scheduled to close Monday, June 6, 2022, for the replacement of the 60-year-old Otter Creek bridge.
The scheduled completion date is Oct. 31, 2022. Detour routes will be Nicholls Road, County Road 315/Central Baptist Church Road, and US 221/state Route 135.
This is a Georgia Department of Transportation Low Impact Bridge Program project. The program replaces bridges that are not on the state highway system, reducing the number of county road bridges that have posted weight limits or may have closed due to deteriorating conditions. Construction time is shortened by the use of some prefabricated components and closing the bridge and implementing a detour, which also keeps costs down. The construction contract is $1,471,437.58.
The Otter Creek bridge on New Forest Road in Coffee County was built in 1962 and has weight limits. This photo was taken during the last bridge inspection in 2021. (Photo credit: GDOT)