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Accidents, Traffic Lead to New Back River Bridge Plan

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Accidents like this one on old Back River Bridge have become all too common Accidents like this one on old Back River Bridge have become all too common

58 years after it was first built, the Back River Bridge is now slated to be replaced.

The reason?  

It's considered outdated.

The bridge, which connects Jasper County and Hutchinson Island, was built in 1954 to help deal with the day-to-day traffic from Georgia to South Carolina and back.

But as the number of cars has grown, so has the traffic.
 
As of 2010, 19,000 cars and trucks now use that bridge.

And projecting forward according to Georgia Department of Transportation, that number will grow to 35,000.

It's about a $14.75 million project when all the bids are in.

Construction starts this summer and will take between 24 and 30 months to finish.

The new bridge will be three feet higher, one mile long including exits, and more importantly 14 feet wider.

Instead of the concrete barriers right next to the roadway, there will be eight feet of shoulder on either side.

Giving drivers someplace to pull off, or go if an accident happens right in front of them.

The good news for drivers who use that bridge, the construction won't affect your daily commute.

It will be a new bridge with new on and off ramps.

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